On Saturday, EA and I had the special treat of meeting our great aunt, the famed Aunt Pennie the German opera singer who we learned of growing up but had never before met. After a highly-successful career in opera, she is now retired in Augsburg, a city just north of Munich. It was very special for us to meet her and to get a little taste of her life and her city.
We started at the Golden Hall in Augsburg’s town hall and then walked around the city a bit, where we stopped at the market for lunch. Aunt Pennie is the youngest sister of our beloved late grandmother and Pennie has some of our grandma’s mannerisms and ways of saying things. We loved getting a glimpse of Grandma in her.
After lunch, we toured St. Anne’s church, a medieval church that was originally part of a Carmelite monastery built in 1321. Martin Luther stayed there while he was being questioned by Cardinal Cajetan. The church later became Lutheran.
These are the famous Luther steps, the steps Luther walked up and down from his room in the monastery. A very interesting place.
From the city center, we went back to Aunt Pennie’s apartment where we admired her beautiful balcony garden and learned more about her life, her opera career, and family history.
We are very glad we got to make the trip and meet another part of our mom’s side of the family. Hopefully one day we can return!