Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Woke up at 6:30am. Last night there was thunder and lightning so I am hoping that the heat wave has broken. My DH tells me to “stop talking about the weather already!”
We have breakfast in the restaurant of the hotel. It is the usual stuff — yummy pastries and breads, cold cuts and cheese, various cereals, and coffee and juice. “Where is the fresh fruit?” my DH asks the waitress. “Not today,” he is told. He will just have to be happy with his hot chocolate and scrambled eggs.
After consulting TripAdvisor, we come up a list of things to do today — our one and only full day in Rothenburg. We have a plan so off we go!
Our first stop is St. Jakops Church, famous for the Holy Blood altarpiece of the Würzburg wood carver Tilman Riemenschneider. As expected, the church is huge and I can’t get a full picture of it in my camera frame. Here are some pictures:
We also meet our Canadian friends at the church. They are each snapping away with their large Canon 5D cameras as they pivot in each direction like baby birds in a nest looking for Mama. I wonder, are they even looking at the church? Like last night, they are a talkative couple and we enjoy their friendly nature. DH starts the conversation and we learn more about their truly whirlwind trip down the Romantic Road in Germany where they stay a night or two in some of the major towns, like Munich and Nurenburg. They are leaving Rothenburg in a couple of hours and are trying their best to see all the major Rothenburg sights. I feel tired and stressed just hearing about their schedule but this is what happens when you have jobs waiting for you back home. My DH and I don’t, and that feels strange in its own way.
After the church, we head off to walk the wall that surrounds the city of Rothenburg. There are supposed to be some good views of the city from these ramparts. Must be true because I took enough pictures! Here are a few:
After the wall, we do some shopping and have some lunch at a gyro stand as I reconsider the purchase of an expensive Christmas Pyramid I saw yesterday at the Christmas store. I decide against the purchase when I consider the number of art classes I could attend for the cost of that one wonderful pyramid — at least four. I decide instead to buy these precious (yet inexpensive) Christmas tree decorations that are small enough to pack in my suitcase. My DH praises my decision like he would praise a puppy for peeing outside.
Next, we go to the The Crime and Punishment Musuem. This is the only museum of law in the European area and it has the most impressive collection of the law documents and instrument of punishment there is. We spend longer here than we expected going through the various exhibits that include instruments of torture, items used in the execution of sentences, costly books, graphic arts, documents of emperors, princes, the nobility and towns. My pictures did not turn out as good as these pictures — whoever took these must have had a really good camera!
At 2pm, to decided to take the free Rothenburg Historical Walk. The tour guide is good and in the three hours we learn quite a bit about Rothenburg and how the city is built. Did you know that this Rothenburg (one on many in Germany) is named “Rothenburg ob der Tauber” meaning “Red fortress above the Tauber”? This Rothenburg is located on a plateau overlooking the Tauber River and refers to the red color of the roofs of the houses which overlook the river. Interesting, eh? Here are some picture from our tour:
Earlier, my DH did some research and found a nice restaurant for dinner called Spaetzle-Schwob. We have a dickens of a time finding it because it is off the main drag on a quiet street! Eventually we found it and took a table outside. Here, the specialty is spaetzle with cheese and sausage with sauerkraut which is exactly what we ordered. We also shared a beer. Eventually, the wind picks up and we decide to head back to the hotel around 7pm. However, we decide to walk down the pretty streets and look at the windows.
We arrive back at the hotel around 8:30pm. We need to prepare for our trip to Salzburg tomorrow — the train leaves at 9am.
Quote of the Day: “We didn’t need the umbrella but I am glad I brought my sweater!” — Anna not talking about the weather.