OK. So I survived day 1! It’s now 11pm on May 11th local time, and I’ve had about 4 hours of sleep since the 10th.
The flight was very nice, about 7 hours I think. Delta has made some tremendous upgrades so everyone had leather seats and TVs that worked. We arrived in Frankfurt around 8:40am local time, 2:40 Atlanta time. We’re all jet lagged.
As soon as we arrived, it was off to Heidelberg for a walking tour of the city. The guide was very informative, but we were all tired. We toured the city, and many of the buildings date back to the 1600s and 1700s. Their history is much deeper than the US. There’s a library with books that are 600 years old (pics below). Apparently the red color in the library’s brick comes from a very specific area. The material proved to be very weather resistant for hundreds of years until global warming and acid rain. The deterioration is rampant now.
Many of the pics are of Heidelberg, the buildings, inside a church with a funky exhibit, the streets, etc. There are also pics of the airport, the chateau we’re staying in (white with gravel road in front), as well as a stinky airport bathroom that felt like an insane asylum, how Germans feel about Bush, this contraption that made me pay 30 Euros to go to the potty, and us riding through the streets of Strasbourg, France at night…on bikes!
More pics tomorrow.