Published: July 16th 2006July 16th 2006
Rhein tour busride
Leist on the bus - look out the window at all that greenery
When I rest, I rust. - A German Proverb.
If I haven't come home in August and you can't find me in Venice, its because I'm wandering through Germany. We weren't planning on going to Germany originally, but we were so glad that we did. It was the last 3 days of the World Cup and even though there were no games in Frankfurt while we were there, the WC fever definitely was. I even got to practice my German. I'm very rusty, but I could understand enough. Basically everyone spoke English anyway.
We got into Frankfurt pretty late on Thursday, got some food and went to bed. Friday we did a boat tour down the Rhein River. We had to ride on a bus for about an hour and got to see a lot of the countryside. Its wine country and there are lots of vineyards. We were on the boat for about an hour or so. There were small towns and quite a few castles all along the river. Jennifer and I have decided that we are going to move into castles in Germany. There are so many to pick from and we only saw a few.
One of the small towns along the Rhein
Everyone should come visit us. They all look quite roomy.
We got of the boat in Assmanhausen, Germany and had dinner at some restaurant that the tour guide, George, took us to. We didn't really have anytime to check out the town but it looked pretty small and didn't look like there was much going on. On the busride back to Frankfurt we played school with a 5 year old named Grace Kelly, I kid you not. She was adopted from China and lives in Canada with her mom. She gave us Canada stickers and was one of the most outgoing, happy, smart 5 year olds I've ever seen. She kept us pretty entertained for the hour busride back. We walked around for a little while once we got back into Frankfurt and went to bed.
Saturday morning we had another tour, this time to Heidelburg. Our tourguide, Inga, was kind of mean and weird, but whatever. The first stop was Heidelburg Castle. The castle is built up on hill and so there is a great view of the town down below. One of the kings that lived there was apparently a raging alcoholic. He didn't like how
Home Sweet Home
One of the places we are considering for our new castle
long it took to bring up wine from the wine cellar so he had a GIANT wine barrel built. It holds something like 220,000 gallons if I remember correctly. There is even a small dance floor on the top. I think that guy might have had some issues. There was a wedding reception or something like that going on while we were there. We saw the bride and groom taking pictures under an arch that one of the king's gave to his wife for her 19th birthday.
We went down to the town and walked around for a while. It started raining so it made things kind of difficult but it wasn't too bad. We went back to Frankfurt and took a short nap to make sure we had enough energy for the Germany-Portugal game! We had dinner sitting outside at one of the cafes in the Roemerplatz. It was bombed during World War II and some of the buildings in that plaza were demolished and some are still standing today. While we were eating some kind of drunk German dude started talking to us. He was pretty obsessed with Huntsville, Texas and the death penalty. He and his
friends were pretty entertaining, but it started raining so we had to move inside. They came inside too and every once in a while would walk by and say something that didn't quite make sense, but whatever - we laughed.
After dinner we walked to the Mainz River where they were showing the Germany-Portugal game for the losers bracket of the WC. The German fans were out in full force. There was a giant screen TV set up in the middle of the river and there were screens on both sides so they could have people on both sides of the river to watch. There were so many people out there watching. At the half, while Jennifer and I were enjoying a sausage and pretzel we signed some German dude's back who was out for his bachelor party at the game. All the German people we met were so friendly. I love it.
Germany won the game 3-1 and the fans went crazy. I love being in Europe during the World Cup. Along the river they had booths set up selling random stuff, food, drink etc. We rode the ferris wheel and walked along the river and then
The Birthday Arch
back to our hostel. I woke up at 3am and there were still people honking their horns for the Germany win. The next day, between getting checked out and catching the bus for the 2-hour drive to the Ryanair airport we didn't have a whole lot of time. We just walked down to the Old Opera house, Goethe Plaza, by St. Paul's Kirsche, back to the Roemer, and then to the Dom. We had to grab some food and haul our luggage to the bus stop. The rest of the day and a large part of the night was spent getting to Barcelona.
We've been in Barcelona for a week now, so obviously I'm pretty far behind but we've been busy girls. But you know how the German proverb goes - If I rest, I rust.
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