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Oct 6, 2019 - Speyer, Germany

Speyer was founded by the Romans over 2000 years ago. It is one of Germany's oldest cities. Speyer is dominated by the Speyer Cathedral. In the Cathedral, beneath the high altar, are the tombs of eight Holy Roman Emperors and German kings. There is a legend about the eight men, as represented by the sculpture we took a picture of in the garden. The other sculpture is of the ferry-man on the river. The ferry-man was waiting for some business when he heard shouts from the other side of the river. He saw eight men who were calling him for a...

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Dec 19, 2018 - Speyer Germany

Today we walked into Speyer for a brief walking tour. We visited the cathedral in the town which is absolutely huge, both in overall size, as well as in height. What is even more amazing is that it was built in 1029 and completed in 1061. Quite a feat of architecture and quite beautiful. We then walked on to the Jewish section. Apparently back in the day the Archbishop of Speyer was very progressive and welcomed the Jews into the city. They built housing and a synagogue back in 1105. By 1195 the synagogue was destroyed under accusations of...

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Sep 28, 2016 - Cruising and Heldelberg - Sept. 22

A relaxing morning cruising to Speyer - a BIG city after all the little towns we have stopped at. Then onto buses for a visit to Heidelberg, the old university city. The ruins of the castle which still dominates the city are magnificent and the amount of visitors on our day affirmed that Heidelberg is one of Germany's most visited historic sites. Heidelberg was a major player in Martin Luther's Reformation activities and became Protestant in the 1550's - 100 years before the castle was destroyed. After the tour of the castle we had free...

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Oct 11, 2012 - Speyer and Heidelberg

Arrived in Germersheim early this morning. Ate a very light breakfast and then set out on a the bus to Speyer for a walking tour. We visited the cathedral there and the remains of a very early Jewish Synagoue which was very interesting. We then had lunch in town which was interesting. Richard ordered what looked like a pizza and when he asked for pepperoni the waitress kept asking if he was sure. When it came it was covered with hot peppers as over here pepperoni is salami! He ate the meal after we all had a good laugh and removed the...

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Oct 10, 2012 - Sailing by the many Castles and to Ruidesheim

Sorry this entry is late but I got bitten by a stomach virus yesterday. Left Bopard yesterday morning for sailing down the part of the Rhine where a large majority of the castles are located. The moring was very foggy so it took a little while for the fog to lift and for us to be able to see the castles. There are some pictures attached of castles and some of the villages we sailed by The castles are quite spectacular. We docked in Ruidesheim and after lunch we were supposed to go into town for a little exploring and wine tasting. I didn't...

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May 19, 2010 - Speyer, Germany

Wednesday we woke in Speyer Germany, a short walking tour of the town (it was cold), then this afternoon we go to a families home for coffee and cake. The family was very gracious and hospitable. A historical note: The father of the house, the guy in the John Deere hat and white beard, said his father was a German soilder during WWII. He is thankful that Patton's Army captured his father at the end of the war and allowed him to live. The other liberating armies, Russian in particular, according to our host, "did not take prisoners...

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