Trip Start Oct 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 02, 2009

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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Friday, July 24, 2009

It is a cool damp morning. Looks like rain and then the sun comes out and it is hot.

Tauberbischofsheim is the first town today.  The town was first mentioned in a bio of Saint Lioba in 836. It bears its name ("bishop's place") due to its close relation to bishop Saint Boniface. Boniface brought his relative Lioba to the town around 735. To distinguish the town from other towns named Bischofsheim, the name of the river Tauber was added to the name later.  We hit the centre of town and see the old buildings and of course the old church.  Don't find the tourist info centre so we have come and seen.

Lauda-Konigshofen is our second stop (we are doing about 10 to 20 kms between these towns).  We go to the centre of town and have a look around at the old buildings and their church.  Hmmm, if this is how it is going to be for the next 26 towns I think we might be disappointed.  I was looking for some culture and activities.

Bad-Mergentheim another pleasant town, it has a castle and church similar to the previous towns.  Lots of nice little old homes. 

Weikersheim is our last town for today.  It is picturesque like the other towns we have seen.  We park on the edge of town and walk over a bridge and through the gate of the wall and into the old town.  We go to the tourist information centre in the centre and get a brochure on the town and find out there is a campground near by.  We haven’t seen any signs all day and we thought we might not be camping tonight.

We go to look at the castle and decide to go through it.  We are given a guide book in English to follow and are taken to meet up with a group that has just left 5 minutes before us.  Now, this is a really nice castle.  Everything is as it was, nothing was removed during the war and it remained empty for over 200 years.

The castle was the traditional seat of the princely family Hohenlohe, and has been owned by the state of Baden-Württemberg since 1967 when the castle was bought from the estate of Prince Constantin von Hohenlohe, who had encouraged arts-related activities at the castle. Today the castle is home to the Jeunesses Musicales Germany during the summer and for large gatherings and weddings. 

When the family line ran out, no heirs, that is when it sat empty for so long.  Nothing was thrown out, remodeled or changed, so we got to see lots of furniture, china and an incredible hunting hall.  (no pictures, well, a couple, we were the last to turn out the lights).  We had several people come to us and tell us what the guide had told them in German, it was really thoughtful of them.

We then toured the gardens out back, they are based something similar to the gardens of Versailles, but not as big.  We enjoyed our walk around there and then headed out to the camp site.

The campground is only 2 years old.  They took the very large old barn, revamped it and made it the reception, WC’s, children’s wc, laundry and kitchen for dishes.  All done so very nicely in ceramic tiles, lots of hooks in the showers and clean, clean.

We put our awning up, it is overcast and looks like it will pour.  There is wi-fi all over, so we are checking emails. 

Across from us someone begins to play the violin.  How romantic it is here, under some stars, listening to a young woman play so beautifully classical pieces.

I spoke with her parents later on the way to the WC.  We had met earlier in the day at the castle and he had come and explained some of the information to us in English.  They had bought their son to the Jeunesses music camp, he is a tenor and singing in their choir for 2 weeks.  He is 18 and this is what he is studying at University.  The daughter, is 20, plays the violin and piano and is studying to be an electrical engineer at University.  They are from southern Holland and told me how nice their town is and we should come there to see it.  I told them how much we enjoyed their daughter’s playing and how romantic it was on the romantic strassa.

We stayed at Camping Schwabenmuhle in Laudenbach,a new place.
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