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Rothenburg

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Rothenburg

Rothenburg

Rothenburg

Rothenburg

Clock tower

Clock tower

Outside the wall

Outside the wall

Christmas bus

Christmas bus

Inside christmas store

Inside christmas store

Christmas store

Christmas store

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A new day, a new exploration. Rothenburg is a town surrounded by a wall. It's a fortress with a covered walkway all around. The length of the wall is approx 3 kilometers, has 42 gates and towers and was built in Medieval times ( during the 14th Century).
Walking along the top you get a wonderful view down lane ways and into backyards of the people close to the wall. It is very impressive and well preserved thanks to the various restoration projects over the years.
Walking the bottom of the wall is very peaceful in the tree lined and lush countryside that is outside the towering rock structure. It also gives you the idea of how hard it would of been to penetrate this engineering feat. Complete with moat and battlements I dare say it would have been daunting.
Once back inside we wandered the cobblestones, peering into shops and alleys all the while marvelling at the condition of these old walls and structures.
St Jacobs church is beautiful. Built in 1311 (started) it soars to the heavens and contains the Altarpiece of the Holy Blood. It was carved around 1499 and holds a rock crystal capsule which dates back to 1270. It also holds an organ consisting of 5000 pipes. It must sound awesome when played in this huge house of god. The stained glass windows are perfect and tell stories handed down over the generations. It is a Lutheran Church and once again well preserved.
Coffee, beer, sausage and a rest for we are going on the Nightwatchmen tour tonight to get an insight into the city after dark.
As I write this the heavens have opened up and sent down rain with the odd clap of thunder. Hopefully it will clear for later on.

Posted by pjandc 18:23 Archived in Germany Comments (0)

Rothenburg via Ribeauvillle


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Headed out at 8.30am today headed for Rothenburg in Germany. Celeste found a little town by the name of Ribeauville on the way. It was still in France. After a tour of the "Old Town" , as I was driving and didn't listen to Gavinshka, we parked and got out for a walk and breakfast. What a find! A beautiful old town built around 1350 AD. Wandering around the cobblestone streets and looking up at the houses that had provision for Storks to nest was great fun. The view was amazing as vineyards crept up the mountain sides and castles seemed to litter the high points of the landscape.
After a couple of hours and a breakfast it was back into the van and off. Travelling on the roads is interesting as trucks are limited to the right hand side and quite often limited to speed while the cars whizz past at speeds that curl your hair. Sitting on 120 kph and cars flying past is eerie at first then all good as you get used to it.
Into Rothenburg we drive heading into "old Town". And travelling slowly through the little alleyways as tourists try to navigate the same area is fun. Found the hotel, unloaded the bags and parked the car. The room is shall we say "Spartan". We wanted location on a budget so as long as it is quiet and warm it's all good.
Dinner was Schnitzel and beer. It was really really good. Roll on tomorrow.
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Posted by pjandc 18:20 Archived in Germany Comments (0)

Quiet day in Mulhouse

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Last night's dinner was at a Kebab place just down from our hotel. Good kebabs and wine was the order and was fullfilled. Sunday morning Al and Andrew headed off to the Car Museum while the girl's and I headed into town for the museums and breakfast.
9.30 in the morning and the place is like a ghost town. Seriously everyone is still in bed. Museums open 10 to 12 then 2 to 5. Most shops closed. We wandered down to the station where we got some breakfast and contemplated the train to Paris. While in this end of town we came upon a ceremony that we believe was celebrating the Freedom fighters of the 1940s as flag bearers, dignitaries and ex soldiers were wreath laying at a memorial complete with drummer and buglers. Breakfast finished and the Paris train gone we wandered back into the ghost town of Mulhouse and found a supermarket for some tissues, a bread shop for a roll for lunch then back to hotel.
Nothing happening and the boys back from the car museum we took the opportunity to vedge out by catching up on blogs, facebook and australian radio.
Dinner at the Kebab place again and it was just as good with possibly the best coffee we have had to date. Tomorrow we are off to Rothenburg Germany. 3 countries in 3 days

Posted by pjandc 18:18 Archived in France Comments (0)

Mulhouse

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We left Switzerland after about 1 hour of driving and I heard our credit cards sigh with relief. Easy run on these roads and when we found the Bristol (our hotel ) we parked for 4 euros a day and wandered into the "Old town", very French and pretty. People doing their thing on a warm Saturday afternoon. Celeste had her nails done while the rest of us had a coffee and watched the world ( and some pretty nice cars ) go by. The Bristol is a very nice hotel just out of the "Old Town" and is very well appointed. Very comfy here. Church bells ringing in the distance as I write this makes it very pleasant and relaxing. Dinner tonight will not be as scary as the last few nights but that was the price of being in Switzerland and doing and seeing such amazing things.

Posted by pjandc 18:15 Archived in France Comments (0)

Titlis

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Public holiday today and we are up early as we are going on a mountain adventure. Making full use of our Tell Pass we jumped on a train and headed for Engelberg to go up Mount Titlis. Breakfast was a coffee and cake for me and hot chocolate and bread roll for Celeste. Much the same for Kerry, Andrew, Katrina and Alain but what can you do? Public holiday, not much open and a scary price tag on everything else. We also bought our lunch consisting of sharing a roll between couples!
Mount Titlis loomed as we got off the train. Its height is 3020 mtrs above sea level or 10000 feet. Bus to the bottom of the mountain then a Gondola, then Cable Car and then by rotating Gondola to the top.
Amazing sights as you go up and up and up. Craggy mountain tops dwarfed by Titlis but the view is beautiful. Higher and higher, Colder and colder we get off and we are on a glacier that is awesome. Stepping out onto the glacier you are hit by the cold and wind at the same time. In awe as I am battered by the wind but struck by the beauty around me
Hanging on to everything not secure I lost my hat but managed to retrieve it before it was lost to the wilderness. After playing in the snow and ice for a while we head to do the Cliff walk. 3041 meters above sea level and 500 meters above the glacier it is about 100 meters long. Stepping out we are hammered by the wind that was blowing ice and snow into the air. It registered at 60kph and ebbed and flowed menacing the unwary. Halfway across I had had enough and struggled back as the others went forward.
After lunch I had another go and the others came also and got me through. Damn windy and cold but it felt good to do it. Through an ice cave 20 meters below the Glacier surface was magical. Walking through a tunnel made of blue ice was a definite first.
Back down the way we came after spending a few hours on top of the world we ate our lunch near the station then jumped on a train, then a ferry to go back to Lucerne.
Hunger was wilting us and we found a lovely restaurant close to the hotel. Decision made that enough snack food had been eaten we had a meal! Yes we did! Meat, vegetables and potato we the fare along with a glass of beer and wine. Yummo.
Back to the hotel hoping for wifi and packing to leave tomorrow for France.

Posted by pjandc 19:41 Archived in Switzerland Comments (0)

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