Another day in Bavaria

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

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

July 27, Monday

Our first town this morning is Wallerstein. The noted site in this town is a statue in the centre.  We drive by it and then are on our way.  I hope this isn't going to be a non interactive day.

Nordlingen is the next on the list, yes, there is a map and list of each town with a brief description of what to see and/or it’s history.    Here there is the church of St. George and the tower to climb to the top called 'Daniel’.  The fortress walls around the town are complete and you can walk the 2.6 kms all around.  We opt to climb the 326 stairs to have a look out over the city, the wall and all the different towers.  What a view on such a beautiful sunny day.

On the way up we see a treadmill that was used to bring supplies up in the tower, next level we get to see 3 of the 4 swinging bells.  It is a challenging climb.  When you get just about to the top, this is where you pay the entrance fee, then continue on up and out.  He is a sweet gentleman, he climbs the stairs 2 times a day, and he is only 76 years old.  He shows us his prized possession, a signed photo of Apollo 14 and 17 crews.  They came to Nordlingen to study the geology here, the town is where a meteorite landed a long time ago. 

This town is where Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was filmed at the end of the movie.

Harburg is our next city, it’s fame is a the Castle of Harburg high on the ridge over the town.  We did stop for a picture, but did not go into it.  The town is on a hillside and it was fun for Mario (aka Len) driving down the narrow, curvy streets.

The next town is Donauworth.  The brochure tells us this main street is one of South Germany’s most attractive streets.  The houses are described as patrician style.  We find a parking spot and then the tourist information bureau.  The woman there did not know their town main street was supposed to be the ‘most attractive’.  She was very friendly and offered us all kinds of brochures.  She did give us 4 stickers, which we were thrilled to get to add to our home decorating scheme.

We walked up the main street, it is lovely, picturesque but would be much nicer if it were a pedestrian walk and not so busy with all the cars.  We had a peep in at their church, nice windows and mosaic tiled floor.  A chap stopped us on our way out and asked if we noticed the church is sloped from the back to the front downwards.  Yes, we had.  This town is where the Danube and Wormitz rivers join.

Back on the road, time to stop somewhere for lunch.

The large city of Augsburg is our next stop.  It is one of the old Roman towns founded by Emperor Augustus more than 2,000 years ago.  We head for the centre of town and park.  We walk to the old church and then find the roman ruins that are left (outside to weather the atmosphere) here today. 

It is now very hot outside, what a change, clear skies and very little wind.  I have had enough touring for the day to we skip the town of Friedberg and find the camp ground at Landsberg am lech.  This is where we will tour.

We have the internet here, 24 hours and you can’t shut it down, so it ticks away all the time even when we are sleeping, kind of silly.  We do a load of washing and hang it out.  Nice here, but there are these little, tiny mosquitoes, so it is long pants even though it is warm.  Great night for sleeping as it is cooling off. 

It rains during the night, actually lightening begins and Len gets  up, I keep asking how did he see it as it is dark inside the van and there wasn’t any thunder yet.  He said he just knew.  He went out and brought the clothes in and we slept in until after 8 and it was cool and cloudy so we went back to bed until 10!  How lazy of us.  We have decided to stay here for another day to relax.
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