We left beautiful Strasbourg and set sail for Heidelberg, Germany. The day was overcast and cool/cold depending on how cold you like it. Once again, if you dress for the weather you’ll be fine. For us, this was not the time to look fashionable but rather dress for warmth. We took a bus from the port up to the top of the hill over looking the Neckar River and the tile roofs on the buildings and homes below us. I had always thought that the orange terra cotta tile roofs were found in hot, humid areas and not in European countries. That’s what is so great about traveling – the knowledge you pick up! The castle dominates the landscape.
Our tour guide was so smart and knowledgeable that we thought he was a little arrogant and obnoxious.
The buildings on the grounds of the castle are beautiful to look at even though they are more ruins than anything else.I think back to when these buildings were built and the sculptures were made and marvel at what they were able to do without modern machinery. Are you sometimes in awe at what was made centuries ago like I am?
We were taken into the lower level of one of the buildings where they had a brewery and a keg that held 60,000 gallons of beer! We were also told a tale of why there is a footprint in one of the stone bricks on the ground. Whether it is true or nor we will never know.
Afterwards we took the funicular down to the street level where we were able to go to the Christmas market which had just opened at 11:00 AM, like all the other markets we had been to. This town was a little different in that it had a small skating rink where you could rent skates and have a spin on the ice. At this market is where I had the best crepe that I had during the entire trip – a Grand Marnier crepe with sugar. It was hot and steamy and had puffed up. Eating that warmed my insides, of course I ate it with my mug of gluhwein. What was not to like?
We enjoyed watching a preschool group walking around with their teachers. The children were so cute and they all wore brightly color vests over the coats so they were quite visible.
There were some public restrooms in a trailer that were very clean and cost about .50 euros. I don’t mind paying money for a clean restroom. It seems to me that many European cities of a certain size have a carousel in the center of time because I have seen so many of them.
We met our group at 12:30 to walk to the bus for our return to the ship. In the evening we would go on a wine tasting in Rudesheim and we were not going to miss that.
During the afternoon cruise, some took naps, some stayed in the lounge to meet gather and snack. I think I sat in the lounge and fell asleep. Vacationing is hard work and tiring! We wanted to be well rested since we had an evening tour!
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