The Highlands is the Scotland I imagined in my dreams. We drove from Stirling Castle north to the highlands. The drive was about 3 hours past rolling countryside, green hills, farms and small villages. As we grew closer, the hills grew steeper and the vistas longer. Lyn’s extensive travel knowledge once again brought us to a marvelous destination. Once we saw the glimmers of the lake, the homes grew more and more magnificent.
We stopped at a beautiful country inn, a former estate. Wandering through, we settled on a boathouse restaurant. It was charming! We enjoyed one of the most delicious bowls of clam chowder I can remember along with spectacular onion rings. Outside, small boats glided past. A nod to the affluence of the resort included a sea plane and a helecopter.
Our professional blog and vlog starts today during the waning hours of our trip to New Orleans. My friend Janet wrote in a Facebook post that she was counting on our restaurant recommendations and other tips. And, we’ve been discussing doing a blog. It occurred to me, if I shared them with Janet, why not you, dear reader? So, here goes…
Enter a fairytale in Rothenburg. Lyn told me I would be enchanted and he was right. Rothenburg’s quaint hotels, unique shops and idyllic cafes made for a delightful afternoon. We only covered a quarter of the town. Next time, I would stay the night there and use the morning and evenings to explore without the crowds. Be sure when traveling that you steer towards Rothenburg ob der Tauber (on the Tauber River). There are many Rothenburgs in Germany.
We arrived in time to walk through the main Platz, walk a few lanes and choose a cafe for lunch, Gasthoff zur Sonne. I ordered a dreamy “chanterelle creme soup” and what would be one of many strange dishes, “Kasespatzle “once different” with homemade noodles in cream cheese gorgonzola. Lyn loved a ravioli-like dish.
One of my favorite stops was the Franciscan Church. The simple wooden pews and stoic chairs provided a simple backdrop for inspiration. It is a living church. The modern windows by Johannes Schreiter are quite interesting. I kept a brochure and have meditated on those windows since then. The Franciscan Church is the oldest in the town and was consecrated in 1309, recently celebrating its 700th anniversary. This church also boasts an altar carved by Tilman Riemenschneiderand many memorials to residents of Rothenburg. The nave is used for concerts and lectures, along with regular religious services.
My friend Alicyn, an experienced world traveler, loves to walk the walls of Rothenburg with her husband and two daughters.
View the sights and sounds of Rothenburg:
It would not be right not to mention the Jewish history of Rothenburg – and the Jewish history throughout Germany. Rothenburg was a favorite excursion by Hitler as an “idyllic German town”. Jewish families were driven out of the town throughout the ages. Fortunately, there are monuments to those families and the Jewish experience throughout the town.