We sat out a day due to rain (we’ll show a few paintings from the art museum we visited in a future blog), but a few very light showers persisted as we left the following day. One local cyclist had an unusual solution for biking in the rain. It was also quite cool for June, in the 50s, so Louise is a bit bundled up in the next shot as we wait for a ferry across the Main.
For a km or two the trail reduced to sidewalk width as we rode into a vineyard town. As we left town the vineyard came right down to the trail. The area we were in is called Franconia, or Franken in German. It was an independent nation of similar size to Luxembourg for a few hundred years, ending about 1800 when it was annexed to Bavaria. Bamberg, where we began biking a few days earlier, is in “Bierfranken,” as they say (Bamberg actually has a higher per capita consumption of beer than Munich!). Numerous signs along the way told us we were now visiting its first-cousin, “Weinfranken.” This continued to Würzburg, where the next photo was taken, and beyond.
At last, Würzburg, a gorgeous city that has risen from devastation in the form of a bomber attack on March 16, 1945, less than 2 months before the Germans finally gave up. Well over half the city was flattened. Yet many major buildings have been restored to their former glory, such as the Chapel of St. Mary and her neighbor the fanciful Falkenhaus, which has been a nobleman’s home and an inn in the past, but is now the city library.
Well, we're not losing any weight on this trip. This wine cellar was not a usual setting for breakfast, but the immense spread of food was not at all out of the ordinary for what we have seen for the past week. It's been a challenge here as in most places to get adequate veggies into our diet when we're eating almost entirely in restaurants, but we've done better than we feared considering Germany's (actually well-deserved) reputation for meat and potatoes.
Your well-fed tourist guides will tell you about the rest of our journey down the Main River Radweg in the next blog entry.