Alcatraz Hotel am Japanischen Garten
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On Saturday we decided to go to the annual travel expo in Mannheim at the marketgrounds. It has really warmed up and by that I mean up to 12 degrees! Considering that two weeks ago it was -3 degrees, that is a big difference. All the snow is gone and you can walk around quite pleasantly, although it was pretty windy.
I know a lot more now, which I didn't know last year when ...
The temperature is 28 degrees and snow showers. Heidelberg has 150,000 inhabitants. There are 6 universities. Students don't pay to go to university. Anybody can attend but must speak German. Heidelberg was not destroyed in war. The weather was bad so surrounding towns were bombed. Heidelberg is the largest German town. Approx 500 people lived in castle. The dancing hall is where everyone gathered and partied with their powdered wigs and lice. Today most ...
... quite well decorated and one even has a large animatronic moose head, which sings Christmas carols. Around the Paradeplatz, there are a lot of children's fairytale themed things as well.
To finish off the day, there was a little Christmas carolling in Edingen at the Marktplatz, with a brass band, although my German singing leaves a lot to be desired!
... which also proved to be quite yummy.
Wednesday morning required an early awakening, but not as early for me as Phil and JC. They needed to leave the apartment by 7 AM to catch a 7:30 train that would eventually get them to the Frankfurt airport station to catch a 10:45 flight to the US and a 12:55 flight to Singapore. I got up around 6:30 to accompany them to the Bahnhof and to say my final "Auf Wiedersehen". After they had boarded their train and I turned to leave ...
... the train to Kaiserslautern, the main 'city' of the region. Apart from here and Landstuhl, the many villages didn't really have any obvious shops or businesses, they were very quiet and quaint. Soon they all looked the same.
Kaiserslautern didn't really have a great deal to offer either. We took the day slowly, trying to learn how to slow down and relax again after the pace of London. You have no idea of how 'Go Go Go' life is until you step away from the ...