Nuremburg, Take 1

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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

Pomegranate Tree…      



 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.

Then it was time to head back through the city to our car. We wished we could have spent the night, there was so much more to see!

 But it was only a 45 minute drive, so we decided to come back soon. Very soon.

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4 Responses to Nuremburg, Take 1

  1. Miss Footloose November 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    You are clearly enjoying your new habitat! I love your pictures and the beautiful architecture.

    I’m Dutch but have lived abroad in developing countries and the US most of my adult life. When I grew up I never noticed old architecture much, or at least took it for granted. It wasn’t until I started reading blogs and looking at photos that I started seeing how interesting and beautiful old buildings can be.

    On one of my visits to my family in Holland I took my camera onto town, the small town of Sneek, and played tourist. I suddenly saw everything through new eyes. It was fabulous! 😉 If you want to see, you can check it out here:

    https://tinyurl.com/2fkuso6

    (EXPAT ADVENTURE: PLAYING TOURIST IN YOUR HOME TOWN)

    Happy blogging!

  2. ShackelMom November 18, 2010 at 12:50 am #

    As always these are wonderful pictures! I am so sorry about the doappointing dinner. Ack! I love it that you are seeing and enjoying so much!

  3. Anonymous November 18, 2010 at 4:36 am #

    What a lovely get away date! Except for the food.Great pictures! Love and prayers,Grandma

  4. Miss Footloose June 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    You are clearly enjoying your new habitat! I love your pictures and the beautiful architecture.

    I’m Dutch but have lived abroad in developing countries and the US most of my adult life. When I grew up I never noticed old architecture much, or at least took it for granted. It wasn’t until I started reading blogs and looking at photos that I started seeing how interesting and beautiful old buildings can be.

    On one of my visits to my family in Holland I took my camera onto town, the small town of Sneek, and played tourist. I suddenly saw everything through new eyes. It was fabulous! 😉 If you want to see, you can check it out here:

    https://tinyurl.com/2fkuso6

    (EXPAT ADVENTURE: PLAYING TOURIST IN YOUR HOME TOWN)

    Happy blogging!

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