“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Budapest” (Day 14)

May 1

~ Wertheim

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[Wertheim Castle . . . right off the bat!  (And the blog has finally made it to May!)]

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[Followed by Wertheim port.]

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[Well, guten tag!]

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[Gives you the idea that we were in the basement.  Our window was right on the water line and when I opened our curtain that morning . . . A Peeping Swan!]

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[Our guide, an American.  She married a German fellow and has lived in Germany ever since – long enough to have two teenage daughters, who sound very American in their desire to escape the boredom of their “small” town (it is just a little bigger than the greater Alexandria metropolitan area).]

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[Beautiful setting]

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[So, it appears schwans are a big deal around here.]

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[I forgot . . . something about the windows and their placement.]

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[Here’s the tourists . . . ]

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[Walking down the middle of streets again.]

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[And this is a wall . . . ]

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[A really neat place to rent . . . and airbnb?]

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[Cherry blossoms?]

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[Old Town center . . . ]

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[With its own “leaning tower”  – Spitzer Tower.]

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[See?  Leaning slightly to the right.]

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[As with many places along these rivers, floods are just a way of life.  Here our guide shows us photos of the last one from just a few years ago (I even remembered it).]

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[Helen and the tree.]

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[The Super, Helen, and the tree.]

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[The Super and Helen supersede the tree.]

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[The Supervisor’s take on the neighborhood, i.e, her photos.]

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[Violeta . . . ]

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[And the tree.]

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[A really fake professional in action . . . ]

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[The final 3 from the Super, downtown . . . ]

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[Back to me, i.e., my photos.  More high water marks from floods over the centuries.]

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[And back to window shopping.]

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[Loved their restaurant row – hard to choose!]

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[Now THIS is window shopping!]

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[What?  We didn’t stop to eat?]

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[The PH crest is something from the 16th century.  The Japanese appearing mark below it was something really cool, but I forgot.  Like maybe a Minnesota Twins fan lived here or maybe the builder loved wasabi.  After much searching, I can’t find anything?]

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[More flood marks.]

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[Love these alley ways.]

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[Yes, they probably were made out of real gingerbread.]

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[And there’s the castle from the first photo – the major landmark of the city.  But it was a steep climb (something about steep and uneven stairs), so we begged out.  As I recall, Pam and Tom did go up there.]

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[Everybody has a clock tower.]

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[In most places these were trash cans – probably so here?  But the Super loves ice cream!]

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[Finally, outdoor coffee and pastry!]

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[It was a little chilly, but the sun was out.]

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[And then we saw this . . . ]

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[But first things first – John has his outdoor coffee!]

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[Then back to the Echo.  Alexandria’s-own Echo Press sponsors a “take your Echo with you” and send a photo of yourself reading it wherever you are.  We sent this one in – Editor Al wasn’t buying it!  😉  ]

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[I think we ran out of time before we could take a ride on the little train.]

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[Back to the river front.  All aboard!]

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[And we’re on our way again . . . ]

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[We’re on the Main River on our way to the Rhine River with the next stop at Koblenz.]

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[Another vertical vineyard.]

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[Didn’t we just eat something?]

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[Well, you can still look out the window while you’re eating.]

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People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.  ~ Dagobert D. Runes  (Great first named if he dropped the “Dag.”)

Up Next:  Koblenz . . . or Homecoming.

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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1 Response to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Budapest” (Day 14)

  1. The Super says:

    What a great swan picture!

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