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September 19, 2008

Germany: The Black Forest and Baden-Baden

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Street art in Ettlingen

Street art in Ettlingen

After an uneventful flight, Becky and I arrived in Frankfurt on Saturday afternoon. After picking up the rental BMW, we headed down the autobahn to Tonbach with Becky at the wheel in the left lane, arriving at our hotel before we left due to Becky’s best Michael Schumacher imitation. Dave is still trying to fully straighten his fingers after permanently imprinting his grip on the car’s handholds. Our hotel was the Traube-Tonbach—a resort hotel in the Black Forest that holds one of Germany’s finest eateries, Restaurant Schwarzwaldstube. We quickly made our American presence known as we first closed the elevator doors on and then showed a woeful understanding of both French and German with the proprietor of one of the most well known wineries in Alsace (more…)

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September 18, 2008

Heidelburg, Germany

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Heidelburg from the castle grounds

Heidelburg from the castle grounds

Heidelburg and the beginning of the burgs.

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Strasbourg France

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Strasbourg street

Strasbourg street

In the middle of a perfectly reasonable trip to Germany, a trip to France broke out.

The dart thrown at the map today landed on Strasbourg, just across the border in the French Alsace region. Strasbourg is about an hour’s train ride from Karlsruhe and I really wanted to see the Strasbourg Cathederal, one of the largest in the world. The only problem is that we only had guidebooks for Germany, which for some reason, did not work for France. In any event, I figured I’d wing it—the main sites are always close to the main train station, aren’t they?

Stepping off the train, the first thing you notice is that everything is in French. Not sure why that caught me by surprise, but it did and now I had to figure which of the 38 words that I know in two languages was proper to try to use before waiter gave up and used English. By the way, we’ve noticed that the wait staff, in response to a dumb stare from a patron, usually tries English.

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On to the Rhine and the Mosel

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Rhineland House in Bacharach

Rhineland House in Bacharach

Aside from eating German food with no veggies (unless you count potatoes) and drinking large quantities of superb German beer, we’ve spent our evenings learning German by watching German TV (our TV doesn’t have any English speaking channels).Not that that was our intent.There aren’t too many channels that we can understand without understanding the language.Maybe the sports channels, but then we don’t always understand the game.

There is this one show that appears near constantly, which we call “Automarken mit A” (Automaker with an A in the name).Basically it is a show/scam, where a scantily clad host (more men during the day, more women in the evening) implores the viewers to call in a “guess” for the name of the automaker on the board with an A in its name.A successful guess will result in a large euro prize.We believe that the calls cost the caller some money (we (more…)

The Mosel and the Rhine

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Burg Eltz

Burg Eltz

After a quiet nights stay where we once again faced down the dinner dilemma—do we drink beer or do we drink wine. A hard decision was (more…)

September 17, 2008

Freiburg im Breisgau

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Freiburg has an extensive network of canals and bachles

Freiburg has an extensive network of canals and bachles

After an evening of watching Hogan’s Heroes reruns in German (who figured that would sell!), Becky headed to her last day of class and Dave headed out to Freiburg im Breisgau. Freiburg is a vibrant university town in the heart of the Black Forest region of Germany. It is about an hour from Karlsruhe by fast train.

The major sight in Freiburg is the cathedral—Munster unserer Lieben Frau (Cathedral of Our Dear Lady). This is a massive Gothic cathedral that was completed between 1200 and 1515. The cathedral was (more…)

Bad Wimpfen

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The Schweine (Swine) Museum in Bad Wimpfen

The Schweine (Swine) Museum in Bad Wimpfen

We liked the name; therefore, we had to go.

We set out from our hotel after flipping through the guidebooks to see what looked interesting. In the end, we decided to head north to Bad Wimpfen in the Neckar Valley for some sightseeing.

Soon after hitting town, Becky spied the Schweine Museum (Pig Museum). After the fiasco with the Lamb World in New Zealand, Dave new he had no choice. Fortunately the museum was small and featured a collection of everything pig, mostly kitsch and collectables from around the world.

The town of Bad Wimpfen itself is a quaint burg with many historic half-timbered house sprinkled in the formally walled off area. Things were quiet, especially during (more…)

Wurzburg

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Residenz, Wurzburg

Residenz, Wurzburg

Becky’s class ended due to yet another German holiday and it was time to move on to Wurzburg. Wurzburg is at the northern end of the Romantic Road (or Romantische Strasse in German). A comfortable (more…)

Festung Marienberg and Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber

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Panorama from Festung Marienberg in Wurzburg

Panorama from Festung Marienberg in Wurzburg

We started the day with a visit to massive fortress Festung Marienberg in Wurzburg. Festung Mareinberg sits on the hill on the other side of the Main River overlooking Wurzburg. The fortress has rings of massive (more…)

Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber

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Rothenburg at dusk

Rothenburg at dusk

We set out for some more exploration of Rothenburg and the environs in the morning. We started with a climb up the tower of the Gothic Rathaus. The climb starts in one building on a beautiful stone spiral staircase and then transitions to another building and a climb that (more…)

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