The Intercontinental Hotel was our only reason for staying in Frankfurt. Before leaving we took a stroll over a local bridge and walked around. Then we were off for a two hour ride to Heidelberg. While it is not the most southern city in Germany, it is the warmest. So, it’s a place of destination. Foundered in 1368, Heidelberg University is the nation’s oldest and one of Europe’s most reputable universities.
We definitely had to visit the Student Jail. One of our pictures includes the text of reasons for getting arrested. As for the students, they considered it a badge of honor to spent time there. If you can’t be naughty, you ought to look as if you could. Maybe!
Then the entire cruise group enjoyed a meal at a local restaurant. We all ate the same thing. It was a pastry with pork and spinach. It was invented by monks who didn’t want God to see them cheating by eating meat on Lent. As for today, maybe the cooks were trying to fool the customers into believing there was meat in there. Still, it was good!
Countless castles were destroyed by the Sun King, Louis the 14th of France; the castle at Heidelberg was spared from total demolition. Why? The large keg of wine, of course! The king’s soldier didn’t have the heart to complete the job. We bet they had a fine time.
Now, you must know that there are two large wine barrels. See the one with Ellen standing in front of it. That was the puny one. The big one is so large that a dance floor was built on top of it. Why is this not the Mecca for wine lovers?
In a church below you’ll see a picture of one window. It has no religious content except for a quote from the Old Testament about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. If you read German you would understand the rest.
As explained to us, it includes Albert Einstein’s famous equation of E=MC2 and the date of August 8, 1945. That’s when the first atomic bomb destroyed the city of Hiroshima. Supposedly, one can see the mushroom cloud in the window. Can you make it out?