Sunday, October 31, 2010

High Cotton

I love this time of year around here - cotton puffs everywhere. If you've never seen it, grown or harvested, you're missing out!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Rothenburg, Germany!

I was simply charmed by Rothenburg. Completely the vision I had when I pictured small German towns, ripe with history. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Heidelburg, Germany!

My first excursion into Deustchland was definitely one for the memory books. It was only a short trip comparative to the size of the country, but still I felt like my friend and I covered much ground. Our first stop on the Romantic Road was Heidelburg, complete with a real medieval castle, partly in ruins and partly rebuilt (as they all seem to be) and a wicked steep climb to the top, but totally worth it for the view, both inside and out. I had one of the best meals ever at the hotel restaurant - authentically German of course - and again at lunch. Sausage and Sauerkraut and Schnitzel, oh my! And did I mention the BEER. Delicious varieties and sizes. All told, an excellent start to only three days on the road. Have a look!

early morning silhouettes. I was up with the sun to see the sites.

in and around the city squares.

fall was falling.

 up to the castle we go!

 one of three largest wine barrels ever. Apparently only filled 18 times since the middle ages. But larger than two grown men standing one on top of the other and longer than perhaps four of those same men.

 Canci resting after the climb!

 lots of weddings!

breakfast, lunch and dinner. and beer. and German Eis Wein (Ice Wine) and a German Riesling. Yum!

the city, by night.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Leiden, Holland

Leiden: charming, quaint. simple. beautiful. dutch. enough said!

 he totally posed for me!

 the station!

 delicious donut thing. language barrier but not a fail. it had a surprise cherry filling. yum!

 lunch! tosti and soup!

 no idea. but there was a big carnival the night before. I can only assume that had something to do with this!

 one of these things is not like the other...