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Day One in Germany - March 8, 2003

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We woke up on Saturday morning and went downstairs for breakfast--an awesome spread of breads, cereals, yogurt, several kinds of meat, and our favorite, cherry preserves. Neil went with a guy from the hotel to park the BMW in the hotel's garage, which, interestingly enough, is several blocks away.

We set out to explore the medieval town. First stop: St. Jakobskirche (St. Jakobs Lutheran Church), dedicated to St. Jakob, in English, the apostle James. Inside the church, built from 1311-1471, we discovered art works like carvings from the early 1500s and by the famous Würzburg sculptor Tilman Reimenschneider (for whom our hotel was named). German churches are apparently proud of their pipe organs, and Jakobskirche is no exception!

Outside the church, we continued through town to the North wall, where we were able to peer out of slots a few inches wide into the contryside, where no doubt hundreds of years ago people defended the town from invaders coming up the hill. We visited a less impressive St. Jakobs, St. Jakobs Franciscan Church, on our way toward the town square, where we shopped and stopped for lunch.

After lunch we went into the town hall and decided it was well worth 1 Euro to go to the top of the bell tower. Finally after climbing progressively narrower stairs and oming to a landing, we literally climbed up rickety wooden ladders through very small passageways barely two feet across to get to the top of the tower. Climbing one last ladder we stepped out into the windy sky for a breathtaling view of the town and surrounding countryside.

We walked along some more of the town's streets for some shopping, and of course, had to stop at a little cafe, Cafe Fremdenzimmer, for some pie, coffee, and the best hot chocolate Ginger has ever had. And of course, schneeballen. Schneeballen is pretty much unique to the town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a pastry that I can best describe as a pie crust, wadded up into a baseball-sized sphere and deep-fried. We got a chocolate covered one--you can also get powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, caramel, or any number of other varieties.

After a nap back at the hotel, we wandered around the town more in search for a restaurant with a menu in English. We happened upon an English speaking family, from Louisiana, who suggested a place called Kloster-Stüble. A great suggestion!