Hotel Krafft am Rhein
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Up today around 8. We have to be out of here by noon which is fine since we'll go directly to the boat from here. Mom packs her "trunks" for the last time. I finish writing on the blog and help organize for our departure. Karen makes us coffee in the room using the hot water boiler supplied on each floor and the coffee bags we bought back in Erfert …
This morning brings us our first sunshine since we started. Not a cloud in the sky. Now we another issue. A conundrum you might say. For it is breakfast time and our only alternative seems to be a $50 breakfast for two at the Krafft-Basel Hotel. Unbelievably, I caved. I attempt to justify it by vowing to stuff ourselves at breakfast an feat nothing …
... over the past week. I did laundry, packed, and cleaned the apartment a bit all the while listening to music on the radio. I find it enjoyable to hear holiday songs that are different from the standards that we hear at home. These are, however, occasionally interspersed along with the ordinary German language tunes on the station that I have listened too most often. I completed emptying the refrigerator by eating dinner at the apartment.
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Bus ride to Black Forest this morning. Walk through medieval Colmar this afternoon. Breisach was first European city. During the 30 years war, inhabitants dropped from 9000 to 900. Stork cam setup on roof of church to watch the storks nest. Trucks are not allowed on autobahn from 10 pm Friday night to 10 pm Sunday night. They must pull off road and wait until they can resume. The only stores that are allowed to be open on Sundays are souvenir ...
... the there was an ominous period of inactivity while the Münster’s Hosannah Glöcke (Hosanna bell―it’s oldest dating to 1258) tolled for a period of ten minutes in commemoration of the over 2,800 who died on this night. I can only imagine how distressing this could have been for those who experienced the horror of that evening, although the bombing lasted only about 20 minutes. Also, it must have given them some degree of hope the next morning seeing the ...