"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


Watch out Heidelberg! Here come the Relatives

The day before Christmas, more of the family arrived in Heidelberg. Grandma was joined by Grandpa, Uncle T, and Aunt A. After much searching, I located an apartment in the Altstadt for us to spend the holidays in together. It took the better part of one day for Grandma and I to prepare for their arrival. As the grocery stores were shut down for the better part of December 25th-27th, it was a bit of a challenge to get all the groceries we needed for those days, carry them home, cram them along with our luggage into a taxi, carry everything up four flights of stairs, and unpack. I'm out of breath just thinking about it.

After celebrating Christmas on the 25th, we spent the next day seeing some of the sights around Heidelberg. Everything was still closed for the holidays, but we managed to find plenty of things to amuse ourselves with.

you can't 'do' heidelberg without posing by the bridge monkey

awww...the newlyweds pose on our trek up to the philosopher's way

a few less layers of clothes later...we arrive at the philosopher's way. were there really record low temps the week before?

afternoon snooze while walking around the neuenheim neighborhood

and she's awake and rearin' to go

playing down by the neckar river

you're never too old to ride on a serpent-shaped see-saw

on the balcony of the castle

hmmm...could that be an american tourist?

the gals

the clear disadvantage of the ergo carrier is that penelope's face rarely makes it into the photos unless i attempt poses such as this

little family and castle ruins

a tramp through the castle moat

grandma and granddaughter

view of heidelberg from the castle gardens

must be time to head home

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