The One Where Rachelle and I Meet – Part Two (Nuremberg)

Germany wouldn’t be Germany without the events and festivals it’s been known for…flooding beers and grilling sausages, rides and amusements – typically where you’d just spend a few bucks having fun while enjoying traditional food and going home with a loot (or a lot) of klumpert!

Rachelle and I along with my son, her hubby and two kids decided to see what fun is there at the Nuremberg Volksfest (Funfair). Quite late but, the sun was up at 7 in the evening so you can’t tell! The kids were as alive as it was earlier at Playmobil so we went about and had our share of laughs and fun shots.

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Bratwurst

Nuremberg, aside from the famous trial, is known for its Bratwurst, a type of sausage that is shorter than the usual ones and appears white instead of the usual flesh or darker color. Needless to say, they are my favorite sausages along with the Berner-Würstel – frankfurters filled with cheese and wrapped in bacon. :o Bratwurst goes well with sauerkraut, if you do not fancy this type of salad, mustard will do.

The Bavarian city is also known for its Lebkuchen, a type of baked goodies resembling gingerbread and has been around as early as the 1200th. Many attempts to translate the word citing “Leb” from the word Leben or life and Kuchen or cakes to mean life cookies but this is not so. Lebkuchen can usually be bought in decorated thin cans – which I love collecting but because my mother-in-law gives me them. :D Lebkuchen is usually soft, most of the time shaped as pretzels, flowers or hearts, but they could be of any shape and bakers make variation by putting on different chocolate coating. There are also the harder types of Lebkuchen, as you see below, the heart-shaped bigger ones (Lebkuchen Heart) hanging on the stall which were decorated with icing. They have sweet words inscribed in them so you can appropriately choose to give someone.

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Lebkuchen and more sweets
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Baguette Galore

Baguettes of your choice are sold at the stalls too! There’s quite a variety to choose from…and in big servings – you won’t go hungry here, for sure! But enough of the food talk, I am not as brave or adventurous as Rachelle so I just waited with the kids when she and her hubby took on the challenge of riding the double loop roller coaster. Uhhmmm yes, it’s a double loop, scroll below to see the second loop. I had the previous day enjoyed a roller coaster ride too but smaller and perhaps considered for kids. Teehee! In my defense, someone needs to stay with the kids. haha!

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Rachelle’s up there somewhere….
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see..double!

I will not divulge what Rachelle said after the ride (lol), that’s for her to disclose. :D But, I won’t wonder if she felt like seeing double after that double loop ride hehe.

The kids had their share of fun, whacking mouses as they come out of their holes and getting prizes worth 1€ or more. Teehee! They rode mini-trucks and cars – no bumpers though and bravely went down the giant slide. We would have done more should the time allowed us but it was getting quite late too. Rachelle and her family would travel a good hour plus a bit more home it is with heavy hearts that we left the fair.

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Prizes from “Whack the mouse game”
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Rutsch (to slide) – a giant one which all 3 kids dared!

It might have been a few hours spent but Rachelle and I talked as though we haven’t been chatting everyday – we definitely would have been having playdates if we only live close to each other. The kids hit it off too, even though they were shy at first, kids are really amazing when it comes to bringing down communication barrier and such.

Personally, I got the chance to take some night shots again :D some moving shots and those but what do you know, you can perhaps bump into a Paolo Coelho doppelganger in the most unexpected place! Scroll below…

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no, I’m a scaredy-cat :D

 

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doesn’t he resemble Coelho? :D

Our Lady’s Church (Nuremberg)

Our Lady's Church (Nuremberg)

At the eastern side of Nuremberg’s market/main plaza is a beautiful brick gothic church called Frauenkirche or Our Lady’s Church. Looking back at the archives of this blog, here’s one post I did earlier on. I don’t know why but we haven’t been inside this church even before. I assume though that it’s as grand inside.

I would have written a lot more about this architecture but I believe the photos will suffice. ^_^

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Nuremberg is one of the ideal city for Religious Heritage, Pilgrimage Tour, and Church Choir Tour programs for church groups.Aside from Our Lady’s Church, there’s St. Sebaldus Church (St. Sebald, Sebalduskirche), one of the most important churches of the city, and also one of the oldest. There’s also St. Lorenz Church (Lorenzkirche), another church of Gothic architecture.

 

Which Bridge?

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Nuremberg certainly has a lot of bridges within. Understandably so since it is situated on the Pegnitz river and the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal, the former flowing through the city center. They may not be as many as the bridges of Venice but they add charm to historical Nuremberg’s appeal.

Coming from the Fleischbrücke’s other side we moved to the left on that supposedly summer day, here’s what I saw – a restaurant terrace by the riverside overflowing with pelargonias. Parasols paraded too and went accordingly with the flowers’ color.

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Looking beyond the terrace you’ll see another bridge which I don’t know the name of…this one is crowded too but without the vendors…on our side were souvenir carts of different sorts. There, on their side, were just people passing by, one or two playfully fetching water with a pail pulling it up and down with a rope. Can’t tell what they’re up to.

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Here is a view of the bridge in whole:

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A River under a Hospital

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Standing at the Fleischbridge in Nürnberg’s old town, I was fascinated with this building. Water runs underneath, falling pelargonias adorn the red-paned windows and its color of brown bricks – my kind of a scene from a story written by one of my favorite authors.

Interestingly, this building is the hospice of the Holy Ghost, yep, a hospital situated at the River Pegnitz. It is in itself historic, founded in 1332 and is one of the largest hospitals of the Middle Ages.

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On those times we visited Nürnberg, coming by this river is a must….not just for sightseeing but feeding the ducks. Teehee…kids love feeding them and most of the time mom-in-law has stale bread that we can bring…

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Nuremberg Zoo and Dolphin Lagoon

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bambie, they said

 

This is one of the most memorable vacations we had, not just because of seeing a lovely place but because our daughter was left behind – for the second time. We visited the Nuremberg Zoo and Dolphin Lagoon (Nuremberg, Germany) and stayed there for half a day before going out to eat and play at a park.

That was one of those “doki doki” (Japanese heartbeat) moments that I felt real fear. It was also one of those times that my imagination was running much faster and beyond the years I normally would. If she’d been gone, I thought, how could my life be – would I be able to sleep thinking that she’s out there somewhere yet we’ve been robbed of the chance to take care of her and see her grow.

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weasel?
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I sometimes hate myself for having that kind of imagination. Hubby went back to the dolphin show we watched with the whole fam (with mom-in-law and her husband too- who both joined the hunt as I stayed behind to wait). He found dawty sitting where she was earlier, still waiting if there are more shows. It’s a good thing that no one came to take her or ask her to come with them…there was not even a sign of fear to be seen in her…she was so calm.

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dolphin showing off

 

Big Stuff

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The biggest banana we’ve ever seen is at Nuremberg, Germany. We were walking down the street to the train station when we saw this giant banana. We just got to have a photo! Just like in Vienna, flower pots are abundant. That is just one of the many around the street.

Then there was a giant football at the plaza…I think it was the UEFA season…

 

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That’s hubby with toned muscles and funny hair. – 2005