BedroomsThen it started to really rain, so we headed on hoping for the weather to clear. 2009 is the 2000th anniversary of when the German tribesman, Arminius aka Hermann the German, defeated 3 Roman legions led by the Roman general Varus. An English military man stationed in
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The different standards of the Roman troops ------Me on the embankment defense line.
Walking with our Guide ------------------------The marsh ground that got the Romans!
Walking with our guide through the Forest. ---------- Roman coins found in the field
Monday – Another research day at Bielefeld Archives. Found that my ancestor with the house in Bockhorst, was born in Dissen and found records for him, his father and his father. Good day.
Tuesday – left for Würzburg today. I am going to do a little advance preparation for my September group. When we got there in the afternoon, found the town square to be really crowded, soon found out that the President of Bavaria and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel were there to give some political speeches. Couldn’t understand what they were talking about but the crowd seemed to like them. Kind of fun, like if you showed up somewhere and there was a U.S. President. Lots of security.
For the rest of the week we visited sites in Würzburg and surrounding area. We took a boat ride from Würzburg for about an hour to Veitshochheim, the summer residence castle for the Prince Bishops in days gone by. More beautiful gardens and of course another impressive building. These guys really lived it up.
Another day we toured the
The Residence Palace in Würzburg and Garden
We also WALKED up to the fortress which sits way, way, up the hill on the other side of the river. Fortress Marienberg (German: Festung Marienberg) is a prominent landmark on the Main river in Würzburg, Germany. The mighty Fortress Marienberg is the symbol of Würzburg and served as a home of the prince-bishops for nearly five centuries. It has been a fort since ancient times. After Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden conquered the area in 1631, the castle was reconstructed in the Baroque style. Today, it is a park and museum. It was worth the walk and they give English guided tours but also, for those of you going on the September tour, there is a bus that goes up there!
Last but not least, we visited Rothenburg ob der Tauber. A well known tourist city, but it is certainly well worth the visit. It is fantastic, a medieval walled city that is incredibly charming. You can wander the cobble stoned streets for hours, take a break from shopping at one of the numerous outside cafes, make sure to walk the wall and look out over the unspoiled countryside. They also have some museums worth a visit. It was a great day and all in all a wonderful trip. Can’t wait to go back and enjoy them all again.Rothenburg ob der Tauber
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