Day 10 July 1, 2017 Wurzburg & Rothenburg,Germany
Busy day with morning and afternoon tours.
As we disembarked for the short walk to our bus I was struck by the interesting architectural design of the building along the dock, and their salmon color. Including one image in color plus others in B&W which better shows off the design.
We crossed the 180 metre long Old Main Bridge - lined with impressive statues of saints to enter the town. Interesting views of the canal, canal side buildings and the Fortress Marienberg from the bridge. As we walked through town we saw a wedding party, some interesting buildings and fountains then passing views of the Neumünster Church. Next was the impressive Wurzburg Cathedral (German: Würzburger Dom) a Roman Catholic cathedral in dedicated to Saint Kilian. Eventually we arrived at Residenz Palace, The Prince-bishop’s Palace a magnificent building with wonderful art work and an amazing painted ceiling. Unfortunately photography was not permitted in the building nor in the beautiful side chapel.
This was followed by a tour of the wine cellar with wine tasting. Dark area so photography with on camera flash did not do it justice
Back on the ship for lunch then the optional excursion to the walled city of Rothenberg, well known for its well-preserved medieval old town and the Christmas ornaments for sale in the ubiquitous Käthe Wohlfahrt shops. Of course we all snacked on the famous Schneeball (plural: Schneeballen)-snowball in English- a pastry made from shortcrust pastry especially popular in the area of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and/or the Lindt Chocolates
A highlight was the youth string orchestra from Australia performing in the main square. They were touring the area and eventually would perform a concert in Vienna.
As we left the town someone had released several balloons which drifted calmly in the sky. While waiting for the bus we came upon a large insect which I believe is an Elephant Hawk Moth (Deilephila elpenor) This pink and olive-green moth is named after the caterpillar’s resemblance to an elephant’s trunk. (thanks Google)
Some images taken from the bus on the ride back to the ship and several taken about 9:35pm of the canal in fading light