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2: Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. ~Emily Kimbrough | A R R I V A L | Anxiously waiting...

3: That long awaited greeting! i was so happy to see Mareike there waiting for me, she was my one feeling of security as i entered this new and exciting place | 22nd November

4: saturday morning 28. november | I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do. ~Willa Cather, 1913 Down below you see a mental health hospital. We walked around the grounds and it was a good place..very peaceful, undisturbed

5: Ansbach is full of beautiful old buildings..and historic sites. Above you see the forest, 20 minutes walk out of town... Meike took me for a walk, as Mareike had a friend over - they had to work on a presentaion for school. Saw heaps of beautiful places...It was cold..but the warm morning sun still shone through... | i even saw a real squirrel for the irstb time in my life!

6: saturday 28. continued... | Here is a photo of the street where the Meyers' live..their house is the purple one... | tree-hugger!

7: Here you see pictures of the 'Krankenhaus'. The proper name for it in German is 'Bezirkskrankenhaus'. Meaning 'Direct Hospital' - for the head

8: Saturday 28. continued.... | There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. - Minnie Aumonier

9: More images of the B:K:H..... Above i'm actually sitting on an old stone fountain....obviously no water!

10: SATURDAY 28th..NOVEMBER 'Frnkische Handwerkerkrippe' in die Kirche Bezirksklinikum' (Museum of tiny-towns in the Church)

11: Typical old-fashioned towns in Europa

12: BAUERNHOCHZEIT This was a scene known as 'die Bauernhochzeit' (Farmer's Wedding) Traditionally in Bavaria, this is how a farmer and his dame would marry - in the small country church, before boarding their carriage led by horses, carrying all their belongings. Behind the bride (in blue), you see the next young girl, sort of what we now know as 'the maid of Honor', traditionally the next to marry. Hat cases sit upon the cuboard, and the cuboard is for the wife's belongings only. It was forbidden for a man to ever open or store things in that cuboard. You also see our wacko-tour guide, who took delight in showing and telling us EVERYTHING you could possible see or want to know...for two hours he talked! He was a bit of a bore, but incredibly nice and cute, so i didn't mind too much!


16: ROTHENBURG.. In 1142 the Hohenstaufen King, Konrad III, acquired inheritance of land in the Tauber Valley. Being a King, he built an Imperial Castle there and later developed a community upon the hill, naming it ‘Rothenburg’. However in 1167 after the death of the new heir to the throne Friedrich, Duke of Rothenburg, the Castle was abandoned. But, due to its geographical location, (that being middle-Bavaria) the city developed over the years into a commercial center, with very few inhabitants. Tragically, in 1356 an earthquake destroyed the ENTIRE Imperial Castle and some parts of the city. Nevertheless, 44 years later the population has once again risen (now 6000 inhabititants) and under the ruling of its new Mayor, Rothenburg was now one of the largest cities in the Empire. Things went ok for a while, and in 1525 the city allied itself with the ‘Rebel's Leader’, Florian Geyer, during the Peasants War (in which Middle and South-Germany were involved in) and the city's decline begins.

17: In 1544, The Reformation occurred in Rothenburg, following in 1618 THIRTY YEARS of war with the Swedish and the whole of Europe the reason originally coming down to ‘Religion’ but thats another story..! During these thirty years, Prostestant Rothenburg was occupied several times. In 1801, after 500 years of independence, the Franconian City is finally and reluctantly accepted as part of the Bavarian Kingdom. But again disaster struck in 1945 when the city was the victim of a bombing attack by the allied forces (following war). The eastern part of the city is destroyed and a total of over 40% of the old buildings went up in flames. Generous financial support from all over tthe world, (Australia?) enabled most of the destroyed areas to be restored. Due to its horrendous history of turning to ruins, the city is today protected by exemplary preservation laws. .WELCOME TO ROTHENBURG!.....

