JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Rothenburg, Germany

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I recently had the opportunity to go along with the afternoon excursion group to Rothenburg, Germany.  (Just a little pronunciation reminder: there is no “th” sound in the German language, so the town’s name is pronounced Roh-Ten-Burg.)

Milos had been there before and encouraged me to go and see it, as this might be the last chance of the season to do so.  For me, it meant working both the 7am shift and the late shift until 9pm, but my resulting fatigue was definitely worth it.  Our day started cloudy, but by late afternoon the sun was shining brightly, adding the perfect warm glow to our spectacular surroundings.

The town itself is an absolute treasure.  It’s an unspoiled Medieval time capsule, due to the residents not having the financial means to architecturally update their houses after the Thirty Years War in the early 1600’s. As a result, everything looks the same as it did almost 500 years ago.  Narrow streets lined with Medieval style half-timbered houses are interspersed with the step gabled roofs so characteristic of the Renaissance period in this region.

The town is also home to the famous Käthe Wohlfhart Christmas Village.  (A little bit of trivia – she also regularly brings her famous holiday wares to our Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem, PA.)  Keeping with that Christmas-spirit theme, the town’s famous signature delicacy is the Schneeball (Snowball); a fried pastry shaped into a ball and coated with powdered sugar. (Or sometimes other flavors, like chocolate.)  The texture is crispy, like  many crunchy cookies folded all together.

One of Germany‘s most iconic sites is Rothenburg’s Plönlein, where the road splits: one side leading to the Kobolzeller Gate and one leading to the Siebers Tower.  It was a bit tricky to snap a pic that wasn’t full of other tourists trying to do the very same thing.

 

I was able to stop for a quick drink and a late light lunch in the terrace restaurant of the Hotel next to St. Jacob’s Cathedral.  I even had a little visitor for part of my meal, as the friendly local cat went from table to table to see if he could catch any offerings.

 

The only downside to our afternoon in Rothenburg was that there just wasn’t enough time to thoroughly explore this Medieval gem. I would have liked to have climbed up the town hall tower to take in the spectacular views, or walked along the covered walkway on the old city walls, but they will have to go on the list of future to-dos!

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Rothenburg, don’t miss it!

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Here are some more photos from my short afternoon in Rothenburg:

 

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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