- JOURNEY FROM WEYREGG PART 2 -

Kork (Black Forest) to Dover

LINKS to pages in the Journey from Weyregg site and to the Colin Day Travelling Days series:

1 : Dover to Strasbourg
2 : Strasbourg to Weyregg

3 : Weyregg to Kork
4 : Kork to Dover
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Dining room at the Kork hotel (left and below)

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After the evening meal a stroll through the town (left and below)..................


In September 1998 the first German Epilepsy museum was opened, and is - as far as we know - the only one world-wide. The opening took place on the occasion of the 5th colloquium "Epilepsy in Narrative Fiction" in Kehl-Kork. Since then the museum, which was initially accommodated in temporary premises, has found its permanent place in six new rooms in the Kork Craft Museum.



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The Rathaus (left)



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The stork is the emblem of Alsace and you will find a large stork's nest resting on top a chimney or steeple in most of these charming towns as well as in the neighbouring towns in Germany on the opposite bank of the Rhine. Some of these nests weigh as much as 500 pounds, and are each summer the home to several large stork eggs.

Twenty five years ago the population of this "iconic emblem of Alsace", the bird revered for bringing fertility and luck to any home upon which it nested, had fallen to fewer than nine pairs in the entire upper Rhine River Valley, an area closely identified with the White Stork for centuries. Conservation efforts there, particularly by the Association for the Protection and Reintroduction of Storks in Alsace and Lorraine, have successfully increased the population of birds to 270 pairs.
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From the Smithsonian's National Zoo Website, with acknowledgement.
"Males usually arrive at the nest-site first. A male will greet a newly arriving female with the 'head-shaking crouch' display as he lowers himself on the nest into the incubating posture, then erects his neck ruff and shakes his head from side to side.

"If the male accepts the new arrival as his mate they will cement their pair bond with an Up-Down display. In this display the birds hold their wings away from their sides and pump their heads up and down. This is often accompanied by bill-clattering. Shorter courtships may indicate that the male and female were paired in previous years."

"Nests are huge, bulky affairs constructed of branches and sticks and lined with twigs, grasses, sod, rags, and paper. Though they may be reused year after year, breeding birds will add to the structure each season. Particularly old nests have grown to over 2 metres in diameter and nearly 3 metres in depth. Some nests have been in continuous use for hundreds of years. Both sexes participate in nest construction with the male bringing most of the material. Completion of the structure is often signaled by the addition of one leafy branch to the edge of the nest.

"European Storks have been building their nests on man-made structures since the Middle Ages. They can be found on rooftops, towers, chimneys, telephone-poles, walls, haystacks, and specially constructed nest towers. Many homeowners will add embellishments such as wooden wagon wheels to old chimneys to encourage storks to nest on their houses. Nests can also be found in trees, on cliff-ledges, or occasionally on the ground.

"The female usually lays 3-5 eggs, more rarely up to seven. Parents share incubation duties for 33-34 days. Young chicks are covered with white down and have black bills. Both parents feed the young on the nest until they fledge at 8-9 weeks of age. Fledglings may continue to return to the nest site each evening to beg for food from their parents. Young birds reach sexual maturity in their fourth year. Banding records indicate that wild birds can live and reproduce successfully past 30 years of age."

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Our tour leader, Heather Funk, welcomes tour members back on to the coach and we make our way to Strasbourg for our overnight stay over the Rhine River (below) .....


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..... and the Rhine Canal (left).



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A journey from Strasbourg to Calais the following day where we board our ferry to Dover and home.........

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