Saturday 23 August 2014

Germany, part one: Rothenburg ob der Tauber

This morning I woke up the best way possible: with the Corgi by my side and a blog post forming in my head. Oh, how I missed those simple pleasures! Lily spent the last two weeks outside with the big dogs, and it looks like she had a great vacation as well - she wasn't upset in the least that we left her for that time, but looked happy and healthy. Our reunion was just beautiful, she was ecstatic - but nothing compared to how I felt. #crazydogmom

Being happy to be home is one of the best things about being away, don't you think?
In my instance, that wasn't always the case. I remember vividly how I was sitting in the backseat of my friend's parent's car, aged 10, sobbing bitter tears because we had to return home. (I had my first major crush on my friend's 14-year old cousin and couldn't bear the thought of never seeing him again. I shouldn't have worried, since I did see him again a few months later - but our romance was not to be. I was devastated.)
Seven years later, there was another vacation, this time to the south of France with the entire school class, and once again I didn't want to leave. (Yes, there was another boy involved. This time with a happier ending: We dated for over 2 years and had a very happy relationship. I still think of him fondly.)

The conclusion to draw from this is simple: Take your man with you! Which is what I did, and what made going home such a joyful experience. 

But before I get stuck waxing poetic about the joys of home, let's take a look at the vacation, shall we? I took quite a few pictures, and decided to split the recap into three parts. There will be a post dedicated to the party part of the trip (so fun!), one more about the family part, and today's: Rothenburg ob der Tauber. 

Trips home can be exhausting. It may sound weird, but I'm not the best at "visiting". Sitting together for hours on end, day after day, telling similar stories to different people, is exhausting to me. Add to that some old problems that may resurface, and it can be downright stressful. To avoid this, we had decided to take a couple of days just for us, and did a little detour to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

The city is world-famous and attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists a year. I used to go there as a child with my family, and decided way back then that I would one day return with my future husband. This dream became reality, and we had a wonderful time!

That first night when we arrived, we strolled around amongst the other tourists, and settled down at the market square for a few glasses of wine. The night was warm and the air soft, and it felt like we were somewhere in Italy, not Germany. It was so romantic!

You can do nightly tours with the night watchman. We were tempted, but decided against it. The wine was too good.
 Those German bakeries are amazing. It's bread and pastry heaven!
 Ditto for the butcher shops. If you love sausages, you have to go there.
Rothenburg still has a city wall around the old part of the town. You can walk along parts of it, which is what I did. Great views of the town and people's back yards! ;-)

That's it for part one! I tried to narrow the photos down, and this is as narrow as I could do it. That city is just so beautiful! Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3!

xo Miriam

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  1. What great pictures Miriam! It sounds and looks like you had a great time!!

  2. Wow what an awesome trip! When I was in Hannover, my friend and I walked around and I remember thinking the same thing - it feels like I'm in part of Italy or something! We didn't stop for wine, but the lighting was oh so romantic and felt like it was out of a storybook. I seriously love the German architecture though. Is it called Goethehaus - that Snow-White like style with the wooden planks crossing the white background? I could admire it for hours and seriously want to have it on my house when I'm out of uni!

    By the way (if I haven't told you this before) I think you're an amazing photographer. You did such a great job of capturing the town and some of the neat things you got to see - I personally love the cafe front and the wine glasses (natural wine-o here). Also, the first picture of you is just beautiful :)

    Can't wait for parts 2 and 3! Have a great weekend, Miriam!
    ~ Samantha

  3. That city wall is really cool! Jordan makes the same selfie face :) Sounds like a good time. I love the way all the houses look. Very cool!

  4. You're back! You're back!! I'm so glad. These pictures are awesome. It looks like you had a great time (based on part 1, hoping that stays true for subsequent parts). I was wondering how Lily spent her time when you guys were gone. I'm so glad to hear that she had fun too. But I bet she is glad you're back!

    I'm looking forward to more pictures and stories of adventures.


  5. Haha Poor Richard and selfie hate! Your pictures are great! Everything is so beautiful!


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