>> Saturday, July 04, 2009
*****I apologize in advance for my spelling errors....the dang spell check says everything is wrong because it is in GERMAN!!! I guess Blogger is linked to German server to has German spellcheck. My Dashboard is German too...but luckily I know my way around well enough to make due. ******
So I made it! Whew. I am running about two days behind on pictures. It is currently 1:30 in the morning and I just got back from our day out in Stuttgart, Germany. But here are my pictures from yesterday in Heildeberg.
All I can say about Heildeberg is absolutely beautiful. Imagine stepping back hundreds of years and you would be sitting in the Old Town sector of Heidleberg. The city was hit during the war but the ruin that was left of the castle and surrounding town is breathtaking. It was the perfect start to my holiday.
This is the hotel we stayed at. It was very quaint. It was five star as you could tell by the service. I got a "welcome" drink upon arrival of sparkling wine. The room was all Laura Ashley. What the room didn't have? Air conditioning. What all of Germany has in common...no air conditioning. Ugh. Not even in MCDONALDS! Michael says he has been hot for a week. (FYI we are in a Hilton tonight and have AIR!!!)
What the room did host was a crank window with a lovely view. That is actually someone's house across the way. The crank window provided the air conditioning for the room.
Once I got settled Michael was not far behind me and met me within the hour. We immediatly set out to explore since by now it was past lunch time. This is the view directly outside our hotel. Right across the Neckar River is the castle. From here you cannot see the devastation caused by the bombs during the war. Breathtaking!
To get the castle we paid 6 euros for a one trip on this train. I was shocked once I realized it only went about .1 mile. But then I realized if I didn't take the train I would have to take the 300 steep stairs leading to the castle. Done and Done! Thanks for the heads up Sybil!
Once we got off the train down from the castle you can see all of Old Town. That is the Old Bridge going across the river. I told Michael I could only imagine living in the castle and looking down at the kingdom.
Statue at town center. Also a fountain. We definitly saw a guy bathing in it (by bathing I mean face, hands, underarms...not nude bathing!) and not a homeless guy but an average joe. Some custom I don't know about?
A street right off the center square. There are outside bars everywhere. It is great for people watching. I think this is because it is cooler outside than in because there IS NO AIR!
Another shot of the castle from the opposite bank for the river. I should mention all of the pictures with both of us in them is via my tripod. The best ever for vacations. Especially ones where you don't know how to ask someone else to take picture! haha. Plus I center it, focus so I know it will be a decent picture unlike most people who just snap say whatever! I feel some good pics on the vacation.
Old Bridge. We didn't see cars on the bridge so I am not sure if driving is not allowed but the bridge had mostly pedistrain traffic.
Philospher's Way. A beautiful walk along the Neckar River.
In the castle this caught my eye. It almost looks like Eads I love you. I do baby!
At the Wine Vat display
In the castle. I wish I could get married at this place!
This is a Giant Wine Vat. I am assuming it supplied the castle with refreshments. Huge! I think we should buy this and supply Eadsfest with wine this year. No chance we will run out before the last event.
There was also a Pharmacy Mueseum in the castle. I saw this and had to take a picture. I am not even going to say anything but we got a good giggle.
Almost more impressive than the castle was the grounds and gardens. We just sat on a bench and talked. It was so peaceful and sureal. The trees were so big it made you realize how old they really were.
Fountain in the castle gardens
There was a random rose garden in a perfect circle. Not sure if there is some signifigance to that but I started being goofy and meditated in the circle.
But if that wasn't enough I had to start being silly
Another view from the grounds. Right below where we snapped this picture they had sheep wandering in the fields (to avoid cutting grass?) They were "baaaaing" away while we strolled. We got a good laugh out of the sheep. It is random to see sheep just hanging out.
I wouldn't say they are "restoring" the castle but maybe reinforcing it so it doesn't fall onto the village below? There was some definite construction going on around one of the towers. Of course
This is the front of the castle from the courtyard surrounding the entrance.
So after we walked the city and castle we settled down for a nice beer in Germany. I tried a Pilsner first...yuck
Then after many cocktails during happy hour switched to Heferfizen (Colleen will be proud!) As you can tell below the night went on for quite some time. I would say we all had a great time. Between three of us we racked up a 140 euro tab with dinner and drinks. Yes this was me smiling pre bill
mmmmm I found my favorite type of German beer.
Oh it was late night by now
And good night!
We did it up right my first day/night. Considering I just flown in from an eight hour flight and hadn't showered in what seemed like forever due to 24 hours of travel I hung it well. But boy was I soar in the morning. I should mention we did go DOWN the stairs from the castle. I had to work off all the liquid carbs Germany blessed me with.