A Train Trip South

Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
Trip End Jun 14, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Rhineland-Palatinate,
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Today we took a train ride from Ludwigshafen to a little town south of here called Speyer. This is one of the oldest cities in Germany, it was originally founded by the Romans in 10BC. One of the main attractions is the Speyer Cathedral, built around 1030 and the permanent resting place of eight Holy Roman Emperors and German Kings. The cathedral was beautiful, but there was much more to see on our walk around town! Speyer is also home to the Technik Museum where you can see an entire Boeing 747 on display, along with a space shuttle, plenty of trains, cars and other planes. Even though we didn't go in, just walking by was a pretty spectacular display. By this time, our stomachs told us it was time for lunch so we headed back to the Domhof, a restaurant and biergarten across the street from the cathedral. This evening we were invited to the home of some family friends, Claudia and Peter who we had met earlier at a family dinner. They have a spectacular koi pond in their front yard with over 50 fish and even more in a homemade pond in their living room! After sharing some wine and strawberry shortcake, Peter led us upstairs to see his collection of trains. Collection is a complete understatement, it is actually an entire town created around several railroad tracks that run circles around the room. Peter has spent decades handcrafting train cars down to every last detail! The train stations feature people, cars, forklifts moving crates of beer, mechanics with tiny tools working on tiny engines and everything else you can imagine! With a homemade control panel he can start, stop and redirect several different trains running on different tracks at the same time. It was really a spectacular thing to see and Peter enjoyed showing it off like a proud dad.
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