|St. Lorenz Church|
Jeff had the day off last Thursday, and we decided to go do something fun. I asked a friend to take Amelia home with her when she picked up her daughter from kindergarten, so that gave us a really nice chunk of time to take a day trip to Nuremburg. We were prepared for miserable weather, but, although very cold in the morning, it ended up being absolutely gorgeous!
The old town center was getting set up for their famous Christmas markets, and it was all so festive. I love Christmas here– not a blow-up snowman in sight! Just old-fashioned, pretty decorations.
|We had some ornaments like these when I was a kid. I wonder if they were gifts from German friends…|
|Heilig-Geist-Spital. According to Wikipedia: In the centre of the city, on the bank of the river Pegnitz, stands the Hospital of the Holy Spirit. Founded in 1332, this is one of the largest hospitals of the Middle Ages. Lepers were kept here at some distance from the other patients. It now houses elderly persons and a restaurant.|
We spent most of the day walking all over the old city, just exploring. I loved seeing all of these fancy windows. I wish I could go inside of these buildings and see what they chose to do with the little niche on the interior.
Similar to Amberg, the old city as a big fortified wall surrounding it, and the main towers are up on a hill.
|The Imperial Castle|
Of course, there was so much beautiful and interesting architecture that I could just show you pages and pages of photos… But this will do.
And what date is complete without a meal? I won’t go into detail here about how I almost cried when I realized that there were some Spanish restaurants here, and that I could actually have some of my favorite food of all time, how I relished the thought all day, how we picked a tapas place, and then how absolutely inedible all of the microwave-cooked food was, and how we (for the the first time, ever!) actually sent back all of the food and just paid for our drinks. I won’t. But I did enjoy good cup of coffee elsewhere.
|This is me, still dreaming of an amazing Spanish meal. See the optimism in my eyes? So tragic.|
Next, we stopped into a really sweet and pretty chocolate shop. We each tried a tiny truffle, and then I bought a giant French truffle for the friend that was watching Amelia.
But it was only a 45 minute drive, so we decided to come back soon. Very soon.