Day 888: Rattenfänger

Laetitia returned to Hameln, Lower Saxony, Germany with a tour group.  She noticed other tours being led by men dressed in Pied Piper garb but she didn’t try to imitate them.  She and her group visited the museum, watched the glockenspiel perform and enjoyed the shops and food in the old city.

Rattenfänger von Hameln, he’s called
The Pied Piper who children enthralled
And once the rats drowned
Led the kids from the town,
A morality tale that appalled.

Day 887: West Yorkshire Moors

Laetitia led a tour to the West Yorkshire moors where the Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Ann lived and wrote at the parsonage in the Village of Haworth.  It inspired the day’s limerick.

Though their works are not known for their mirth
The three Brontë girls from Haworth
Ascended new heights
As literary lights
When to Gothic novels they gave birth.

Day 886: Fringe Binge

Laetitia led a tour in Minneapolis that featured several performances of this summer’s Fringe Festival.  Featuring performance art offerings of all varieties chosen by lottery, the presentations tend to be unconventional and often thought provoking though variable in quality.  More than 1,000 performances of 200 shows are presented during a 16-day period.  With a $225 Ultra Pass, one can potentially go to all of the shows for a little more than a dollar per event.  Among the shows Laetitia’s group attended was Apostle on the Edge, in which St. Paul enters the modern world through a wrinkle in time and is distressed to find that he is blamed for being pro-slavery and anti-women based on writings by others that are falsely claimed to be his.

For artistic venues unconventional
Broadening your views in ways dimensional
You should try out the Fringe
On an Ultra-Pass binge
Seeing shows from first rate to just mentionable.

Day 885: Limerick City

Today’s limerick was inspired by the Irish city that gave Laetitia’s favorite five-lined verse form its name.

The people of Limerick City
Are known to be clever and witty
And their town’s fame’s defined
By a verse that’s five-lined
That is spoken or sung as a ditty.