Trip Start May 12, 2009
Trip End May 12, 2009

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Flag of Germany  , Hesse,
Monday, August 17, 2009

Today we drove from Rothenburg to Miltenburg, mainly by way of the so-call Romanitic Road, as designated by the German tourist office.

We started the morning with a run through a corn maze.  It was just large field of corn with pathways cut in it - a little less sophisticated than specially-planted designs with complicated patterns that you see back home.  Anyway, it was hard enough to find our way around and provided lots of fun on a warm morning.

From there we proceeded down the Romantic Road.  This route, designated with signs here and there is supposed to lead tourists through the best-preserved medieval towns central Germany.  It was a pleasant drive, and the towns did indeed to be old and well-preserved.

As we drove north, we saw more and more fields of grape vines.  Maybe this is where that sweet and disgusting German Riesling comes from.  They should really think about cutting down on the sugar content.

Mostly though, it looked as if the rolling hillsides were planted with corn and various grains.  There must have been a lot of livestock, as we could smell them constantly.

We were surprised at the large swaths of uncultivated land.  There was quite a bit of forest - bush that looked as if it could have been in Manitoba.

We arrived in Miltenburg around supper time.  OUr trip to Miltenburg was inspired by a book.  In Gibraltar, I had bought the kids a book, "My Friend the Enemy" by Paul Briscoe.  It is the true story, an autobiography, of an English boy whose mother was an English Nazi.  She  loved Germany so much that she left her young son, the author, the care of a German family on the eve of WWII.  With the outbreak of war, the young Paul Briscoe is stranded in Germany for the duration of the war.  He wholeheartedly adopts the country as his own, and embraces Nazi-ism with great enthusiasm.  He joins the Hitler Youth with great eagerness, and participates in persecution of local Jews.  He is more German (and more Nazi) than the average German.  The action all takes place in the town of Miltenburg.  We read the whole book aloud to the kids back in Spain and Italy.  We thought that it would be interesting to see the town, and here we are.

Miltenburg is located on the Main River, quite a large river before it empties into the Rhine.  We went for a walk around the town this evening, and does seem intriguing.  It has several old streets of buildings consisting of half-timbered medieval buildings.  The streets are cobblestone, and it does look as if it is very well preserved.  The Marktplatz has an old fountain in the centre of it.  In our brief walk we passed many of the sights described by Paul Briscoe from his childhood, including an old Jewish cemetary, and a fountain where he acted as an extra in a movie shot in 1939.

It is all very pretty.  Tomorrow we will have a better look at it.






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