Wetzlar in Hessen, Central Germany, is a former Free Imperial City, owing much of its fame to being the seat of the Reichskammergericht (Imperial Supreme Court) of the Holy Roman Empire. It straddles the river Lahn and lies on the German Timber-Frame Road on the north edge of the Taunus mountain range. It’s known for its old town and its medieval cathedral. Notable features include the Eisenmarkt and the steep gradients and tightly packed street layout of a medieval town. The sandstone cathedral of St. Mary was commenced in the 12th century as a Romanesque building. In the later Middle Ages the construction was continued in Gothic style. The church was never finished, as one steeple still remains uncompleted. The cathedral suffered heavy damage in WW2 from aerial bombing, but was restored in the 1950s.
“We’ve gotten to experience so much already in our relationship,”
Joy-Anna, 19, says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. “Lots of church
ministries, road trips, hiking, hunting and remodeling houses together.”
Duggar and Forsyth announced they were courting
in November, but they first met more than 15 years ago when his family
moved to Arkansas and started attending the Duggars’ church. “It’s really special that I got to grow up with him and my family knows him really well,” says Joy-Anna.
And since three of her sisters — Jill, Jessa and Jinger — have already been through the courtship process (the Duggars’ extremely conservative version of dating, which bans kissing until marriage and generally limits physical contact to “side-hugs”), she’s getting plenty of advice.
“Watching my sisters go through that with their courtships sets a really good example,” says the Counting On
star. “I was able to ask them just a lot of questions and wisdom about
what they did and didn’t do and then just making it special. Showing him
how much I appreciate him, it’s been amazing. As for whether she’ll be walking down the aisle anytime soon?
“I’m not sure when the next step will come,” she admits. “You would
have to ask Austin what he’s thinking and my dad, but I’m excited to see
what God has in store for us in the next year.”
Trench footprint: The still pockmarked landscape of Beaumont Hamel on the Somme where the Newfoundland Regiment were decimated by German machine guns. 1916
After 1918 the immense task of “clearing up” was carried out by the military and the civilians who were returning to their shattered communities.
The landscape in the fighting lines had been smashed to pieces. Roads, woods, farms and villages were often no longer recognisable. Local people who had been forced to abandon their homes and livelihoods were faced with the huge task of making a new start, rebuilding homes, businesses, farms, churches, public buildings, roads, bridges, railways and canals. The hazardous job of clearing abandoned weapons, battlefield debris, ammunition, filling in craters, tunnels, and, in many cases, exhuming soldiers’ remains had to be carried out.