Saturday, June 21, 2014

Eurocruise 20/05 Wursberg

We didn't have a local guide when we visited Wursberg. There was a bus to take the elderly and infirm into town, but we walked. It was a nice town, where things happened slowly. R found a department store and bought a couple of polos, as he was running short of shirts.



I peered at the tram on the bridge. Looks like route 3, no, route 5. Wait, both, route 3 and 5 go over this bridge near where we were moored.




The trams are just so on the wrong side of the road. At this point finally Europe driving on the wrong side of the road got to me, and I was almost too scared to cross the road. I just could not work out which way traffic was going to come.




This is not a tram on the tracks.



We decided to catch the tram back to the boat. As I said earlier, I saw the route 3 and route 5 pass over the bridge where we were moored. A check on a map confirmed this and the single trip tickets were easy to buy from the machine. I politely asked the women who was standing in front of the ticket machine with her stroller to get out of the way while I bought us tram tickets.


And once on the tram, she politely asked us to get out of the way of where the people with strollers stand. The tram travelled quite slowly as the streets were narrow and busy. Amusingly, the automatic stop announcements had been recorded using children's voices.


We travelled one stop further than we needed to to walk back across the bridge and get a good photo of the boat.



Occasionally in Australia we see a con trail from planes, but they are everywhere in Europe and England.


Quite often we saw children being towed behind bikes.


Today's choice was Rothenburg (no idea) and a Christmas museum or the Wurzburg Residence, which we chose. It was built for prince-bishops of the Schonborn family in the often seen in Europe baroque style.


It was a stunning palace. Interior photography was not allowed. Most of the building has been restored after being bombed during the war. This photo, which may or may not be by http://hillspage.homestead.com shows the mirror room. Go to this this link to see some more of the interior.


After the palace tour, we spend some time wandering in the gardens.




We were just a bit too early for the roses.



We met back at the entrance and were taken down in to wine cellar for some tasting.


Our local guide is on the right. He was not the most masculine of men (code) and good fun too.


This was a different sort of lock where the river split into two branches


The local youf on the riverbank enjoying the sunshine. There was a lot of public drinking that warm afternoon, but no bother. People never seemed to drink to excess.




A trio called Pitchwork entertained us that evening.


18 comments:

  1. Love that castle at the top of the hill in the two pics, and I also love how the tram on the tracks goes right through the city. How cool. And those gardens are amazing - especially those uniquely shaped trees. Have a good weekend Andrew.

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    1. Keith, I am not a great fan of plants being tortured into shapes, but the garden certainly required formality. Thanks.

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  2. It looks wonderful. Love the castle, the trams, the river...
    We see con trails here most days. I wonder whether humidity comes into the equation?

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    1. EC, I suppose it is like any condensation, warm moist air and a cold temperature.

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  3. Andrew, definitely you love means of transport and you are very good at it. I love your description of trams they are lovely. The palace is great and the gardens, too. Now in Europe is very popular towing children behind the bikes so comfortable for parents 21st century.

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    1. Gosia, while I knew Europe has trams, I was surprised to see them in smaller towns. The palace was quite beautiful.

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  4. From memory we went to Rothenburg, a medieval walled city(?), which involved a bus trip. Climbing up the wall and wandering through it peaking out of the holes at an imaginary advancing enemy was a bit of fun and left me puffing in the heat. The Christmas shop was in full swing for we tourists even though it was only August/September.

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    1. Victor, I think I am pleased we chose the palace tour.

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  5. Thank you again for another dose of beauty. Except for that mirror room, that's just awful. Way overdecorated.
    The conical trees in that park remind me of the umbrella lollipops we had as kids. Remember those?

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    1. Pleased you are enjoying my trip River. I am enjoying reliving it and the reminders of what we did as I post. More firmly planted in the memory. As photography is not allowed there, that was the only photo I could find online and it does not really represent the room well. Yes, it was over the top, but somewhat nice than in the photo.

      I do not remember those lollipops. Is an age difference apparent? :-P

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  6. Wurzburg Residence is utterly fantastic. I must get you to bring your slides to show the students, next time we study German Baroque architecture :)

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    1. Hels, I left out the really significant details about the engineering excellence of the original building. That is a roof that had never been constructed before, and withstood bombing. The servants' passages between the rooms, especially the ante room where they would pick up conversations and relay them to (prince bishop?) before a meeting.

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  7. Hello Andrew:

    It is such fun, as well as being interesting, to follow you tour in this way. It all seems to have been very well organized at every 'port of call' but leaving you enough time, and always the option, to do your own thing. You certainly seem to have visited some very attractive towns and cities and to have had fun with your guides, particularly those who you describe as 'not the most masculine of men'!!

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    1. JayLa, pleased you find our cruise interesting. It was very good. As for fun with the guides, yes up to a point. I have heard that there is an age where women become invisible. The age where we become invisible may be slightly older, but probably much younger. R is a font of English sayings, and his that a cat can look at a queen is most appropriate.

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  8. That's very cute about using children's voices for the stop announcements.

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    1. I thought so Dina. In ten years time when the whole trip is a blur, I will remember the children's voices.

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  9. CONTRAILS *puts on tin foil hat*

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    1. Fen, I think it is only Americans who think they are being sprayed with truth syrum from con trails.

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