Rothenburg to Strasbourg

July 8, 2013 – After we left Hohenschwangau, we drove to Rothenburg (Road n burg) ob der Tauber and enjoyed the quaintest medieval town still on the planet earth!  It is a beautiful little town on the Romantic Road and the epitome of German cities. The “Old Town” is a patchwork of winding cobblestone streets lined with picturesque half-timbered houses that appear crooked, some actually are crooked. There are 40 massive towers that connect the intact walls that form a ring around the Old Town and you can walk on top of it to get great views over the city and the Tauber valley.  We took a tour of the city from the “night watchman” that was fabulous as the tour guide dressed in character and told stories that engaged the children and could bring tears to the eyes of the adults. Image

We did find out that if not for an American soldier  this city would not exist. The Americans’ ordered the city bombed and destroyed.  A general in the american army gave the Germans an option to surrender the city because he remembered his mother’s picture of this beautiful place hanging on his wall at home from her vacation she took to Rothenburg.  The Germans decided to take the option and they surrendered the city.  We waited around for about two hours to get a picture of the most photographed place in Rothenburg without any people in the way, but today we were not the “top” photographers we thought we were.  But still, we did get some great pics.  We visited the “Criminal Museaum” which was especially interesting, found out about the medieval laws and how they punished people back in the early days.  Here’s one of the funnier punishments.

Image

From Rothenburg, we drove to Bingen and took a Rhine River cruise.  It was spectacular and the weather was perfect.  We couldn’t have asked for a better day.  Now on to Strasbourg to meet my Aunt Anne…

Image

July 9, 2013 – Strasbourg, France

OK, so we came to Strasbourg to visit with my Aunt Anne…… another Aunt that I have not met.  OMGshe is a hoot.  Let me tell you, she will be 90 in August and she has more energy than Norm and I together!!  She played the harmonica for us, and danced whilst playing…about 4 songs, (we were winded after the first one) and played the piano for us too.  When she and my mom were little, there was only enough money for one of them to go to music lessons, and her dad sent my mom instead of her, which she was always a little peeved about, but her father said it was because she would never sit still long enough to get anything out of them.  So she took music lessons as an adult when she could pay her own way and now she listens to music on the TV and plays along with them.  She rides her bike with the basket on the back of it for her shopping, skis, swims and loves the 93 meter high water slide although she told us she will not be doing that again, b/c every time she gets to the top of the ladder, everyone starts clapping, then she goes down the slide and everyone cheers for her.  She doesn’t like the attention for that, b/c she doesn’t think it’s any big deal.  She tried to join several ski clubs but they wouldn’t let her join because they didn’t want the liability. She said she could ski better than most of the younger ones.  She reminds me a lot of my mom… she will say anything regardless of what anyone else thinks and on any topic imaginable!  She baked us a cake that we had to eat with our hands.  No forks.  That’s the kind of cake it was.  Damm good to, I might add.  It was a great visit and she told us next time we visit, we HAVE to stay with her and that she will be around for quite some time as we have a cousin that just passed away at the age of 102, so there are good genes in the family.  Hope I get just an ounce of those genes.

Image

We’re heading south tomorrow to Interlaken and will post additional pictures of these last couple stops upon arrival.  Miss you all.

Rita & Norm

Aunt Anne - she'll be 90 in August

Aunt Anne – she’ll be 90 in August

Here she had to go get her hat for the picture!!

Here she had to go get her hat for the picture!!

She warmed up by playing the piano for us.

She warmed up by playing the piano for us.

Then Aunt Anne was on a roll... playing about 4 songs on her harmonica!

Then Aunt Anne was on a roll… playing about 4 songs on her harmonica!

She is pretty damm good too!

She is pretty damm good too!

She is such a hoot! No wonder she still skis, swims and rides her bike, she never gets short of breath!

She is such a hoot! No wonder she still skis, swims and rides her bike, she never gets short of breath!

