Monday, May 26, 2008

Rick's Roadshow: A little more Nuremberg, Germany

As it turns out I have a few last photos of Germany worth sharing. Sunday ended up being a travel day anyway, so not much exciting to report in the way of new travels within London. I did, however spend time shopping, which was very cathartic and exhilarating, despite the unfavourable exchange rate for Americans.

So here are some final photos of my last night in Nuremberg, Bavaria. We ate dinner at a wonderful German restaurant called Raubritter, located just off the main square, in a rathskeller/basement. As you can see from this top left photo, the stairway going down had all sorts of "authentic" looking decor. We made our way down the stone steps into the restaurant, which looked like it had been there for ages and ages. Much to our delight, no one in the place spoke English, so it turned out to be a fun evening. Looking around (and listening) there were virtually no tourists dining. Or perhaps I should say everyone was speaking German.

above: the restaurant had a cozy bar that was decorated with all sorts of German beer stuff.

above: Stone vaulted ceilings gave the restaurant an old world feel. Our table (not shown) was in a tiny cave-like corner, with no electricity, so the only light we had was from two candles. The low curved cave ceiling had soot all over it from years of burning candles at that table. It was really a cool place to dine. The food was delicious, although we didn't recognize any of the food that arrived. It was because we couldn't read the menu!
One last statue/fountain...

above: This fountain was so beautiful, with lots of detail. It's difficult to see it all but you can tell that there is quite a bit going on within it.
And just for a laugh...

above: I saw a shop in Nuremberg with hundreds of wigs, all on display in the window. There were two other large windows like this one, all with different wigs. It's not something you see often in the I just had to include it.
Tomorrow, I have a surprise for the loyal readers of this blog. I do hope you will stop by and check it out, as Rick's Roadshow continues once again from London!
-Rick Rockhill


Rhodester said...

Oooh! A surprise! I'm a loyal reader, so what do I get?

Thanks for all the cool photos.. it makes those of us who never get to Leave Palm Springs very happy.

You ARE dropping by the Hilton for dinner sometime after you're getting back, right? Make it a Wednesday or Thursday evening and ask for me, then the surprise will be mine.

Cheryl said...

I love the pic of the window of mannequins! That must have been quite the sight.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

"unfavourable"??? ha ha ha, i think rick, you have been in london too long mate, you are adding "u's" like the brits do!

i am really enjoying your trip!!!

smiles, bee

Desert Songbird said...

Not sure my hubby would appreciate dining in a restaurant where no one spoke English, but I think it would be a hoot! Well, in certain parts of the world, that is....

kenju said...

I'm looking out for the surprise!!

Olivia said...

Ooh, I like surprises!

For someone who doesn't speak a word of German, you have an excellent memory for the vocabulary.

whimsical brainpan said...

I love the wig shop picture. I can't believe that there were two more windows like it!

Naomi said...

I visited Nuremberg a few years ago Rick. I am part German so it was a great experience. Did you know that the Christmas market they host in the Wintertime is the largest in Europe? It's wonderful.


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