D · Roman style spa in Zülpich: Nude facts – Bathing in east and west [27 March 2018]
Die The Roman style spa in Zülpich, Germany, is a museum about the culture of bathing, which focusses on the developement of that since the time of the Roman empire.
In a special exhibition, which will be shown until 15 July, the theme is "Nackte Tatsachen – Baden in Ost und West" [en: "Nude facts – Bathing in east and west"]. Here, the different naturist traditions in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the German Democratic Rebuplic (GDR) are made clear. – Thank you Gunther for pointing that out!
USA · Midwinter Naturist Festival in Florida [12 March 2018]
It began in Austria at the NEWT 2017, the Naked European Walking Tour founded by Richard Foley, which takes place every year in the Austrian Alps. Among the 48 participants from 10 different nations of 3 continents were also some US boys. Very soon, old acquaintances from the NEWT 2014 were refreshed again, and new friendships were established. Milt renewed his former invitation from 2014, to visit him in Florida at the naturist resort Sunsport Gardens.
Without much thought, we spontaneously accepted the freshly produced invitation and did not worry about, what we would expect there to be and how long the visit should last. Finally, we spent four weeks at – compared with our western European experience – very warm summer-alike temperatures of up to 35 °C / 95 °F under a cloudless, blue winter sky above Florida. We spent a beautiful, unforgettable time on the Naturist site in Loxahatchee at West Palm Beach and by excursions in the area. Sunsport Gardens was founded in 1965 by a German naturist, Hugo Förster / Forester. Today, Morley Schloss continues his heritage.
Of course, there was a challenge. We were asked to report on Nude life in Germany and some European countries. On the one hand, this involved some preparatory work, but, on the other hand, it gave us the opportunity to bring European naturist life closer to USA and Canadian friends. So we set about preparing our report on nude hiking and biking in many regions of Germany and other European countries.
We couldn't let the matter rest, because at annual event in the Harz mountains, bodypainting is always part of the schedule. And in August 2017, we did a stunning nude body-art performance in the harbour of Münster. Consequently, this led to a second workshop on Nude art in the world. In doing so, we did not confine ourselves to Europe, but looked e.g. also to Brazil and the USA.
During this time, the Midwinter Naturist Festival February 15-20, 2018 took place there. Official comment on the website of Sunsport Gardens: »The Midwinter Naturist Festival was a great success. We had a record number of attendees and over 290 activities. All 6 days had perfect weather.«. During several days, workshops were on schedule from 7 am until midnight, partly up to six in parallel at various locations of the terrain. The workshops covered quite different and various subjects, i.e.:
- A Course in Miracles: Mind, Body, Integration, Purification, Wholeness
- Amateur Radio Demonstration & SIG Meeting
- Basic Digital Photography
We were invited to participate in workshops and to present our workshops. Naturists from the USA and Canada were deeply impressed due to the amazingly free nude life without real problems in various European countries. Even more astonished were some, when we explained to them, that we grew up in Germany with the ever-heard message, that the USA were the home of freedom, free speech, and free choice of lifestyle – therefore being a dream of life by some people in Europe. Now, some people in the Americas may partly dream of even more freedom of lifestyle in Europe.
Several trips took us to the clothing optional beaches Blind Creek Beach and Haulover Beach, to Palm Beach (place of yearn for those, who must show the world at all costs how much money they can spend, and place of domicile of Donald Trump), to Miami Beach (Art Deco architecture), several times to the Everglades, to the Loggerhead Marine Live Center, which is on duty of charity for the rescue of injured sea turtles, and to a Seminole Reservation.
In the Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach, an art exhibition did really impress us Washed Ashore: We Create Art to Save the Sea!: Hopefully, this will cause some people to think about the "madness of plastic" and maybe change own behaviour. The motto of washashore.org, "We hope, that someday we cannot continue to do this art anymore, because we will run out of this material!", is a call worth of consideration.
Also, a paddling tour on the Fisheating creek in six kajaks for one person each, was very impressive: Little alligators were around us from the beginning. Though, we were travelling in their homeland. At lunchtime, we were looking for a rest: We were just paddling around a bend, when a larger one lying in the sun looked at us and slipped into the water. The friends estimated its length at 15 feet (about 4.60 m). Right here, we got out for our lunch. The animal watched us awhile and then swam its way. When we visited the Grassy Waters, we learned, that alligators are naturally shy and withdraw themselves from people. Only, when they are fed, they do loose their dread and become a danger to humans. Therefore, it is forbidden to feed alligators. Violators are prosecuted by the police and punished, fed alligators must be hunted and killed. During a visit to a Seminole Reservation, we learned that crocodiles in contrast are very aggressive by nature.
