May 11, 2000
We had a brief team workout this morning at 8:00 and then it was
on to breakfast at the hotel. It was a small buffet of rolls, lunch
meat, cheese slices and better and jelly. Coffee and orange juice were
also included. We took showers and toured the area of Rothenburg. We
walked the wall around the town, this was a narrow covered passageway
and you could see down in the garden and flower beds of the small homes
near the wall.
Some of us toured the “Kriminel Museum”. There were displays of
torture equipment used for different crimes during the 12th century. For
example, a shame mask (made of iron) was used for people who gossiped,
it had a long tongue and big ears. Other ones included the donkey of
shame saddle for lazy people, thumb screws for thieves, a huge wooden
rosary for someone to wear that missed church or fell asleep during the
sermon, and a tongue screw for liars.
We walked through the Castle Gardens which had beautiful flowers
of all types in bloom. We had lunch after buying Birkenstock shoes and
boarded the bus to Munich. It was a three hour drive with our usual rest
stop at the half way point.
We arrived at our Hotel Bristol at 6:30pm and checked into our
rooms. Some of us did laundry in our rooms and we met for dinner at
7:30. We rode the “U Bahn” (underground subway) to the next stop or the
main part of town — Marienplatz, a large square which houses the
Glockenspeil. (The Glockenspeil is a large clock with figurines and
moves every hour.) There is always a crowd to watch it change time.
We had dinner at Donisyl’s on the square, ordering Wiener
Schnitzel, Dumplings (Potatoes), fish, and Apple or Pear Strudel. We
got back to the hotel at 10:00 and headed to bed. Thursday morning we
plan on taking a tour of the city!