Germany Weekend and Other

It’s been a while so I’d thought I’d write an update post on recent happenings.

I gave up my jog tonight to do this post 🙂 The wine and dessert is tasting good, so don’t feel too bad!

On the 17th to 19th Nov, my sister and myself spent the weekend in Heidelberg. Nick and Fran were our hosts. Their hospitality was great and Heidelberg would rate up there as one of the nicest cities I’ve visited. The population in the city is 140 000, and it is set on a river surrounded by hills. It makes for a pleasant setting. Picture below is the river Neckar.

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Myself and Nick went for a ride up the hill/mountain you see in the background. Nearing the top is an amphitheater, referred to as the Thingstätte. Built in the 1930s, it was at one stage used for speeches by the Nazis, include, including Hitler.

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These days it is used most famously for the ‘Walpurgisnacht’ (30th April/1st May), to celebrate the start of spring. Thousands of people make their way up the mountain to pack out the Thingstaette, carrying food and drinks and other party tools. A great atmosphere exists, with camp fires, drums, basically a huge party.

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Photo above is from the hill, looking down towards the town. Pictured in the distance is the castle – one of the main tourist attractions. I didn’t actually visit it, because we have more important things to do, such as the Schnitzel restaurant…

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The menu is basically all Schntizels…not that there is anything wrong with that!! The food was great.

On Sunday Nick had to work, so Frances took us for drive. The Hockenheim race track is close to Heidelberg. It’s a great Formula 1 venue, as a grandstand ticket holder can see a large portion of the track. Once a week the track is opened to the public on an evening, and you can inline skate around it.

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After traveling the beautiful countryside, we ended up in Weinheim, a little town 15kms north of Heidelberg.

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Staying with Nick and Frances made for a very enjoyable weekend, in a great part of the world.

About a month has passed since we returned from Germany. Last night it was Kirsty’s birthday, so we headed up to the Chiswick High Road for some burgers.

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Last week I went to the Delirious? concert in Hammersmith (walk for 30 mins east of our house). Excellent performers and a good night. That’s about all the news I have, so until next time!

This may be the last post before the new year, so merry xmas and all the best for next year!!

1 Comment »

  1. superyam said,

    December 25, 2006 @ 10:30 am

    And a very merry Christmas to you and a delirious New Year

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