"One day it occurred to me that it had been many years since the world had been afforded the spectacle of a man adventurous enough to undertake a journey through Germany on foot. After much thought, I decided that I was a person fitted to furnish to mankind this spectacle. So I determined to do it. This was in March, 1878." Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad


Jewish Cemetary

A few weeks ago we took a day trip to Worms (pronounced "Vuhrms"). Our favorite sight was this Jewish cemetary tucked into the edge of the old town.

A few minutes after we walked through the gate this black cat crossed our path--no joke!

It is thought to be the oldest Jewish cemetary in all of Europe. The oldest legible tombstone is dated 1076!

Don't think that I'm unusually morbid and frequently stroll through cemetaries or anything, but this place was one of the coolest places I've visited. It was both beautiful and eerie. The view of the old sunken, twisted tombstones set off by the colorful fall leaves was breathtaking.

It really seemed like we were walking onto a set straight out of a scary movie.

If you look closely, you can see the Hebrew words chiseled onto the headstone.

Evidently this isn't the Volcan Salute of Star Trek, but an ancient Hebrew priestly blessing.

The aspiring scholar next to the graves of two famous Jewish scholars.

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