Thursday, October 29, 2009

Our Day in Nuremburg (#4 of Germany)

Nuremburg was an interesting and ancient city. We spent our time in the old town city center and ended up not having the time to tour the WWII history sites. I guess that's a good excuse to make another trip there, right?!

Many of the buildings in Nuremburg had sculptures, like this one, placed on the corners.

This is a view of St. Sebaldus Church, built in the 13th century.

This is The Schoner Brunnern, which means "beautiful fountain" and is in the main market square (Hauptmarkt). It was built sometime in the 14th century. There is a solid brass ring that hangs from the fountain and the superstition is that if you turn it three times, your wish will come true. Apparently, the people really believe that to be true, as there sure was a crowd of people lining up to turn the ring.

The day we were in Nuremburg they were having a Market day in the square, where they were selling all kinds of things, including some yummy looking food. Peggy and Fawn were eying those huge pretzels with the idea that they might make a great lunch.

This is The Frauenkirche, a Gothic church built between 1350-58, that sits in the middle of the Market Square.

Each day at noon, figures come marching out, that are said to be seven electoral princes, and these figures march around another figure (Charles IV) three times to chimed music. We were fortunate enough to be there at just the right time to watch this spectacle.

Peggy , Fawn, and Liz standing in the doorway of The Frauenkirche.

A view of the Market Square from across the street.

A closer view of St. Sebaldus Church.

Fawn on a Nuremburg, cobblestoned, street.

An ornate building in Nuremburg.

I liked the clock painted on the face of the building. These clocks appeared to work, as they did seem to have a shadow covering a number that coordinated with the correct time of day.

Another sculpture on the corner of a building.

The Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle) in Nuremburg.

That's me at the entrance to the Kaiserburg.

Peggy and Liz taking pictures in the courtyard of the Kaiserburg.

The gate we entered through.

More views of the Kaiserburg.

Mary, Fawn, and Liz by the door that leads into the Kaiserburg courtyard.

More views of the Kaiserburg courtyard.

The central tower of the Kaiserburg.

Liz, Mary, and Fawn in the Kaiserburg courtyard.

A view of the city of Nuremburg from the Kaiserburg.

This building is just outside the Kaiserburg. I liked all of those interesting dormers on it's roof.

That's Peggy pointing out our location on this relief map of Nuremburg.

The next day we took a drive along the Romantic Road in Germany, so I'll post some of those pictures tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Our Home In Morlesau, Germany (post #3 of Germany)

We spent our first four nights in the darling little village of
Morlesau, Germany. This little village was very old and didn't
have any shops; just homes, farms, and one restaurant.

We stayed in this old school, built in 1822, and used by the children of Morlesau until 1959.
It's now converted into a home.

This is a picture of it from the back. That's Peggy, Fawn, Liz, and our
faithful Audi rental by the yellow school house.

The interior of the house was a bit inconvenient, to put it mildly. Both of the bathrooms
were on the main level, while the bedrooms and living area were on the upper levels.
Peggy didn't look quite this chipper once she drug her luggage up....

She stayed on the top level of our little school house, which was four flights of
stairs UP from the entry!

This is the view of the village from our place.

These beautiful flowers are just a sampling of the gorgeous landscape
that was the village of Morlesau.

I took this picture because of that rooster you see perched upon the
roof of this home. We saw a lot of those roosters on not only homes and
buildings, but on many churches.
Liz says it has something to do with the cock crowing three times
before Peter denied Christ.
We're not sure if that's the reason for their placement on so many of
their buildings, but they do look cute.

This is one of several ancient barns in Morlesau.

This barn was next door to our house and if you get close, you'll notice
that it's well ventilated.

There's a cute little church in the middle of the village with
this interesting graveyard.
Each plot is a bordered garden.

Peggy by a particularly well maintained garden/plot.

About 4-5 kilometers from Morlesau was the small town of Hammelburg.
This town was obviously where the residents of Morlesau had to go to
do any kind of shopping.

It was a very pretty town, too, illustrated by this building with the gorgeous flowers
flowing from every window.

I loved this little sign on the side of a building, directing the public
to a "water closet" around the corner.

This is another common sight....clocks painted on the face or . . . .

. . . side of buildings.

I took a picture of this coffee shop because of the cute. . .

. . . . coffee beans sitting in the windows.

A pretty hotel in Hammelburg.

In my next post, I plan to revisit Nuremburg, Germany.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Marienburg Fortress in Wurzburg, Germany (post #2 of Germany)

After touring the Residence, or Palace, in Wurzburg, we drove up the hill to tour
the Marienburg Fortress.
The Celts began to fortify this area 1000 years before Christ and at the turn of the
13th century, the bishop princes began to extend the fortification.

That's Peggy standing at the entrance to the courtyard of the Fortress.

A view of the tower from inside the courtyard

Another shot of Peggy at the entrance to the courtyard

This is a building that housed a well. They had the well lit and
the other ladies got some great shots of how deep it was, but
my little camera's efforts came out black.

Liz and I within the courtyard, with the ancient chapel in the background

This is a view of Wurzburg from the Fortress

Another view of Wurzburg and the Main River from the Fortress

A view from the Fortress of the vineyards that climbed the hill up to the Fortress.
That prominent tan building is the St. Burkard Church

This is the Prince's Garden at one end of the Fortress

I think tomorrow I'll show you where we spent our first 4 days in
the little village of Morlesau and a nearby town called Hammelburg
where we did our grocery shopping.