Greetings from cloudy Tübingen! This distracted blogger (I have good excuses, I promise) comes bearing updates. Hopefully the following updates lead also to stories about these places very much worth visiting.
My girlfriend, Hannah, almost found herself stuck in Toronto en route to Frankfurt mid-December. The early signs of the oncoming blizzard delayed her departure from Syracuse, where she’s studying, by a couple hours. If it weren’t for a delay at the Toronto airport, she wouldn’t have made the connecting flight (she barely did). Even though she made it, however, her luggage took the next flight to Germany.
We took full advantage of our time together and traveled as much of Germany as time and finances allowed. Below is our itinerary (which is not exhaustive)
December 16: Frankfurt am Main
December 17-18: Tübingen
December 19: Stuttgart (where we saw the premiere of Richard Ayres’s new opera Peter Pan)
December 21: Ulm and Wiblingen Monastery
December 22: Esslingen (Medieval Christmas Market)
December 27: Hohenzollern (Prussian family castle outside of Hechingen)
December 30: Heidelberg
January 2: Worms (Europe’s oldest Jewish cemetery, major center of events during the Reformation), Bacharach (slept in castle Burg Stahleck for the night)
January 3: Koblenz (Deutsches Eck, the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel)
Jauary 6: Rottenburg am Neckar (the easternmost city of the former Austrian empire (now part of Germany), center of Catholicism in this region of Germany)