The air is getting crisp and a bit cooler here in Cincinnati. The leaves are beginning their brilliant color journey and gracing the grass with a smattering of fall splendor. We are burning pumpkin scented candles, cheering on our favorite football teams and googling the best ever chili recipes. Fall is here. —- REWIND….3 weeks ago we were in Europe, doing all things European! Kris and I took off for 15 days of adventure, romance, culture, food, and of course, photography.
We roamed and wandered through castle walls, sunbathed on rocks in the Mediterranean sea, picnicked beneath the Alps, made new friends on the long wooden plank tables at the bier gartens, and just enjoyed living in the moment. The trip was insane, we had so much fun seeing the world together.
After a 9 hour flight from Atlanta (shout out!) we arrived in Munich and navigated the train system to our destination, Rothenburg, Germany. Rothenburg is a tiny little medieval town situated 4 hours northwest of Munich. The town is rich in history which made it very fun to explore the city walls, roam the little streets, follow our noses to delicious cafes with salty pretzels and flaky pastries. Rothenburg smelled absolutely delicious. When walking about at night swirls of smoke lingered in the air full of roasty toasty sausage and cured meats. It was so cozy. There was a slight chill in the evening and the warm familiar wood smoke just added to the overall charm of the town.
Another thing that made Rothenburg feel so cozy was our amazing hotel. Hotel Spitzveg was not only as charming as you would ever think possible, but the inn keeper was the quintessential inn keeper that you always hoped to one day meet. I am blanking on his name, but the sweet man looked like ol’ St. Nick and he defined hospitality. We sat and drank hot, strong coffee while chatting about the town, photography, good food, and the innkeeper’s stint as a cake baker in culinary school in Bermuda.
To round out our stay, we went on the Night Watchman Tour. Now, I am not one for cheesy, organized, group tours, but this tour was really enjoyable and entertaining. We learned a lot about the city and why it had become such a popular tourist destination, and why it had been spared bombing during the war when so many other cities had not.
It was sad saying goodbye to our first city, but it was also exciting knowing that our next stop was Munich!