S: Germany 2010
FC: Germany September 2010
1: I went to visit friends, Cherie and Ben, who live in Ladenburg, Germany. I had been thinking about going for a couple years but I always put it off. In August I decided to just go ahead and buy a ticket. If I kept waiting for what seemed like a good time to go, I'd never get there. | Ladenburg
3: The Neckar River
6: Bavaria | Garmisch-Partenkirchen | On my second day in Germany, Cherie and I took the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which took about 4 hours. Around the outskirts of the village were pastures filled with cows and lots of small wooden buildings that I think held hay. We walked through the pastures on a trail. All the cows were wearing cowbells, and as they ate the bells rang. So as you walked along the trail you heard a lot of mooing and a lot of ringing bells.
8: Garmisch-Partenkirchen is situated in a valley in the Bavarian Alps.. The mountains rise up and surround the village. and it sits at the base of Germany's tallest peak, the Zugspitze. Cherie and I took a cable car to the top of another mountain, the Alpspitze. It was snowing so hard at the top that we couldn't see any of the valley below.
12: Vipiteno & Bolzano Italy
13: While we were in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Cherie and I took a bus tour to Italy to shop for the day. In Garmisch it had been cold and gray but as we drove through the Alps, from Germany through Austria to Italy, the skies turned from gray to blue and it was warm enough to leave our coats on the bus. We visited Vipteno first, where we bought too many bottles of wine - trying to fit it all in our luggage for the train ride back to Ladenburg was a challenge. We then went to Bolzano, where the shops were on narrow, winding cobblestone streets. There were lots of fun shops, an open air market with fruits and vegetables I'd never seen before, and we ended the day at a coffee shop - with a latte macchiato.
14: Our last morning in Bavaria we took a short train ride to Lake Eibsee, just outside of Garmisch. We walked along a path beside the lake for a while and then had breakfast at a small restaurant on the lakeshore.
15: Lake Eibsee
16: Cherie and I spent our last afternoon in the mountains shopping in Garmisch.
19: Back home to Ladenburg
21: Dinner and a latte on the hauptstrasse in Ladenburg.
22: Oktoberfest Stuttgart | Graffitti at the train station.
27: Cherie, Ben and I spent a day riding bikes in Ladenburg. First we rode through the town to a restaurant in a building built in the 17th century. We had coffee and pastries out in the courtyard, then we rode along the Nekar River. Ladenburg was once a Roman settlement, and below are pictures of the wall the Romans built to surround the town.
28: My bedroom was on the top floor of Cherie's house. There was a window above my bed, and the picture on the left is the view from that window. | We rode our bikes to a farm just outside Ladenburg where they were having a harvest festival. There was a band playing music from the big band era and lots of tables to sit at and listen while drinking apple flavored wine. | The smallest apple trees I've ever seen.
29: My last day in Germany we walked to the bus stop early in the morning. We took the bus to the train station in Ladenburg, then took the train into Heidelberg.
30: Hotel Zum Ritter
31: Heidelberg | Church of the Holy Spirit | Built 1398
32: Heidelberg Castle | Heidelberg
34: Heidelberg Castle
36: Heidelberg Castle
37: The last latte macchiato.
38: Heidelberg Castle
40: The Church of the Holy Spirit | Shopping on the hauptstrasse in Heidelberg.
42: Schwetzingen | Cherie and I took the train back from Heidelberg and Ben met us at the train station. We drove to Schwetzingen, a small town not far from Ladenburg, for my last dinner in Germany.