Sep 262011
 
Starting the day

Starting the day

Even though the last few days have been relatively relaxed and free of plans, sitting on the train to Hamburg feels like my first chance just to gather all my thoughts together, catch up on postcards (I need to get a few more!), take stock. Did have a lovely day yesterday. We again drove outside of Würzburg, and again took a hiking trail through forests and vineyards to the tiny village of Sommerhausen, somewhat more touristy than Thüngersheim. Some artists settled here in the 60s as well as an actor who started a tiny theater one of the town towers. The walk was marked by a series of informative plaques; they usually had an agricultural note and an artistic note on each one. Because the walk was primarily through vineyards there was a lot of winey information, including a live vine of each of the main types of wine grown here, with plaques identifying their name and heritage. Beate explained that the roses planted at the head of each steeply descending row are planted because both they and the grapes are susceptible to aphids. We passed some folks picking grapes and when Beate told him I was from the US he cut off a couple of clumps of spicy red Silvanias for us. Happily nibbling grapes we continued on. After a coffee and tour of town we headed back up into the dark, wooded hills, passing a wild animal park that Beate says houses foxes, sanglier, deer etc, though we did not see them. As it has been fairly warm, it was wonderful to be walking through the shade of the trees. We paused at a small lake for lunch – leftovers from Sunday night, and cukes, red peppers and carrots. Saw large leaping fish in the lake, circling hawks, later we heard a woodpecker. Back at the car in no time.
Beate had a Drs. Appointment in town in the evening, so we biked into town. We were still on the quest to find the footprint for Wolfgang. New information from him had us going to the Rita Käppele. We found this, but no footprint, and no one had heard of a footprint. While she was off I went back to the media markt store to see if I could this time master the self-serve photo machine to print photos to send to the woman in Poland. After such a long time last time not successful it was a shock to walk out with the photos in 5 minutes. Sat at a cafe, had a sorbet. Watched Würzburg pass. Beate joined me, and later we wandered off to a Franconian Restaurant, where we both had local wine, she had wurst and I had Franconian wedding soup, not so different from Italian wedding soup. The city center crowds were gone when left the restaurant, and so we were able to bike through town enjoying the warm Indian Summer night and along the river to her apartment where I packed for Hamburg and she packed for Paris, as she is heading off to spend time with Virginie, who we all met on our Camino out of Le Puy.

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