Out with the Old…

I was recently driving through Traben Trarbach and I was very disappointed to see this:

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has been demolished and replaced with this:

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The original building could surely have been saved and converted into some interesting apartments or offices with bags of charm and character, but now we will end up with sterile boxes that the Germans seem to be so fond of nowadays.

I Have A Small Favour To Ask….

Like many other people in the area, we are about to embark on an extensive programme of renovations and modernisation of our house, and being total novices would appreciate feedback and advice from anyone who has done or is doing the same on a property in the area. In particular we would welcome local contacts, recommendations or feedback on the various tradespeople and professionals we will probably be needing. Of course, everything will be handled with the strictest of confidence and nobody will be held liable for any recommendations or advice given. Below is a contact form which comes directly to me and will not appear as a comment. Many thanks in advance.

image I recently saw this place in Traben Trarbach. It is a crying shame seeing such places in an advanced state of decay, and even sadder that it is often wrongly considered more cost effective to demolish and build new rather than renovate. This one has some superb architectural details and was clearly a building of notable standing in its day. So if anyone has a spare million, I would happily take it and save this jewel…!

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