Rothenburg ob der Tauber
"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." - Jawaharal Nehru
Day 5 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
We arrived in Rothenburg before lunch and had the day to ourselves. Since Rothenburg is a walled town, it would be hard to get too lost in it. Lunch for us was bratwurst on a bun (I think they were almost a foot long)--can't get enough of those sausages. Rothenburg is a tourist town so there were lots of shops to explore, including a nice Christmas shop. There were lots of bakeries also, tempting us with their Schneeballens, deep fried balls of pastry in a dazzling array of flavors. We most enjoyed strolling along the cobblestone streets looking at the buildings, churches and towers. It felt like being in a fairy-tale town--the steep-roofed buildings were varying shades of tan, blue, yellow, orange, cream or pink, some were tudor style, and most were adorned with shutters and window boxes overflowing with flowers. All that walking and strolling made us thirsty so we stopped at a little sidewalk cafe and got our afternoon beer. After a break, we took a walk atop the city wall, and then it was time to get an early dinner. More hearty German food--roast pork, dumplings, gravy, red cabbage and apple strudel with a large dollop of whipped cream for dessert. Yum.
Shortly after dinner, we met up with the rest of our gang at the town square for the evening Night Watchman's Tour. The Night Watchman was both informative and hilarious, part historian and part W.C. Fields. He led us around the city pointing out landmarks and telling us stories about life in the olden days. Made me glad we were visiting in the 21st century and not during the Bubonic Plague days. It was mid-October and the weather was very pleasant. There was even a full moon that night--how perfect for a night walk. After the tour, we walked around town some more to get some night photos. I guess it was such a perfect day we didn't want it to end.
Well, traveling for 3+ weeks isn't all just eating out and being chauffeured around, there comes a time to face your dirty laundry. We (actually me) did some hand washing along the way, but decided it was time to take advantage of the hotel's self-serve washer and dryer to do some laundry. It seemed that at each stop there was an opportunity to do laundry, either a laundromat or hotel laundry service, so it was possible to pack light and still have clean clothes for 3 weeks.
ON GETTING INSPIRED!
I love flowers almost as much as I love food. I knew that spring would probably have been the ideal time to view Europe's many gardens, but going in October had its own flowery show. I fell in love with the window boxes in Rothenburg. They added so much charm, color and beauty to the buildings. Even though it was mid-October, the flowers were still so incredibly abundant and fresh looking. The window boxes were mainly filled with ivy geraniums which cascaded 2-3 feet over the window sills in red, pink, purple or white. The colors complemented the pastel colors of the buildings adding to the fairy-tale quality of Rothenburg. I can't wait for spring to come around so I can plant my very own fairy-tale window boxes.
- Night Watchman tour
- Walking the cobblestone streets
- St. Jakob's Church