18: Rothenburg, Sunday 29th November | Here you see the original wall that was build around 1360. The night-watchmen would wander along the wall and use the towers as a look out, for signs of trouble or threats to the city. The Rothenburg wall has four formal gates, its own inner courtyrad and is one of the most interesting sights in Rothenburg. | Was quite a climb up the stairs to the wall, but the view well worth while! The two photos of the wall are what you would see from the outside of Germany, these walls hold all the town of Rothenburg

19: Views from the top...looking into the city below | The walls were mad eof stome, and people had 'bought' stones and had them carved...only one or two from Australia though

20: Old historical buildings are scattered throughout the whole city | THIS IS ROTHENBURG!!!

21: One of the main streets, on a man-made cobbled stone road, a populated area, lined with cute 'street stores'

22: 'Weier Turm' (White Tower), he city's 12th century gate | 'Kobolzeller Tor' (gate). Was built around 1360 | Right next to the White Tower is the former Judentanzhaus (Jewish Dance Hall) , the center of Jewish life in the Middle Ages. Rothenburg, like many other Imperial city's, had a large Jewish community. At times Jews compromised over 20% of the population. Jewish tomb stones from the Middle Ages are integrated into the garden's wall.

23: Shots of the inner-city

24: The Alter | St Jacobs Church | The alters’ name is meant to be interpreted as ‘A drop of Christ’s Blood’, and is one of the most magnificent alters in Southern Germany. Rothenburg was a major place for pilgrimage in the Middle Ages, and the alter commissioned by the Town Council in 1500 was the main attraction. | Construction work of this Protesant Church started in 1311. Almost two centuries passed before the church was consecrated in 1485. An interesting feature is that it was built over a lane. It was the largest Church of the 14th century and is meant to reflect the city’s wealth and the ‘organized worship of God’. St Jacobs Church is famous for it’s alters, principally the ‘Heilig Blut Alter’ (Holy Blood Alter) by Tilman Riemenschneider.

25: Rothenburg Rathaus - Town Hall - The town hall actually consists of two buildings. The Gothic part (including the tower) was erected between 1250 and 1400. the front part, a Renaissance building, was built between 1572 and 1578. Arcades were added in 1681. The Rothenburg coat of arms decorates the front of the building, as well as pictures of electoral princes. In the Middle Ages, these electors elected the German King. Both buildings are connected by a courtyard. The Town Hall Tower is a remarkable piece of architecture since it has no foundations of it's own, but instead only rests on the top of the gable. in former times the tower accommodated the sentries who were to warn the city of fires and and approaching enemies. The observation deck of the tower can be reached through the main entrance of the Hall.

26: 'Rathaus' Town Hall | I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within. ~Lillian Smith

27: Town Hall Tower One can actually climb this tower and view Rothenburg - as far as the eye can see! However its very narrow and the old wooden stairs even creak as you climb...due to the fact its not a standing building itself..only a certain amount of people can go up at a time. See pictures of me on the opposite page...So a Medievil Tower that is balancing upon another building, creaks and may topple at any time..Nervous? Don't be, cause the view was well worth your nervous breakdown....

28: Photos from the top... | It was so amazing,felt like i was s seeing all of Germany

29: Saw all of Rothenburg and beyond..

31: Picture of me in in a Medieval laneway, and these houses show typical architecture in Rothenburg

32: We ventured to the outskirts of Rothenburg, and saw the wall protecting the inner-city, and also the picturesque land surrounding the city... | Small hut for a land owner of Rothenburg....(former times) | A park on the edge of town

33: Views, coldness, forgotten gloves, coffee, fresh air, smiles and laughter


35: On the bordering wall in Rothenburg | Favorite snaps... | Entrance to the Town Hall

36: A. Toy. Store. | I'm such a little kid... | You can fall in love at first sight with a place as with a person. ~Alec Waugh | Traditional German sweet-pastry, called'

38: December

44: Apparently in summer, the fields are filled with beautiful flowers, and many people come to pick them for their homes/gardens. Theres a small donation box with a sign at the gate...guess I'll just HAVE to come back in summertime... | Seeing Ansbach city from out of town.....

45: Meike and i 'took to the trail' when we walked back into town from the hospital. A few local farms and their properties, really a pretty sight! | The farmhouse | Horses with their jackets on | SATURDAY 28th NOVEMBER

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