Tim calls the house a cottage; I call it a shoebox. The past month has forced us to exercise areas of our brain that have laid dormant for several years. Back in October, when we first looked at the house, … Continue reading
It’s been a mad dash to the finish line—Lufthansa flight #8831 — for me. Memories of our weekend trip to Italy are nothing more than broken seashells at the bottom of my new suede purse. On Sunday evening, Tim and … Continue reading
I love, love, love Italy! Compared to our dear Deutschland, Italy is simply peaceful. Even in the most touristy of towns, when the wine flows freely, time seems to stand still. But this last trip south, I was on a … Continue reading
Germany is a land organized around the seasons. We begin the year in deep winter—full of grey skies, snow and dead fields. But along with it comes Easter….a holy day that break the bounds of dreariness and allows for full … Continue reading
As we say in the Rietkerk house, “We haven’t met a red wine we don’t like.” But, you can’t be considered a true wine aficionado until you have been properly educated. As part of the Hohenfels Wine Club, my goal … Continue reading
Soccer season is over and we found ourselves with a “free” Saturday. Not ones to sit idly at home for the whole day, we packed a picnic lunch and headed north in the Volvo in search of the Romantic Road. A favorite road trip of many tourists, the Roman Road was a trade route during the Middle Ages and begins in Wurzburg and travels south until reaching the most famous of fairy-tale castles: Neuschwanstein. We started the morning with a stroll along the cobblestone streets of Wurzburg, taking our sweet time on the city bridge which is lined with wine shops. Of course, would couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy a single glass of wine and continue walking slowly along the bridge as we looked at statues of saints and the Marienburg Fortress across the river.
Following our visit to Wurzburg, we drove a little under an hour to Rothenburg for a walk around the city walls and a bite of dinner. We found cafe tables outside at our favorite Italian restaurant and I enjoyed a Radler (a drink of 1/2 lemonade and 1/2 beer) and tortellini al forno. at 8pm, the girls and I joined the night watchman tour which meets at the Market Sqaure and the boys found a cafe to watch the Euro Cup game. With the summer season in full swing, we enjoyed a late sunset and delightful information from our trusty watchman. This tour is a highlight of a visit to Rothenburg.