We had quite a nice weekend and now I am going to meet up with meathiel
and our mutual penpal Geneviève from Luxembourg in Heidelberg, which should be good. I have booked my train ticket! :) I haven't met Geneviève before although we have been writing for about 20 years so it should be cool. :D
Anyway over the weekend...we didn't do too much on Saturday because the weather was a bit crap, again. There were some sunny bits but quite a lot of rain, so we didn't go on a daytrip as we had thought about doing. We did go out for a meal in the evening at the OTHER Italian restaurant within walking distance of us (actually there are several restaurants nearby us here!), it is situated in a small hotel and it looks nice but Dirk hadn't even been there before. It is called La Scala
and it was pretty good there. Only partially spoilt by the people at the next table having REALLY AWFUL children. Ok, I understand it can be a bit hard to get children to behave if they are toddlers, but these kids were about 8 or 10 or so...you'd think by then you could train them to behave in a restaurant...but I could see why they were so bad, as the parents were the sort who just didn't bother about them. So, why not get a babysitter and then everyone will be happy? oh well...
But the food was good and it is quite nice there.
On Sunday we decided to visit Aschaffenburg, Dirk had been there once for a job interview. It's actually in Bavaria though just at the tip so we left Hessen for the day. ;)
It is a nice city, the old town is nice and we visited the castle, although I think the museum inside was a bit boring. But a cool collection of cork models - a man who was a cake maker made them in the 18th century. I'm assuming he was a local (didn't manage to read much of the info there) but the models are of Roman buildings in Rome - the most impressive of course was the Colosseum -
Some were made by his son, too, who apparently was an architect.
We also visited the Pompejanum
which is a copy of a Roman villa built for King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who had visited Pompeii. I guess it was damaged in the war, and of course the painting in it had got worn over the years, but they have restored it, but still in some rooms there is still the original painting, looking quite worn, but it is nice to visit. Really pretty ceilings there. :D We thought the Jewish museum was closed as the information we'd seen said it was only open something like Wednesdays and Thursdays, and the first Sunday of the month - so we went to the square where it was rather late, thinking we'd just see the place where the old synagogue was - only to find the museum actually had been open but was just about to close. So that was annoying but we'll go back I guess. There was a bit of Jewish stuff in a special exhibition in the castle museum, too, so we had a look at that and then they were selling Hanukkah candles there so I decided to buy some as i don't know where to get them otherwise around here. I am sure there must be a Jewish shop or two in Frankfurt, but I don't know these things yet.
well, here are some photos, too...( Read more... )
Well, I guess I should get moving, to get ready etc...:D