Oh yes: we also did a few nude hikes. However, because of the legal situation in the USA, our friends paid always heed to get ourselves covered in good time ("Cover up!"), when we were to encounter textiles.
– Report: Horst and Rainer, photos: Horst and Milton
D · Married couple cycle through Kamenz – District Court closes proceedings [7 March 2018]
Andrea and Roberto cycled on 17 July 2017 in the afternoon of a very hot summer day at the lake – of course, according to the summer temperatures in the buff. In order to avoid blood-thursty insects again on the way back through the fields on the return trip, they chose a barely frequented way west of the railway track in the city of Kamenz. There, however, a detour due to road works forced them to to cross the railway track twice and to ride a bit of the way through the Schiller Promenade, instead of the planned route.
Here, the nude bikers encountered a few people, and they also had to pass a playground, whereupon, according to a father's testimony, his two children came running "completely upset". The uncle persued the nude bikers on a BMX bike, steered his vehicle with one hand – with the other, he held a video camera – between the two cyclists and tried to stop them with this driving manoeuvre and to record a video of evidence.
The father filed – with the brother-in-law as witness and the video as evidence – charges for "Causing a Public Disturbance" (Section 183a, German Criminal Code). Since no corresponding elements of an offence existed, the public prosecutor closed the proceedings, of course. But the regulatory authority issued (regulatory) fines of 30 Euros each, against which the couple filed objections. So the case was heard at the district court. At the trial, the District Court Judge closed the proceedings and concluded with a friendly exhortation: "I do not want to make a big fuss of that. Everyone has the own personal freedom – but there are limits." The case is closed. In the future, the couple should, however, keep a little more covered … (quoted from tag24.de).
Link to the newspaper article of tag24.de (in German).
Link to the newspaper article of sz-online.de (in German)
District court of Kamenz: Statement of the naturist couple (PDF in German; view=left click, download=right click, then "Save as").
Comment: Obviously, the detailed rationale of the naturist couple in their statement convinced the judge. He stopped the proceedings and gave them the friendly advice to keep more covered in the future, so that due to encounters with similarly pitiable people, these do not act again in an illicit behaviour (dangerous behaviour within the traffic, unnecessarily alerting of the police, …).
PS: The statement of sz-online.de, which inputes the judge to have said: "To show yourself naked in public is a public nuisance, because there are also people – in this case children – who are bothered by it.", is obviously a misunderstanding by the reporter. Of course, the judge is a lawyer and would never give such a false statement.
Many thanks to Roberto for the info and the documentation!
D · Encounter of naturists from Ireland and from Bavaria in the Erding Spa [23 February 2018]
17 irish naturists travelled to the – according to a statement of the operating company – biggest spa of the world in Erding, Bavaria, Germany. A "welcoming committee" of the Isar Nacktsport-Aktive [en: Active Isar Nude Sportpersons] shook hands with them. Report on isar-nacktsport.de (in German).
D · Nude at a museum: Klaus Ender – Akt und Landschaft [20 February 2018]
The Saxon friends of hiking in the nude naked in the Spreewald museum on 10 February and have visited the exhibition "Klaus Ender – Akt und Landschaft"[en: ] "Klaus Ender - Nude and Landscape"], in which numerous photos of the nude photographer were to be seen. Their website has a detailed report (in German) of the museum visit with some photos.
CH · The Dragon of Macun [10 February 2018]
High above the valleys rises Macun. A secret place with 23 glacial lakes. The glacier is hidden under huge masses of ancient rock. And since there are people here, they tell the story of Dragun, the dragon who sleeps here under the ice in a secret cave. What does he look like? Nobody saw him until now, but then …
There he is, approaches to a woman. Don't worry, dragons are nice fellows.
She isn't afraid. And soon, he carries her heavy bag.
Together, they begin the log descent to the valley. "Don't you feel cold?", she asks him. "Why should I? Yet, I have fire in my blood!" When I'am in the mood, I melt some ice in my cave. Down at Zeznina, he is willing to return, but she asks him to accompany her further, up to the alp, please. Dragons are shy, don't want to be seen. Dragons are curious. But also at the alp there is nobody. Quickly, he empties her bag on the ground, takes a look at every piece and returns musingly to Macun and the sunshine. In the evening, he disappears into his cave.
Still now, I hear him. He breathes heavily after his ascent through the Shadow Valley, lies exhausted in his cave, boulders of amphibolite everywhere. Color gray to gray-green, greenish-black he reads in his booklet when he spits something fire. Density 2.75 to 3.15, is written there. Main parts of the mixture are hornblende and plagioclase feldspar, it is continuing. Biotite, chlorite, garnet, epidote. That sounds dangerous. Amphibolite has great strength and is weather resistant.
