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A day in Rothenburg

Day 5


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Today was an early day. We had booked an excursion to the walled town of Rothenburg. We had ordered breakfast to be delivered by 7:30 as we had to depart at 8:30. We ate and got ready at the same time and were ready on time. We boarded the bus and were soon travelling through the German countryside. We were passing through villages that had clearly preceded the development of roads, as the bus was barely clearing buildings. The drive to Rothenburg was about 1 hour and we had passed by numerous vineyards and also a lot of farmland. The grain crops are just starting to head out.
We arrived in Rothenburg and met our guides for the day. 789979AB-49AD-415D-8C92-05335988316C.jpeg4CEB953F-808A-4138-B56A-CDF7CAB47FBA.jpegThe guides took us on a tour of the town, and explained the history. There have been 3 sets of walls in Rothenburg. The walls were expanded as the city grew. The old part of town is very picturesque. 68D4D2FD-D8C2-4F67-881F-B0B0CC426829.jpeg228EA878-9156-41E7-A562-9A95F0582394.jpeg98ED0B35-5375-49EC-8361-6C00486FB21D.jpegLots of half timbered houses and buildings originating from the 1600’s. At one point we stopped for a sample of local sausage - really delicious. We walked past the gothic cathedral and peeked inside, then continued on down to the site of the original castle which is now a beautiful park.2EE3174A-74CE-4535-8857-D1C75B514E42.jpegE5003D0E-2F7A-487F-BFD5-280534FB58CE.jpeg One side of the park affrorded spectacular views of the town and surrounding valley. large_E191545F-34AF-4F9C-A046-CC40658A0237.jpegThis was the end of the tour and we set out to explore on our own. We wandered around and found a section of the original city ramparts that we could walk along. We climbed up and walked for several hundred yards before returning to the centre of the town.EC0C8599-5558-4D53-8349-5BBF22B33B5E.jpeg
We decided that we needed to return to the sausage shop and pick up some samples. A couple were ordering sandwiches while we shopped. They looked so tasty that we had to have one too. Some sort of sausage, sauerkraut and mustard in a bun.11E2C094-D206-46B1-89CC-378A3A4F4220.jpeg We also decided that we needed some Franconian wine since we were in the neighborhood. Franconian wine is easily recognizable by the distinctive shape of the bottles. 5FBA2B7D-231B-4447-A8DD-7CA29207931B.jpegBoth of those were easily dealt with. We shopped around for a bit but found nothing of interest so we walked back to the meeting point before walking to the bus. When the group was together we walked to the bus and headed back to Würzburg to meet the boat. I had a nap on the way back.
We returned to the boat in time for a late lunch. While we were eating the boat sailed departed. Lunch was followed by a performance from a guest violinist who provided us with some music. 8F8D87D1-6B2C-40FB-9CB8-3159E5253031.jpegShe was truly amazing. She played for about an hour and received a well deserved standing ovation! We returned to our room for some relaxation before dinner. Dinner was another excellent meal. Our whole table decided on the mahi mahi. After dinner we returned to the lounge and were treated to our activities manager singing old tunes. He was pretty good and very entertaining. Then it was back to the room where we sat and looked out at the moon with a nightcap. Arlene had bought some apple schnapps in Rothenburg that she was eager to try, so she poured us each a shot. There should have been a warning to keep away from open flame with it! It was well after 11:00 by this time, so we called it a night.

Posted by Basebrown 15:43 Archived in Germany

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