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Trip End Dec 14, 2015

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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Friday, June 20, 2014

Howdy folks,

On Thursday we had yet another public holiday, this time for Fronleichnam or the Feast of Corpus Corpus Christi. Because I am not Catholic I can't tell you exactly what it means, but I'll take a public holiday for whatever reason. At the moment the kiddies have holidays as well so Basti came around for few days. I wasn't up to doing much, but Steffie's father suggested we check out yet another castle; this time in Weinheim.

Weinheim isn't far from Edingen. In fact I could take one tram and end up in Weinheim an hour later, but driving there is twice as quick. There are quite a few villages that border the Odenwald along the Bergstrasse, between Darmstadt and Heidelberg. The sunny slopes are great for wine growing and almonds apparently.

We weren't there for the good times; we were there to hike! But first of all we drove up to the nearest summit, where there is a castle called the Wachenburg. The castle sits on the edge of a huge quarry, so we hiked around the back of the summit and had to climb over a fence to take a look. We managed to get right to the edge of the quarry, which was a good 100m drop at least: not for the faint hearted!

After scrambling back down went to take a look at the castle. It isn't a castle in the traditional sense, but a building project by the German Student Corps from 1907-1928. These days its used for events and has a nice restaurant in the courtyard. As part of the World Cup they had a special: Australian Chicken Pies vs. Dutch Hutspot (Hotch Potsch)! Not something you find everyday!

We then did a longer 3.4km hike through the forest. It was quite popular with lots of oldies out going for a stroll. We did the loop instead of walking to the nearby village of Buchklingen. It wasn't so interesting, but we came across a clearing, which is just used for hunting. There are a number of hunting boxes or blinds set up around the perimeter. I'm not sure how successful they are in drawing deer out into the open though. 

On the way back we stopped in at the other castle ruin Windeck. Mostly destroyed in the 30-Years War in 1674, it was partly rebuilt 30 years ago and now has a beer garden and a lookout tower. It is a nice spot to look out over Weinheim and eat a passionfruit split ice cream!

This morning I went to the doctors to get my stitches out. I had two sun spots removed as a preventative measure. Considering 50% of Australians get skin cancer it isn't such a bad idea to get regular check-ups. With nothing to do after lunch. I took Basti out for a drive to the Dossenwald near Mannheim to go for a stroll.

We took a look at the wild piggies and there were quite a few piglets running around in the pen. Unfortunately the loop that we chose wasn't so interesting. It actually took us out of the forest, over the highway, between two highways and back over a bridge again. Still it was better than lazing around the house. There was a bit of a traffic jam on the Autobahn so we had fun waving to the drivers as they drove past!

At the moment with the World Cup on, we're watching the games every night. Most games start at 6pm, 9pm and midnight so you could watch every game if you wanted to!
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