Medieval Walled City
Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
30Trip End Aug 31, 2010
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I didn't sleep well as we ate so late last night. I woke up about 4:00 and remembered that I had not plugged the netbook in to charge. So I got up and did that. It was warm in our room so I tried to open a window but it was raining too hard and coming in the window. I did get a little more sleep before getting up at 8:15. We had planned to leave the hotel at 9:00 but it was 9:30. Derek had to back the car out of the parking lot through the little tunnel. He managed it in one try.
Derek drove to start today and Erin navigated with a computer program on her netbook. Our first stop today was Ochsenbach, the home village of Larry’s great grandfather. It took us an hour to get there. We took the autoban for a short distance and then we got off on secondary roads
Derek called his friend, Steve (Steffan), who lives in Rudersberg to get his address so we could stop there for lunch. Erin put the address into her program and we started for Rudersberg. We had a closed road and a detour but still made it right to his door in a little over an hour. He has a very nice house just outside the city. He has been on vacation and goes back to work tomorrow. Steve was an exchange student at Westerville South and Derek met him through another friend
After we took pictures, Erin decided she was ready to start driving. She was tired of navigating. She had hesitated to drive in any big cities because the car is a stick and she has driven an automatic for 15 years. She drove a stick for five years in high school and college. She did fine with the driving but both Derek and Erin looked at the map wrong and we lost 30-40 minutes figuring out what happened and retracing our steps. So we made the decision to skip Schwabisch Hall for today and to make that a day trip from Rothenburg (Rote-en-burg). We had another short detour but found ourselves in Rothenburg by about 4:30. Since and Erin and Derek had been here last year, they knew exactly where to go to park for our hotel, the Gasthof Goldener Greifen. Our rooms are great, even though you have to duck to get through the doors. Erin and I have the corner room and Larry and Derek have the room next to us. We are both in the front right over the main street. Our room is like a small apartment with a table and chairs, sofa etc. There is a gold griffin hanging in front of the hotel and we are just steps from the Marktplatz (main square).
We walked down to the most photographed spot in Europe where the street splits and one goes up and one goes down and each goes through an arched opening in a tower. There is a house built right at the split and it is not even close to having square sides. It is very picturesque. We went to the Schneeballen store and each got one for our supper. We didn’t want another big meal. A schneeball is a pastry first made in Rothenburg. It is about the size of a softball and all different varieties. We bought four to go and got a fifth one free. Then we went to the Marktplatz and they had beer but I didn’t have anything. The high today was 60 and there was a wind blowing, so it was a little chilly sitting there. I had the hood up on my sweatshirt and my hands in my pockets. We stayed until 8:00 when the Night Watchman came to the square and the Glockenspiel did its thing, but without music. It told the story of a man who saved Rothenburg by drinking 3 1/4 liters of wine in one draught. The Night Watchman leads a tour of the city after that. We will do that another night. Then we went back to our rooms and ate our schneeballen. They were very good but a little doughy and messy to eat.
By this time we were all getting tired. I wrote my blog while Erin took a shower and then we went to bed.
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