Arrived in Rothemburg ab der Tauber on Sunday, 24 August. Sean insisted on carrying my suitcase on his back because he doesn’t like the noise of the wheels over the cobblestones. He got tired of carrying it and said it smells. We should get a new one and throw this one away.
We have trouble finding a place to stay but settled on another nice mid-range B&B.
We separated to meet back at the room at 6:00pm. Sean had my camera! I took my guidebook pages and took the self-guided walk but came back at 5:00 and napped. I was frustrated without my camera. Sean showed up at 6:00 so I went out and around again taking pictures. We were supposed to meet back up for an eight o’clock tour but I got lost. I did find a bag store. No one was at the church for the tour when I got there so I guess I missed it.
Sean was still asleep and I crashed too. Aaahhhh, twelve to thirteen hours sleep.
On Monday, we would split up again.
There are two things I love about Europe (at least where I have been in Europe), the earth-friendliness and the easy, quick, and painless public transportation. It doesn’t matter whether we’re going by train, bus, or cab. In Oklahoma, buying a train or bus ticket is almost as monumental as an international airline ticket. Plans must be made in advance. Here, we just look at the schedules posted at any stop, purchase a ticket from a machine or the driver, and get on. I love it!
25 August 2008
I got out before the town was up and going. I saw St. Jakob’s church and the Reichsstadtmuseum. I paid three euro extra for the privilege of taking any pictures I wanted of the exhibits. Any time museums let me take pictures, it’s a wonder.
I saw museum and church, Sean saw stores. He shopped and wandered. We did laundry and wonder of wonders, after laundry, I actually found the bag store I had passed yesterday while lost, and another wonder, they had a suitable backpack. We shipped home two bags and some gifts.
It was fun being out in the town at night. The day bus tourists had left but the stores were still open.
**notes added 20 February 2015
While Freiburg had an earth-friendly atmosphere, Rothemburg felt like a theme park. It is still set up much as it was in the fifteenth century. There are few cars and we rarely saw them driving. They have a parking lot outside the town walls. You can see the metal work where one of the old town gate used to be, along with the little door that the gatekeeper could open to see who wanted to enter the town after hours. I found the ugly face with a large hole for a mouth interesting. They would pour hot liquid out of it down on their enemies who were trying to force their way in.
St. Jakob’s (We call it St. James) church had some beautiful wood carving (click on the pictures to enlarge them, so you can enjoy the detail)