The Romantic Road: Part Drei

Trip Start Mar 31, 2011
Trip End Jul 05, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The train to Bamberg was out of the ordinary, so I took a picture of it. First of all, it was a regional DB train rather than an ICE train, so the layout was totally different. There was a first and second floor, so we picked seats on the top. Unfortunately, the overhead bins were comically small-- about 1/4 the size needed to fit our backpacks. Thankfully, the train was pretty empty so we were able to just throw them in seats. To be reasonable, the packs are the size of people, so they probably deserve their own seat!  Glad that Dad is taking some of the stuff in my bag when he leaves, because there is no way in hell I could lift this pack into an overhead compartment by myself.
We got to Bamberg but there wasn't a map in the guidebook and we were unable to find a map of the city at any of the information booths.  So we had to follow the tourist signs, which was moderately difficult. Bamberg is a little bit off the beaten track-- not sure why because it was totally fantastic. Right on the Danube, every turn was more picturesque than the last. Plus, there were restaurants everywhere and they even had a local type of beer-- smoked beer! It was super dark and absolutely delicious. Easily the best beer I've ever had-- even better than Guiness in Ireland! 
We wandered across the rivers to a little islet that had a few pretty squares on it, then crossed the other side of the river to check out the Rathaus. The Rathaus had really interesting murals on either side of it, and there was a silly little baby foot sculpture sticking out from the bottom of one of the murals! Werid... Then up to Dom square and St. Michael's castle/cathedral type building. There were really beautiful views of the city from both attractions, so we spent a good deal of time staring at the town. Then we went to a pizza place for lunch and feasted!

   In Europe, most places offer "business lunch," which is basically a limited/cheaper chosen from their regular lunch menu. Clever. They don't seem to slice pizzas for you in Europe-- you have to eat them with a knife and fork. Thankfully, this place had decent knives so it wasn't too bad, but we have had pizza in the past that was nearly impossibe to cut. Oh well! This place had really good table olive oil too-- it was infused with garlic/basil/chili peppers or something spicy. Good idea... might have to try that one at home. 
After lunch, we wandered around the streets for a little while then headed back to the train station to board the train to Munich. It was pretty empty so we found seats with no problems, and away we went! Will post again from Munich in a few days. Tschau!
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Adrienne (Mom) on

Lovely photos. What a whirl-wind few days jumping from town to town. The food and beer look really delicious. And the quaint towns are truly lovely. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us. The photos are wonderful, and I love your narrative.

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