July 4, 2014
The room darkening shades were very effective. Wondering why we couldn’t relax any longer, we looked at the time – 8:30! What a restful night in a lovely hotel. As we ventured to the breakfast room, we were again taken with the little details in the hotel – its sheer loveliness – for E 100.00 including breakfast. We lingered over coffee, talked, and then in an unhurried manner, prepared for our more detailed tour of Nuremburg.
Having gotten the lay of the land last evening, we were very comfortable expanding our walking tour and checking out historic sites. We found an interesting tour of a cellar that sheltered Nuremburg’s important works of art during the bombing of the city. While we waited for the appointed time we found yet another restaurant nearby in the historic area established in 1826. Not requiring a heavy meal, we ordered from the vegetarian lunch menu. What came was mouth watering ‘noodles and cheese’, salad and potato pancakes. Sigh…comfort food at lunch too!
With stomachs soothed, we went to connect with our tour – alas the guide didn’t show up. With so many things to see and do, we were untroubled. We strolled through antique shops, selecting an artist’s depiction of the area where we had just eaten lunch – it was a great keepsake.
We decided to shop for some small gifts and simply take in the city. Before long, we happened upon the Friday open market area – perfect for a bright sunny afternoon – people selecting their flower bouquets, fruits, and cheese for the coming days. As an avid shoe shopper, I spied Birkenstock in the distance and felt fuzzy with excitement. Would I find my special ‘take home shoes’ today? I did! I found a pair of black patent fine German design. My beloved laughingly calls them ‘winter sandals’ as very often I will wear sandals all winter. I was thrilled.
Emboldened to tackle the rest of the shopping we trudged on in the punishing 30 degree heat. Staedtler was on my list – as an office supply junkie – its like the mothership to me. I made some selections, ooo-d and awwww’d over others and moved along. My beloved was feeling the heat and so we rested while I tackled Muller (a German department store) – a couple more gifts and keep moving.
We were also thinking the Germany-France soccer game was about to begin and we needed some serious air conditioning (scarce here). Starbucks is so reliable on all fronts. WIFI, Toilet, Large Coffee, and Comfortable. We hung out to cool down and just ‘be’. After about an hour and a half, we had the energy to tram it back to the recently discovered grocery store and bought our desired picnic food for tonight’s game in our lovely room at Hotel Klughardt. We also bought a couple more goodies for loved ones.
Even though we didn’t tour museums, we felt we maximized our experiences in this incredible city. From rubble to regal, the Nuremburgers have risen from tragedy of the war to restore their medieval city to greatness. We loved our time in Nuremburg but most especially at Hotel Klughardt with the gracious Elizabeth. As we departed she said – ‘always remain happy. Auf Weidersehn’
Indeed Elizabeth – we would love to see you again!