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zum Klosterhof

Kloster in German is the word for monastery.

And like many klosters in Germany, this one is also quite lovely, quaint, and of course brews it’s own delicious beer.

Despite my better judgement, I ordered a piece of linzertorte and a beer.  Probably because I was leaving in a week, and strongly felt  it would be akin to committing blasphemy, were I to turn away any traditional German foods put in my path.

But I would soon regret this zany pairing.

No matter how hungry you might be, or how much you want to try the beer–linzertorte, or any kind of torte, will never ever go well with beer. Ever.

But it was a nice way to finish our walk.

The sun went down as we made our way back into the altstadt, and home.

Philosophenweg, part two

Philosophenweg, part one

About a week before we left Heidelberg for San Francisco, I finally went up for a hike on the Philosophenweg.

It was a beautiful day.

Justin, Bolte and I were accompanied by the girls…

Mona and Zouma.

The Philosophenweg (Philosopher’s Walk) is an gentle path that slopes around the hillsides of Neuenheim, overlooking the Heidelberg altstadt from a lofty vantage point–that is high but not too much so, and distant but not too far away. It reminds me of how I felt, from the first level of the Eiffel Tower. A perfect distance away.

It is famous for its views.

And is named after the scholars of Heidelberg’s University, who favored it for extended philosophical discussions.

There is a word in German that describes these kind of long Sunday walks–wandern–when all the shops are closed, and friends and families head outdoors. Less about an obligation of fitness, and more about the pleasure of communing in nature.

Quiet and restorative.

#458: Ich Hab’ Mein Herz in Heidelberg Verloren

Gifts from friends.

Things I’ll Miss About Heidelberg… #7

Zouma and Mona.

Second Chance, part two

Second Chance, part one

Second Chance, on the Ingrimstraße, is one of my favorite shops in Heidelberg.

I always find interesting bits and bobs…

Baubles and trinkets…

Doo-dads and bric-a-brac.

A lot of people may not like the idea of buying used or old things…

But I say…

Some things get better with time.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

And, they certainly don’t make them like they used too.

Choose whichever idiom you like…

Either way, I find it a lot more gratifying to purchase something that can be re-purposed for another use…

Something with a history and a soul…

That wasn’t made in a factory in China.

So, in honor of second chances everywhere, I decided to photograph all of these wonderful treasures and share them with you!

By the way, this is just a glimpse.  As usual, there are more to come.

Enjoy!