6.7.09 Made it to Munich!
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6.7.09 Made it to
Hooray! We hadnâ€™t really meant to go to
We figured in Augsburg, on the Romantic Road, we would try to find a nice parking Stell Platz, like last nightâ€™s in Rothenberg- that was a fantastic overnight spot! For a euro we filled upon water, emptied the tanks for free.
No luck finding camping parking in Augsburg- The Augsburg roads were sometimes busy, torn up for construction, and overtaken by trams, knowing that we were touring it, enjoying it, and heading on out of town. Parking was difficult even for
Then we headed for the Churchâ€™s campground listing for
So we headed the 45 minutes to
While it rained hard, the girls insisted on searching for bread at the campground store and ran around getting wet under umbrellas, but Charles and I relaxed in Sugar. It has been pouring rain ever since and we are so grateful to be snug in Sugar!
We bought from the campground office a transportation pass (up to 5 people) for tomorrow (9E). We found out all the details: where to get on the bus, off, how to validate (on the bus, just once) and it is good for all day on all
Let me tell you a little about this morning- we walked back into lovely Rothenburg, armed with the info from the book Iâ€™d bought and read last night. We all went up in the tower that Lia and Steve visited yesterday. That was quite a thrill climbing the steep stairs that became as steep as a ladder at the top. We took pictures from the outside balcony (theyâ€™d never let us out there in the
We also enjoyed St. Jacobâ€™s Church (3.50E for us all) and were glad weâ€™d read about the three precious drops of Christâ€™s blood embedded in the medieval cross or weâ€™d never have found the Holy Cross Alter behind the newer organ chimes in the back, upstairs.
The Christmas Store was so overwhelming with the many rooms of lights and ornaments that we didnâ€™t pay for the additional museum rooms, but we did buy a little classic German nutcracker tree ornament, a stuffed bear for Lia, and a candle wick trimmer. I donâ€™t how I lived without one of those. I think it is a candle wick cutter- I asked two store people and in spite of the â€śwe speak great Englishâ€ť signs, I didnâ€™t understand but a quarter of what they said. But since â€śDankeâ€ť is the sum of my German, Iâ€™m not condemning nor complaining about their language skills.
We also enjoyed the Doll and Toy Museum (10E), which I thought was not overly exciting, but the kids seem to enjoy all the miniature dollhouses, trains, and Barbies. Lia now wants a dollhouse, which doesnâ€™t surprise me. While I cannot convince Charles to buy a thing at the
We waited in eager anticipation in the town square for the great clock to strike noon. You see, every hour between 11am and 3pm (or something like that), the town hall tower clock reenacts an ancient town legend. Briefly, an invader told the town councilmen that the town would be saved if someone could drink in one draught, the wine from the 3.5 liter stein used for visiting dignitaries. The mayor (whose neck was on the line) volunteered and succeeded! He took 3 days to sleep it off all that wine, but effectively saved everyone from the now-impressed invaders. Lovely 1400â€™s era soap opera stuff!
So when the town clock chimes, casement windows open on either side and there are 2 figures who move very slowly to the chimes, one looking threatening while the other appears to drink from a large stein. It was hokey and fun and we went looking for bratwurst after that, returning to the same delicious store from yesterday.
Rothenburg is a delightful, picture-perfect town and we loved every minute of it! We thought the townspeople were genuinely nice to their many tourists and weâ€™d love to return to Rothenburg.