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Travel Blogs from Heidelberg
... to get psyched up for the return trip. But just then, the parents of our home exchange folks came for a visit. These are fantastic folks and as friendly as anyone you'll ever meet. We shot the breeze until 9:00pm or so and they left for home. While we were on the back patio we saw a hot-air balloon float by. I expect we will find ourselves on one of these things one day. Also, the moon looked great. It was time to consider packing...... ...
... for some sites, shopping and dining. We roved around and by 3:20 we were eating at the Havana Cafe. Good food.
Next on some peoples' addenda was shopping. James and I tagged along in the stifling heat - good times.
The day in Mannheim was capped with spaghetti ice (that's ice cream - ice cream is called ice in Germany) so we had spaghetti ice. See pics........
By 6:04 we were on our train for Speyer and back in the house by 6:45.
Up this morning and off to the Gortz bakery where I picked up a few pastries to have with our breakfast. They were fresh and tasty.
Today's plan is for a sojourn to Heidelberg to see the sights. It is a short ride of only 25-30 minutes from Speyer. However, a few extra minutes were spent in finding a place to park the car. Tight little cobblestone streets and a very tight parking garage and spaces made for careful driving.
... piece, followed by two more.
Then it was time to move on again. By this time we had figured out that the "Walk, Don't Walk" on the signs was actually the name of this special evening of musical performances, probably by faculty and staff of the music school, within the amazing architecture of the old fortifications. The acoustics in the small stone rooms was amazing. And so we came eventually to a third room ...
... times it was destroyed, and finally how it
was rebuilt – and is being partially restored today.
The Castle is owned by the country of
Germany and is being maintained, restored, and operated by the government. They are doing a wonderful job – and guides,
such as ours, keep tourists entertained and informed.
One of the highlights of the grounds are
two HUGE wine barrels – ...