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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

We visited Rothenburg today in this beautiful fall weather. It was granted a town charter in 1172 but its heyday was in the 14th century. It was oh-so-very German with all of the iron work and half-timbered buildings.

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This is the Siebers tower on the left and the tower of Kobolzell Gate on the right.

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“Basteille 16th 17th century Gun Stands Casemates”

“Basteille 16th 17th century Gun Stands Casemates”

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We went into St. Jacob’s Church and it was beautiful! The gothic style church was started in 1311 and took 150 years to complete.

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This is the Holy Blood Alter that was created in 1499 by Erhard Harschner and sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider. Tradition says that three drops of Jesus’s blood is contained in the gold cross in the middle (c 1270).

1554 “Glory to God Alone”  TR

1554 “Glory to God Alone” TR

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An old well and Austin’s really cool sword we got at a Spielzeugladen.

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We walked the medieval wall that surrounds the town.

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Zugspitze and Garmisch Partenkirchen

We all had such a hardship this weekend. We had to go to a Resiliency Training event for the brigade at Edelweiss Resort. It was a rough time with a beautiful view of the Alps.

Seriously, we had an amazing time going up Zugspitze, which is the tallest peak in Germany, the kiddos went to a Reptile Zoo in Austria and we had the most amazing dinner at La Toscana.

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Flossenbürg

It was an emotional day. Far more than I was anticipating. One of the things we wanted to make a point of doing while living in Europe was taking our children to the memorials of the concentration camps of WWII. As a horrific display of the worst of humanity and the evilness of this fallen world, hopefully they will understand how fragile our freedom is and how we must never let this happen again. Our prayer is that, even while some deny it ever happened, that our children will see it with their own eyes and speak the truth for their generation.

Flossenbürg was a short trip for us through beautiful countryside. The elegant headquarters belied the evil within. There was a definite heaviness and you felt on the verge of tears constantly. We were thankful that the displays were in English because there was so much information to absorb.

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After we left the Concentration camp we went to the Burgruine Flossenbürg, a castle that was founded around 1100 by Count Berengar of Sulzbach It was such a beautiful view! It was officially our first castle visit of Germany.

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Our first night in Grafenwöhr

After almost a week in our hotel recovering from jet lag and completing the literally laundry list of things one must do when one moves to a new country, we finally had a chance to walk around town. It was perfect weather and we thoroughly enjoyed our gelato. We are in love with our new home.

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