We stayed in Sommersdorf Castle

Peter walks...Kenny walks on a log

Pumping is more difficult than I thought...At the mill

Flour being groundThe castle was lovely - a unique experience. Here's a tour.

The entrance to our apartment

The courtyard

The outer courtyard

Lots of gaps through which to shoot arrowsView towards the grounds

The barnsThe chapel attached to the castle

The owner's oldsterTaking a walk around the castle

Coffee and cake at the castle.

Playing ball in the courtyardTouring Rothenburg today.

Remodeling a house here must be difficult - everything needs to be done in the old style

The roofs were very high - at the very top were rope and pulley systems, used to haul goods up to the top floors.

These were touristy "carriages", but without the horsesAnd with disc brakes

Peter and I spent a lot of time at this church, to get out of the sun and let Peter out of the strollerAnother smart car

A wall went around the entire city, and you could walk around almost all of it, too

Along the wall there were plaques from various groups who had supported the restoration

Sausage cigarsEric, Ken, and Kenny went to the Medieval Criminal Museum

I assume that this is what they paraded prisoners around town in

On the way back home were were in stop and go traffic on the highway, in the middle of nowhere, for about half an hour.At the grocery store - interesting canned goods - mangos, figs, and kiwis

And peanut butter!Kenny watching Ann sketch

Ann and Ken took care of the kids one morning, and Eric and I went on a bike ride. There were a lot of little farm roads with this type of pavingGoing through Winkel

There was a dairy farmer strike while we were there


In the city of AnsbachI've never seen this style of shoe before

It was a hot day, and of course we got ice cream!A cell phone charging vending machine

We weren't the only ones enjoying ice creamsThe Orangerie, at the royal residence in Ansbach

Eric and Kenny boating on the moat

There was a craft/pottery fair on the grounds this weekend - I loved these cactus globes.A thunderstorm came up - not much rain, but lots of wind

Dr. Crailsheim is the current owner of the castle (his family has owned it for hundreds of years). We had a tour and dinner with him and his family.Eric in some armor

We went up into a tower, which was fitted up as a kids playroom upstairsThe dungeon, complete with actual mummies

An old wheelchairDinner was excellent

Today - Dinkelsbuehl. I liked this better then Rothenburg - it may have been smaller and had fewer authentic buildings, but it also had many fewer tourists and traffic. A balance challenge