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  • Day2

    Felsenmeer im Odenwald

    November 3, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Nach der Party von gestern ausgeschlafen und dann in den Odenwald gefahren.

    Hier waren wir im Felsenmeer klettern und im Wald spazieren.

    Weiter gehts zur Großtante hier im Odenwald ☕️ zu Besuch.

  • Day15

    On and on down the Neckar

    June 12, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We left Stuttgart yesterday and headed off along our next river, the Neckar. We were in for a long hot day, 79 K to Heilbronn. The bike path was very busy, everyone was out to enjoy the sun. The beer gardens along the route were especially popular but we stuck to mineral water when we stopped about 11am. Lots of vineyard up the steeper sides of the river. We found a very fine Japanese restaurant for dinner, no Swabian options around here.

    We headed out this morning through building sites and industrial areas but we soon left that behind. It was a much cooler day and despite the early clouds no rain, so a beautiful days ride. We chose to stay in Hirschhorn just because it was a good distance but it's a beautiful little town. Of course we had to climb up the tower at the top of the hill, great view.
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  • Day304

    Day 305: Lorsch Abbey

    December 16, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

    Another day trip out of Heidelberg today. They've all been long trips, and we're both feeling quite tired and run-down I think, definitely ready for a day off tomorrow. Today's trip was to the Abbey and Altenmunster of Lorsch, a town an hour outside of Heidelberg. So our usual early start, then two trains as we arrived around 10:30am.

    This is a very small site. In contrast to yesterday's large monastery complex, this was a large complex of which almost nothing remains. The only real building left is known as the Konigshalle, or the King's Hall, but its actual purpose is unknown. The building dates from the 8th century, and is one of the only still-standing examples of Carolingian architecture.

    What's interesting is that despite the monastery being at the centre of several religious conflicts, disputes between lords and priests, the Reformation, and then the Franco-Prussian wars of the 18th century, it has survived basically intact. Even when Spanish troops burned down the rest of the monastery, this building wasn't touched. And after the fires and destruction, when the villagers were looting stones from the burned buildings to rebuilt their homes, nobody tore down the King's Hall. Very odd.

    We did a guided tour at 11am; as with the other day at Messel we were the only participants so the nice lady spoke English for us instead. She had a few gaps in her vocabulary, but I helped a little and we got the gist of it. The best part was going inside the hall - quite plain, though with very faded paintings inside from the Carolingian era. The guide was a history blogger too, and after the tour we exchanged details.

    Had a quick look in the museum at an exhibit on kitchens and bathrooms over the centuries, then checked out the kirchefragment (church fragment) on top of the hill. The monastery had an enormous church, but only a small part of it remains and the restorations on it only finished this year so that was lucky.

    Also did a two kilometre walk through the fields to the Altenmunster, or the old church. Not much to see here, just the rough stone base of an original church dating from the 8th century. Though the curators had also helpfully provided an outline of the original monastery using turf mounds - quite innovative I thought.

    We walked back through the vegetable gardens to the station. I haven't mentioned these before I don't think, but they're extremely common in Germany. Because most people live in apartments, gardens and yards are uncommon. Instead, people rent small plots of land on the outskirts of cities and use them to grow vegetables, do gardening, entertain the kids etc. It's a bit odd, but a very common sight - essentially a rented backyard outside the city I guess. Makes for a nice little walk.

    Back to the station where we had to wait 45 minutes for the train and with no options for coffees or snacks. So we just sat there under a shelter in the cold. At least it wasn't raining or snowing! It's rained on and off for the past few days, as usual, but hasn't snowed for quite a while which is good.

    Home for the evening where we made fajitas for dinner, something a little fancier since we've got a decent kitchen. I did some video work as well, since I'd been very slack and hadn't touched any since Hamburg. That's what happens I guess when you have six weeks of content lined up, the pressure to produce goes away and you just ignore it! Well I do, anyway. I know someone who definitely doesn't do that!
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  • Day1106

    Mondfinsternis Abtsteinach

    July 27, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Eigentlich sollte der verfinsterte Mond um 21:30 Uhr aufgehen. Kurz nach 22:00 Uhr hat er sich dann bei uns über die Baumwipfel erhoben. Da er so dunkel war, war es nicht ganz einfach ein halbwegs brauchbares Foto zu schießen. Eine knappe Stunde später hat sich auch noch der Mars blicken lassen.Read more

  • Day44

    Nibelungen, Luther oder Wein?

    July 13, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    In Worms ist viel auf die Nibelungen ausgerichtet. Straßen die die Namen der Protagonisten tragen, eine Statue von Hagen der den Schatz der Nibelungen in den Rhein wirft und ein Museum in dem man die Geschichte der Nibelungen erfährt. Auch Luther hat hier eine große Bedeutung, da er hier seine Thesen vor dem Kaiser verteidigte. Der Wormser Dom ist durchaus sehenswert. Nicht weit weg von hier verläuft auch die Deutsche Weinstraße von der ich schon einen Voreindruck bekam durch die Fahrt auf dem Rheinterrassenweg. Morgen gehts aber auf dem Rheinradweg weiter nach Speyer. Achso kleine Empfehlungen von mir: Bei Besichtigung des Nibelungen Museums plant mehr als 2 Stunden ein und probiert das Ureich pils aus der Eichbaum Brauerei. Schmeckt verdammt gut.Read more

  • Day1

    1. Tag - Zwischenstopp Heppenheim

    September 2, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Nachdem wir auf unserer Anreise Richtung Pyrenäen unseren ersten Stopp in Heppenheim bei unserer Freundin Nadine hatten und hier mit super Ausblick und leckerem Frühstück in Tag gestartet sind, geht es heute um die Mittagszeit weiter nach Frankreich zu unserem nächsten Zwischenstopp. Mal schauen, wie weit wir kommen. 😉Read more

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