Worms - so German of old

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Flag of Germany  , Rhineland-Palatinate,
Saturday, September 17, 2011

17 Sept- A little hung over we drove to Worms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worms,_Germany). It was not a great day with Swiss traffic to contend with until we got into Germany and then around this unexpectedly wonderful town (Pforzheim) where we took a little lunch, we missed a turn and did not recover the autobahn until near Karlsrhue. Anyway, eventually into Worms at 1630 we fluked our hotel (Dom Hotel) near the cathedral. We had decided not to book ahead in case we didn't want to stop at Worms.

A wander around town before dinner revealed a really gorgeous place and we look forward to seeing more tomorrow when there will be more light. A visit to the Dom St Peter ( http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wormser_Dom) a 12th century Imperial cathedral project, (where we could not take pictures inside with mass in progress) was followed by a visit to this small bar/ pub which at a pinch might accommodate 20 patrons. Concerned we might be sitting in a regualr's pew we drank our beverage and went in search of the Chinese restaurant we had seen earlier. Actually it was likewise small with 3 tables and seemed to be a take-away place more than a restaurant. As it turned out they were Vietnamese and with my Vietnamese we were able to order. Susan kept talking in English to no avail. It was German or Vietnamese only though the chef did speak a few words of English. The food was just what we wanted and we then retired to our hotel.

18 Sept - It rained last night and so prospects for some dry wandering are low. Enjoying a full buffet breakfast we are now late to leave for our sightseeing. We also want to pop over to the Rhine at the end of town. The church bells are ringing all over town as Sunday masses are celebrated in this historically religious city. Just learned the Irish beat the Wallabies...well done lads.

Why do hotels charge for internet access when it's no different these days than electricity water and a telephone in the room? Anyway, I've found a hotel in Bonn for tonight so we can get there when we get there.

Wandering around today, following the recommended walk and using the map (sort of) we came across the other things I had wanted to see. Luther's monument, the Jewish Cemetry  and Synagogue and Raschi haus, Worms' Rathaus and Museum and the Roman walls remaining steadfast. Germans take care of things and are neat and tidy.

The history of the place is quite interesting. It was from the Dom that Martin Luther was declared an outlaw in 1521 and that he refused to recant. All in all not a bad place but when it came to my finding the Rhine, I got lost and found myself on the autobahn to Manneheim. Susan then took over and drove us to Bonn, another most interesting city ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonn ).





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