6.6.09 Stuttgart to Rothenburg ob der Tauber with the Crisps!
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Terrific day! We accomplished three goals: Parts from the Hymer RV store, the
I could not overstate the kindness of Carol and Steve – they are just the nicest, more easygoing, intelligent, interesting, wonderful people you could ever meet. Alli, their daughter, is visiting from her college in
And did I mention that Carol made a plate of the best chocolate chip cookies we’ve ever eaten and got German chocolate and candies for the kids? I won’t go on about her skills as a Master Gardener, chef, embroiderer, quilter and traveler extraordinaire. Or brag endlessly about Steve being a super-smart missile specialist, photographer, marathon runner, Lazy Daze RV expert (even long before he owned one). And wouldn’t you know their son’s job title is “Genius” at an Apple Store. I’ll tell ya, if my next career as a pottery artist doesn’t work out, I want that job title- Ha! Anyway, we just adore them.
So Carol and Steve escorted us to the Hymer store for a few little parts for Sugar- we would never have found it on our own. We got some plastic pieces, springs, ties – if you have a motorhome, you know all the little things that seem to go and I don’t want to return Sugar with a list. So that was a relief to take care of Sugar’s needs.
Then for Charles’ sake in particular, we all went to the new
Then we drove a couple hours up the road to the remarkable, quaint town of
We ate schneeballs and schnitzel and drank schobel. Did I spell those right? Round balls of fried dough covered with chocolate, sugar, or cinnamon; delicious sausages in baguette-like buns; and an orange drink! Then we staggered around and sent the Crisps on to a real dinner- they had more moderation than we did!
we found parking- there was a sign as we entered that showed bus and RV parking lots, so Steve led us there. Guess what? It is an Aire (RV overnight parking) for just 10E for 24 hours (can stay up to 48 hours for 20E)!
This parking area, with grass between diamond pavers and some nice trees, also offers electric -.50E (half a Euro) get us 1 KW of electric. We don’t know how much that’s worth, but we have charged computers and batteries, heated dinner in the microwave, and are cooling the refrigerator and still have time left on the digital meter for our plug. A service point kiosk is also here for adding water (1E for 80-100 liters), and emptying grey tank and the chemical toilet (free). A little restroom house nearby (no showers) is clean too.
Obviously, Rothenburg recognizes the value of motorhoming tourists!. It must be the most popular campground in town- there are about 35 rigs in this lot- and there’s an adjoining lot with equal space. While I’m vexed that I did not buy the German Aires (Stellplatz) book before this trip, I’m happy that Steve and Carol helped us find this one!
We are now on the “
We plan to again walk the 50 yards into the old town in the morning (this parking area is SO very convenient!) for a self-walking tour of the town. We bought a little book that shares the entire history- it makes the town come alive!
I think it is better to choose just a few places and dive in than to drive past or through them all. This is hard to admit on an “overview tour.” There’s a careful balance.
Without reading the guide books or getting the background info on a place, it really is only surface architecture. So we need time to read and learn. So I’m resigning to the fact that we can’t see it all- and I’m scheming to return later with Ned.
Our Springtime weather has been excellent too! We are back north where the days are the perfect temperature and the nights become chilly- good sleeping weather. J We’ll do
The only thing I regret is not having more time, money, and Ned over here. Minor details, but hopefully we’ll be able to rectify them within a few years (or decades), Lord willing. We sure are grateful for this opportunity we have right now- it is really special and we know it.