Before we hit the stores we stopped at Strohauers, sat outside and watched the shoppers passing by and had a beer. With an amber nectar to fortify our nerves we pressed into the stores.
SHOPPING!!!! OH THE PAIN!!!!Shop, shop, try on, try on, take back, shop, try on, keep that, that and that, take back, try on, shop, keep that, that’s cute, try on, keep that, etc., etc., etc. In order to minimize the pain to us and to you, there are no visual images of the shopping portion of our day
There’s our destination high above the city, Heidelberg Castle. Heidelberg Castle is quite a hodge-podge of building designs. The oldest section of the castle dates back to 1214. Eighty years later it was expanded to two separate castles. Over its history it has been damaged by war, fire and twice, heavily by lightning. There were initiatives to completely restore the castle in the late 19th century but eventually, due to cost and public outcry, those restoration plans changed to preserving the castle in its present state.
Images of the castle; the various building styles and eras are quite obvious.
The Heidelberg Castle Powder Turret blown apart in an explosion.
In one of the lookout points over Heidelberg and the Neckar River.
Inside the castle; here’s a BAB, Big Ass Barrel.
WHOA!! Now there’s a RRBAB, Really, Really, Big Ass Barrel. That’s me up on top.
OK, the day is done. Forty-five minute drive west, straight across the Rhein valley, up onto the Pfalzwald and we're home. Shopping really wasn't that bad, Jeff's just a wimp. Heidelberg Castle square filled. It was a good day. PROST!!!