"Little Venice"

“Little Venice”

Had a "Tarte Flambe" here. It is a specialty here that is thinner than a flatbread pizza without sauce. Great, we could have eaten two of them.

Had a “Tarte Flambe” here. It is a specialty here that is thinner than a flatbread pizza without sauce. Great, we could have eaten two of them.

lenses = lentils? striped = layered? ok, we couldn't figure out what "laminated" meant.

lenses = lentils?
striped = layered?
ok, we couldn’t figure out what “laminated” meant.

We see this type of wood storage everywhere along the way.

We see this type of wood storage everywhere along the way.

But we also see things like this, too!

But we also see things like this, too!

DSC01971

Rhine River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise Pictures

Rhine River Cruise Pictures

Rhine River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise

Norm looking like a tourist.....NOT!

Norm looking like a tourist…..NOT!

I made him do it!

I made him do it!

Part of the Criminal Museum.

Part of the Criminal Museum.

It was not easy asking someone to take this.

It was not easy asking someone to take this.

Here's Norm trying to take a bite of some freshly baked "B..B.. Bud.. Bundt cake" How you say it?

Here’s Norm trying to take a bite of some freshly baked “B..B.. Bud.. Bundt cake” How you say it?

These snowballs are Rothenburg's signature cookie. At first sight it reminded us of SNL's "Schwetty Balls" LOL!

These snowballs are Rothenburg’s signature cookie. At first sight it reminded us of SNL’s “Schwetty Balls” LOL!

We have found NO shortage of sausage in Germany.

We have found NO shortage of sausage in Germany.

O.K. So every time Norn's been using the "WC" (toilet) he's been thinking there was a non-flusher before him. Putting on his glasses revealed that these are painted on bugs (fly). Guess they are targets? ??

O.K. So every time Norn’s been using the “WC” (toilet) he’s been thinking there was a non-flusher before him. Putting on his glasses revealed that these are painted on bugs (fly) above the splash guard. Guess they are targets? ??

A home inside of Rothenburg turned into a hotel.

A home inside of Rothenburg turned into a restaurant.

This is the door to the oldest and largest home in Rothenburg from 1540 and the descendants are still living there. which is over 500 years! WHOAH!!

This is the door to the oldest and largest home in Rothenburg from 1540 and the descendants are still living there. which is over 500 years! WHOAH!!

Our Garden Patio. All the homes have this type of a backyard.

Our Garden Patio. All the homes have this type of a backyard.

Hey Steph and Melissa.. does this look like the one from King's Island?

Hey Steph and Melissa.. does this look like the one from King’s Island

Teddy's blowing bubbles

Teddy’s blowing bubbles

Most photographed picture of Rothenburg

Most photographed picture of Rothenburg.

Entrance to Rothenburg

Entrance to Rothenburg

Second part of entrance

Second part of entrance

Fourth section to entrance

Fourth section to entrance

Third section to entrance

Third section to entrance

Finally we're inside!

Finally we’re inside!

5 thoughts on “Rothenburg to Strasbourg

  1. hey, sorry i haven’t been on in a while. summer has finally got to its hump and i am focused a LOT on camps.well anyway that is a great story of your aunt. I like how her age doesn’t get in the way of her spirit and energy. Rothenburg sounds very exciting. i wish i could have been there to experience it with you. I hope you are having a LOT of fun. I wish you the best and travel safely. I miss you guys.
    -Jada ❤

    Like

  2. How awsome, you get to meet more family. too bad your mom isnt here to hear your stories and see pics of her family. Patty and tony are in germany now, then off to ireland and more. small world.

    Like

    • Yeah, really small world. I know, my mom would have loved this. Oh, BTW.. Norm was just joking about checking on us every day. It seems a lot of people are not getting some of his one liners. Especially my children.

      LOL Rita

      >________________________________

      Like

  3. OMG!!!!! I knew our family was a little touched!! At least we will live long lives as long as we ride a bike, of course with a basket. I’m gonna buy me a harmonica!!!! I have a garage full of bikes sans a basket!! Keep up the good work.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s