No plans today, what could we do that could only be done on this day? There was a huge flea market at the local church so spent most of the morning browsing the various stalls.
Among the treasures that I did not walk away with, a soft animal skin muff (though Beate did walk away with a black one), a traditional dress with white under blouse and a black apron in very good condition – thought of Nancy Tsu,
a couple of books in the series by Karl May that fired young Wolfgang’s imagination,
a book on Würzburg from 1972, another one very interestingly illustrated, Beate and I were oo-ing and ah-ing over it only to be told it had just been purchased by the other person at the table, some small plates matching the blue design on mom’s teapot- I was tempted to buy some but passed as how would I get them home?? the vendor ran after me and gave me one small saucer for free,
a variety of hand coffee grinders… Lots more. The church yard absolutely packed. They had various things to eat.
Beate and I went for a powder-sugared waffle, the sections heart-shaped like our waffle iron in Congo.
In the afternoon we rode bicycles into town taking the paths along the Main River. Castle on the hill with its vineyard skirt ahead of us. Passed a long river cruise ship, currently docked to visit Würzburg.
Beate said they go along the Main and Rhine rivers.
The center of town completely packed when we arrived. The bridge where we had wine last night one solid mass of people. This is rumored to be the last good weekend of the year and everyone is out enjoying the sunshine.
We found a little Italian café with a free table on a side alley good for people watching and settled in with a cappuccino and a tea.
Yesterday the Baroque sanctuary of the Käppele had been closed for a rehearsal of a performance if Bach tonight at 5:00. We retrieved our bikes, nudged our way through the masses on the bridge and headed towards the Käppele. We left our bikes at the bottom of the hill and climbed the hill and steps up to the top. Quite sweaty upon arrival! Just in time for today’s five o’clock bell ringing.
The concert proved to be by a small chamber orchestra, in which four alternating violinists were the featured soloists. The violinists were all high school age. The acoustics were fantastic, the whole room warm and full of sound. It was enjoyable and relaxing, with lots of white marble and gold angels and putti to look at.
It was still warm and sunny for the descent back to the bikes and the scenic ride back to Beate’s apartment. Years since I’ve been on a bike and I loved it.
After dinner looked at Beate’s photos of her Camino this year. Really lovely photos, made my feet long to be off.