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M – is for… Mainz —> Guest post by Author Iris Blobel :)

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Thank you so much, Emilia for letting me contribute to your A – Z posts this year.

/Thank you, Iris, for your wonderful thoughts and facts

The generous Emilia has already posted reviews for a couple of my books, so here only a small intro. I was born and raised in Mainz, Germany, and moved to Australia in the late 1990s. I live near Melbourne with my husband and my two beautiful daughters. I write romance novels with emphasis on friendship and family.

So, M for Mainz.


Mainz is the capital of the state of Rhineland-Palatine. It’s located at the west bank of the Rhine River, approximately 50 kms west of Frankfurt. It was founded as a military post by the Romans in the late 1st century.

The things I miss and I’m proud of about Mainz are:

Carnival — Is a tradition that begins on 11 November but culminates in the days before Ash Wednesday in the spring. It’s heaps of fun and I have lots of wonderful memories.


Johannes Gutenberg — Gutenberg was the first European to use the printing press and movable type in Europe (1439). His major work, the Gutenberg Bible (also known as the 42-line Bible), has been acclaimed for its high aesthetic and technical quality.


Mainzer Johannisfest — It was first held in 1968 and is one of the three major festivals in the city. The festival is closely associated with Johannes Gutenberg. The Mainz Midsummer Night takes place every year over four days in temporal proximity to St. John (24th June) and attracts more than 500,000 visitors.

ZDF — (my ‘old’ employer) is one of the biggest TV stations in Europe. One of my best jobs I’ve ever held J



St. Martin’s Cathedral — the 1000-year-old “Dom” is located near the historical centre and pedestrianised market square of the city is the site of the episcopal see of the Bishop of Mainz.



So – this is where I grew up! Despite my wonderful life here in Australia, I do miss my hometown and hope to go back for a visit soon again.


Where do you come from?

(Information with help from Wiki Commons and Wikipedia)

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You can find out more about Iris Blobel and her books in one of my older posts: InterviewAustralian Sport Stars Series“Echoes of the Past” my VERY personal review

Author’s links:

Website  ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads ~ Newsletter



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