|We continued on a very short distance until we came to Heidelberg, where we stopped for a couple hours. Heidelberg was spared during WWII because it was chosen as the Allied base in Germany after the Germans were pushed back. The Allies didn't bomb the city, so the old castle remained pretty much intact. We didn't walk all the way up the hill to go inside, but just saw it from the town. There is still a U.S. military base in Heidelberg, so there are quite a few Americans and it is a nice city so we walked around the center for awhile before continuing on.
We drove a short distance to the tiny town of Obergimpern where Eva lived with a host family when she was in Germany. We stopped by her host family's house for a few minutes and then went down to the center where they were having a fest. They had a big tent set up with a beer garden inside so we sat down and had a couple beers. It was kind of funny, there were little old ladies sitting all over drinking big glasses of beer.
We then drove a few kilometers to Bad Rappenau to stay with Eva's friend and family for a few days. Eva had lived in a small town close by for a year a few years ago, and has several good friends in the area. Bad Rappenau is located in southwestern Germany, close to the Black Forest and Rhine River, and was one of my favorite places in Europe. It is a really nice area, with rolling hills, farmland, forests, and small, old towns. If I had to live anywhere in Europe that I had visited besides Switzerland it would probably be here. The people were very nice and laidback and it seemed so much different than the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
We arrived at Eva's friend Mirka's house in the evening and then some more of Eva's friends came over for awhile.