Thursday, April 12, 2012

bamberg: little italy and atenburg castle

Bamberg is also known for a small stretch of fishermen's houses along side the river Regnitz
known as Klein-Venedig, or "little italy".

My favorite house was the red and brown with hearts on the shutters (below).
Most of my thoughts as I admired these houses were,
1. how much does one cost, and,
2. I would not want to deal with the upkeep- 
after all, thousands of tourists take pictures of their homes every single day.


This was my favorite part of the entire trip.

I arrived in Bamberg, was handed a map, and started to explore.
Since I am clueless when it comes to reading a map,
I threw it in my bag,
and started walking with the hope I would end up at the good stuff.
From a distance, I could see Atenburg Castle, but I had no idea how to get there.
And, tourist buses are not my thing.

I had a few hours before my train was scheduled to leave, 
and I accepted that I probably wouldn't make it to this castle
(where I was mostly interested in the views).

Thankfully, I saw a very small sign with an arrow saying "Atenburg Castle".
I was still very far away,
and the streets are a bit of a puzzle to navigate,
but, I took my chances with my lack of German,
and asked a local man the way to Atenburg Castle.
He pointed,
told me to turn right, and right again
(more with hand signals then words).

Despite being directionally (word?) challenged, 
I made it.

And, the views?
So worth it.

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marie said...

What stunning pictures! I can't read a map either, hence I rarely travel alone.

Stephanie said...

So beautiful!

Jenna said...

Stunning! Definitely worth the walk :)


Alex Butts said...

such the little explorer you are!

Alyx said...

Your little town is so pretty!!
I love it!

Katie said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! That's all I can say! Your life is JUST so amazing! So many ridiculously awesome experiences! Amazing!

Laura said...

This is such a beautiful blog and it really inspires me!:) Would you like to follow each other?

Amy Dowell said...

Lucky girl! Such an amazing place and your pictures are fantastic!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Both places looks amazing!