Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
30Trip End Aug 31, 2010
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We got up at 7:30 to get an early start to Wurzburg. After another good breakfast we left and arrived at the Residenz about 10:30 after a couple of wrong turns in the city. Erin has a great program on her computer called Auto Route and it has been invaluable in getting around detour and figuring where to go when we make a wrong turn. The Residenz was built by the Prince-Bishop of Wurzburg in the 1700"s. He wanted a larger more modern and impressive residence. Well, this was it. The entrance hall was big enough that a carriage with 12 horses could pull in turn around and deposit its passengers at the base of a magnificent staircase. As you walk up the stair case you can see 28 meters above the largest fresco in the world, 18 meters by 32 meters. It consists of a depiction of the four continents known at the time Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Each continent was represented by a woman sitting on an animal: Europe = horse, Asia = Elephant, Africa = camel, Americas = alligator
We took a tour and got to see parts of the residence that you normally can't see including many sitting rooms and dormitories (bedrooms. What was really amazing was that during the Second World War they removed all the furniture, chandeliers, doors and other decorations so that they wouldn’t be destroyed. Wurzburg was about 50% destroyed during the war. They have meticulously restored much of the damage from the war and Wurzburg is a more modern city.
When we finished the inside we went outside to the gardens and had a snack. I had brought McVities biscuits and jelly babies from England and we had bought apple chips in Heidelberg. The gardens were beautiful and the gardeners were really busy as this was the first day of sunshne in three weeks.
Next we did the Rick Steve’s walking tour of the downtown. Our first stop was the Dom St. Kilian. St. Kilian was from Ireland and was the first to bring the faith to Wurzburg
When we got back to Rothenburg we had supper at the Altfrankische Weinstube am Klosterhof which was a small, dark candle-lit restaurant. Derek, Erin and I had roast pork with mushroom gravy and spatzle and a salad. Larry got pork chop with sauerkraut and fried potatoes. Another great meal. We went back and worked on our blogs and went to bed.