"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


Liz and Joe and the Volcano

Last week our friends Liz and Joe came to visit us for a few days in Heidelberg. They, like us, are spending the year living in Europe--Oxford, England to be exact--so we had lots to talk about concerning life abroad. They happened to get one of the last flights out of England before the whole volcanic ash fiasco. So their long weekend in Heidelberg turned into a 11 day adventure which involved them not only staying a few days longer in Heidelberg but also coming along with us on our previously planned trip to Cologne and Amsterdam and then taking an overnight ferry from there to England. Even though they didn't have to sleep on cots in the airport like other stranded travellers, they did have to stay in our tiny one room apartment and put up with travelling with Penelope.  

Here are a few highlights from our week with Liz and Joe in Heidelberg...

                             picnic in the park along the neckar

And from our daytrip to Strasbourg:

the cathedral

street scenes

ill river in the petite france area

Back in Heidelberg...

liz tries sauerkraut juice

                                        penelope contemplates and decides against it

a walk along the neckar

Boat ride down the Neckar...

the old bridge

old gate and castle in the background

going under the bridge

bird spotting with joe

Coming up next: Our trip to Cologne and Amsterdam

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