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Published: June 24th 2009
Amy’s started to come back to life a little. Today she had a mid-day massage in the close-by spa town with both hot and cold stones. We’re hoping this chases the last of the germs away. While Amy relaxed, Brian, Peggie, and Jerry walked around Bad Durkheim. After Amy was finished, Karin picked us all up and we drove to the historic town of Speyer. The town was the home of German Emperors with some of the earliest architecture dating to the 1200s. Karin, Brian, Peggie and Jerry walked around the town, while Amy stayed at a café both to rest and to do work . You know she’s feeling better when the computer and phone come out! She got to talk to a lot of the gang - John, Greg, Barb, Christine and Ron so she got here fix. After a short walk, we explored the Speyer Cathedral (Dom de Speyer). It is one of the oldest cathedrals in Germany and houses a crypt where many German kings and bishops were laid to rest. Brian took some pictures (a little dim) so Amy could see what she missed. The Domnapf (Cathedrals’ cup) sits in the plaza in front of the
entry and in days prior, marked the boundary between the Episcopal and municipal territories. It’s a huge stone bowl with a capacity of 1580 liters. It was most likely built around 1294. Each new bishop, on his election, had to fill the bowl with wine and the townsfolk and the burghers would empty it to his health. The cup is still filled with wine when a new bishop starts in Speyer. During our visit, the bowl was empty except for one small item (see pictures). The plan was to go on a little boat trip but the weather turned cold and damp so we decided to head back. On the way to Aunt Eva’s, we made a quick detour to a small shopping mall area and a quick undercover run through the McDonalds drive in for Peggie to try some french fries (pricey!!). Karin was embarrassed to be seen in the McDonald’s drive through so we hurried away with our shameful purchase. We finished up the day with a quiet dinner at home of quiche and salad. As usually, everything is fresh and delicious. Why don’t we eat like this at home?!
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