That calms down the Dragun, and he'll be fireproof, too. But to try this, he lacks the strength. He prefers to sleep until it is summer again. It was so nice to hike with him.
He dwells at the »Lais d'Immez« beneath the glacier. Please do not tell anyone else!
Text and photos: Peter, 16 October 2017 Article regarding the Macun Lakes (in German)
A · Participant's report about a nude hike and an encounter with the police during NEWT 2016 [20 January 2018]
Nude mountain hike in the Pongau (Salzburg Land, Austria) on Sunday, 10 July 2016
Roberto gives an account of a day of nude hiking in the Alps and a relaxed encounter with Austrian police.
22 international participants of the NEWT (Naked European Walking Tour) drove by car from their shared accommodation, an old farmhouse, to the starting point of their first joint mountain hike in 2016 to Weng-Goldegg. Neatly lined up, they parked there for a few hours their 5 cars from Italy, Germany, and France at the side of a road. And very decent, but lightly clothed according to the sunny weather, the hikers stood around in small groups and studied their hiking maps.
This first tour was supposed to be easy, yet we expected already a lot. We hiked through the village Enkerbichl, where a young woman in the garden of the house No. 14 practised fast alpine music on concertina. We continued our hike always uphill into the sun drenched Weng forest.
Finally, we were able to pack away our last clothes and continue to hike uphill with naturst verve.
Somewhere above the dense edge of the forest, most of the participants needed a longer break. So we rested on an alpine meadow, between boulders and alpine flowers, in the shade of a group of trees.
And also, we enjoyed the already fantastic view to the south – the Tauern massif was in front of us in its full splendour.
According to plan, we wanted to hike along the alpine path through upper pastures towards Schneebergkreuz (1938 m), with the intermediate peaks Gamskögerl (1746 m) and Hochegg (1817 m). But we realised soon, that we had to take care not to overdo hiking further uphill at this first day. We had to recognise, that the planned route was not possible today for our large group.
So we chose a way back, which past a country homestead at the wayside. The wooden building was locked, it seemed empty. A few friendly cattle threw a glance after us.
In the meantime, our hiking group had been significantly pulled apart: everyone enjoyed this wonderful Sunday individually.
Maybe because I was tempted to take pictures of every second Alpine flower in this varied nature, I was suddenly the last along with the British hiking friend, who was assigned take cate, that noone of uns would get lost. Quite a good idea because of large number of persons and languages, and because some of them had no experience in hiking through the Alps.
Anyway, my idleness proved to be an advantage for the moment, when just two police officers came around the corner to us: "Stop, police, stop – what are you doing here?"
Well, my companion did not understand a single word of German, let alone the local Pongau dialect. So I served the two offiers my way: "He is from England and does not understand German at all. We are naturists, we hike in the nude. We are a group of about 25 people from several countries. We are here together for a week to hike in the Alps, because here, where you live, it is so beautiful! And because we cannot make to hike up to the summit today, we are now on our way back to our cars."
"So these are your cars down in Goldegg?"
"And your are going to hike naked to the cars?"
"No, we don't do that, when we arrive at villages, we get dressed a little."
"Your're lucky, otherwise, we would have to take you all to the police station! Who is the leader of the group?"
"His name is Richard Foley, he is also an Englishman. Certainly, he is already hiking a kilometer further ahead."
"Where are you all accommodated?"
"We rented a big house, at Dienten near the Hochkönig.“
"Where exactly? … Oh yes, We know it. […] How do you all make it to gather for such an event?"
"Today, that's quite simple: via Internet → www.naktiv.net"
"The owner of the property up there called us by phone. He was worried, because you are all naked. Of course, we have to to drive here and assure ourselves what's going on."
"Sure, no problem."
"So, have a nice holiday!"
"Thank you very much!"
Great, I thought, just a pity, that my companion did not understand a word…
Now, to close the gap between the group, the forest path down to the group was not entirely safe for me as a barefoot hiker. But my need to talk, to inform the other hikers of the "Have a nice holiday!" by the police, was unstoppable.
However, this was easier than expected: A "cold shower" by means of a small waterfall, just as if been ordered in advance. Some of us jumped around like happy little children.
Much earlier than scheduled, but fairly satisfied, we finished our first day of hiking in our community centre with a fantastic dinner prepared by some NEWT participants, who were burning to cook. That beautiful, a nude holiday can be!
Report and photos: Roberto