I was gone for a little over three weeks, 15 days on the river boat. The food on the boat was overall very good, especially since the staff was so accommodating of my gluten- and dairy-free needs. As I mentioned in a previous post, I almost always had a bowl of muesli, black tea, and a smoothie with fruit and spinach for breakfast:
On this day, we visited the medieval, walled city of Rothenburg:
It was raining as you can see from the umbrellas, but this might have been my favorite stop due to how completely adorable and charming the town was:
The history of Rothenburg is unbelievable and encompasses 1,000 years! Honestly, my mind is always blown when I visit anywhere older than 100 years (yeah, I know, I’m sooooo American).
Anyway, this was one of our longer tours so we ended up eating at a local restaurant. Ugly food alert (bratwurst, potatoes with milk so I did not eat much, sauerkraut, ham, and just a tad of mustard, ha):
As always, I skipped the requisite beer and just had some sparkling water and hot tea to go with.
I may have also tried one of the local specialities, a cookie called a schneeballen, or, a “snowball,” seen on the left. They come in all kinds of flavors, but I just tried the plain one. You’re supposed to put it in a plastic bag and throw it against the wall to break it up before eating it. Seems rational…:
I kind of got sick of seeing sausages everywhere in Germany, but, there they were again:
On a prettier note, I saw some German dahlias that brightened the day:
There’s a Crime Museum in Rothenburg, but I don’t suggest you visit it unless you’re comfortable seeing medieval torture devices. Sorry, but, who wants to have all that in your head? Not me.
Alan and I went Christmas-ornament shopping instead, since that seems to be another thing that Rothenburg is known for. We spent wayyyyyy too much money, but now we have something awesome that is sitting in a box in my closet right now. I promise to show you a picture when the time is right.
Anywho, after a long, wet day exploring Rothenburg and also making a short trip over to Weikersheim Castle, we were more than happy to get back on the boat. We were greeted with a tea time including a chocolate fountain:
I just ended up having some fruit, but the cake was really special since it documented our route (Rothenburg is not listed, but it’s between Wurzburg and Bamberg:
I wanted my veggies for dinner, so I had a big salad, with fish on the side:
The beautiful sunset seen from the boat was the perfect ending to the day:
Next Wednesday, I’ll be sharing the last of my European food journals in Budapest, Hungary. After that, my food journals will all be US-based, I promise!