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Enough with the Posts Already

Kay and I are sitting on the train waiting to depart from Dijon for Lyon where our trip began. Ann and Mark are currently in the States so we won’t be seeing them unfortunately. Yesterday we left Meersburg and the … Continue reading

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Even Older Stuff

Modern Humans (Homo Sapiens) reached Europe from Africa about 40,000 years ago. They quickly replaced the other hominids – Neanderthal, Homo Heidelbergensis – already living here. A few years ago Kay and I had our DNA tested as part of … Continue reading

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Life in the 13th Century

As luck would have we stumbled on the the last evening of a medieval festival in Meersburg, a sort of German version of the Renaissance Faire, when we arrived here yesterday. Many people were dressed in period clothing. There was … Continue reading

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Kay’s Ancestors and the Bodensee

Yesterday morning we drove south about 30 minutes to the village of Ofterdingen. As you may remember from a previous post one of Kay’s ancestors, one Johann Georg Röcker, moved from here to Adelshofen sometime between his birth in 1759 … Continue reading

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On the Road Again

Last night Gaby made a delicious beef tagine in the Moroccan style. She’s such a great cook. Really nailed the spices. Today we bid farewell to the Birouk family and hit the road south. About 30 minutes drive found us … Continue reading

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Adelfshofen and the Röcker Clan

Yesterday we grabbed a rental car in Heidelberg and drove east and south up the picturesque Neckar river into the German countryside. The hills were heavily wooded with spruce and hardwood. The drive was placid along the beautiful Neckar. We … Continue reading

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Of Brauhauses and Castles

One of my top things to do in Germany was to visit a real German brauhaus (brewpub) and try a local brew. Last night we did just that at Vitter’s Alt Heidelberger Brauhaus. The seasonal on tap was a wonderful … Continue reading

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A Bit of a Shock

I’m not really sure what I expected from Heidelberg but my initial impression was of crass tourism. We found our way to the Hotel Goldener Falke in the old town and, as expect, our room wasn’t quite ready so we … Continue reading

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Au Revoir Paris

Yesterday was our last full day in Paris and, though fairly leisurely, we packed a lot in. After a relaxing breakfast and conversation with Jean-Luc we hit the street. Our mission was to gather provisions for a picnic lunch. First … Continue reading

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The City of Light

Thursday night we dined at L’Aller Retour near our B&B, a narrow, noisy, bustling cacophony with great simple food and drink. We felt we were getting the real Marais experience. Mostly local young folks, tattooed waitress and a bartender who … Continue reading

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