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Monday, September 19, 2005
  I had to find some sun!



I made the decision Sunday morning that I’d had enough of this dreary Ulm weather. It had been either cloudy or cloudy and raining for at least a week and I was tired of it. After flipping channels for a while I came across a German channel with a weather map on it and could see that I needed to go north.

I headed downstairs for a cup of coffee and some advice from my new friend Klaus. Klaus works the desk at the hotel. I asked Klaus what was good to see to the north. Klaus suggested Rottenburg ob der Tauber. He's a pretty smart guy and seems to know this place pretty well. I took his advise.



Rottenburg ob der Tauber, or Rottenburg on the Tauber, the Tauber being a river, is a walled medieval city about 140 kilometers away from Ulm. I set the GPS on the Opel for Rottenburg ob der Tauber and it took me right to the main gate of the city! Pretty cool technology that GPS. Tells me when there’s stopped traffic ahead of me and can calculate a route around it if it needs too! She does nag a bit though…a bit would be an understatement…my favorite is…”if possible, please make a u-turn”! Anyway…

This really is some beautiful country over here. The German countryside is really something to see. They don’t do much urban sprawl here. You find mostly farmland and forest outside the cities, at least in the south of Germany anyway. Pretty incredible, really. On the road for about a half hour and I find sunshine! An hour later, I’m parked and heading to Rottenburg.


















I think it might be safe to call Rottenburg ob der Tauber, Christmas town! Here it is the middle of September and there are stores full of Christmas stuff! One of them, Wohlfahrts, is three stories tall! No pictures allowed, but I have a link! Open pretty much all year long and 3 stories worth of Christmas decorations. Some of the most incredible stuff I’ve ever seen! That was only the most impressive Christmas store, there were plenty of others.










It’s actually the first tourist trap I’ve run across here. I mean, every place I went to had menus in at least 3 languages. The museums I went into had placards in English and German and sometimes Kanji. You don’t find that kind of thing here in Ulm and I didn’t find it in Munich either. I also met and heard a ton of Americans there. I’ve been here in Ulm for 6 weeks and I’ve run into about 6 Americans not counting the 6 of us that are here. The only other place I ran into as many Americans was on the base in Stuttgart!

It’s still pretty cool. It amazes me how much really old stuff is still standing in this country, considering what happened here about 60 years ago.
 
Comments:
Tried to link to the site, Wohlfahrts.com, but this dinosour MAC failed. Pretty pics. :) dee
 
Very nice Christmas village. Got to the web site with no problems this time. dee
 
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