Monday, December 22, 2014

O Holy Night

It's time for this again!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Art Nouveau in Bad Nauheim

Bad Nauheim is an old spa town. There is mineral water flowing around that you can still sample. It tastes strongly of salt and iron. You shouldn't drink much of it. There is a spa complex (the Sprudelhof) that was built in the early 1900s, therefore in the art nouveau style (Jugenstil in German). It has bathouses that are still in use today. So every year the city has a Jugendstil festival with antique vendors and people walking around in period costume. The reason we went, though, was the opportunity to ride an old-timey bike (apparently called a penny-farthing). The guy who owned the bike had to hold it up the whole time we were on it, but that still counts.
One of the pros riding around

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Wetzlar

Wetzlar has a nice old town with a lot of half-timbered houses. Like everywhere else in Germany, Goethe lived there for a brief time. Two of his friends who lived there influenced his book The Sorrows of Young Werther, and you can visit their houses.

some half-timbered houses

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tuebingen

We went to Tübingen on one of the few summery days this year. We walked around the old town and saw parts of the university, where Kepler, among others, studied. We had lunch at a restaurant on the river, then walked around some more and up to the castle. The castle has nice views over the city and a museum that includes a prehistoric horse figurine.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Roman Germany

The Romans did make it into Germany a little. Like Hadrian's Wall in England, they built a limes marking the edge of their territory in Germany. The Romans built a fort in Aalen, and some ruins remain. We also went by a villa rustica, this one a Roman winery, in the Palatinate region. They grow grapes there today, too.
rare silver mask at the Roman museum in Aalen
ruins in Aalen
part of the villa rustica
reconstructed tower that was part of the limes