GUSH ALERT!! My sister is the best. She's part of the reason I even went. Even though she was a little stressed out at the thought of taking care of 6 kids for a week by herself, she still totally encouraged me to go and have fun. I'm so lucky to have the best sister in the world!! We both love traveling and I can't wait to go somewhere together (now that I'm not a teenager who can't be bothered to admit she's enjoying a family vacation). And to return the favor with her kids. Of course I will plan on not being deathly ill with the flu when I do it.
First we flew into Frankfurt (traveling without kids is the best), got our rental car (a small SUV -- I'm pretty sure Germans think all Americans only drive SUVs) and drove off to Heidelberg Germany. I made Dustin keep it under 100 mph on the autobahn. When we landed it was actually 10 at night in Arizona, but only 7 am in Germany, so we had no choice but to hit the ground running.
(another misconception because it was only 2 miles away), so we bought tram tickets and headed to Old Town.
my apologies to the poor German couple that is now part of all my vacation memories in not the most flattering of poses. It was kind of funny to see shops like H&M and TK Maxx (yes, TK) in these gorgeous old buildings.
the castle and wandered around.
(yes, I showered and did my hair every.single.day) and then do whatever sounded fun. I wandered around looking for a grocery store (the hotel once again insisted that I could never walk to the store 10 minutes away, so why didn't I buy Kinder eggs at the gas station?), read a book along the river, took a nap. . . One night we met up with all of Dustin's colleagues from all over Europe and the States for dinner.
Philospher's Walk. It starts off as a scenic walk overlooking the river and city but there are little paths up the hill to a few more landmarks. The problem is, the paths all crisscross and there's no easy way up to the top of the hill. The routes are all tiny little trails through the forest and I was by myself trying to follow arrows and directions chiseled into stones along the way.
I found everything I wanted though! Thingstatte is an open-air amphitheater built by the Nazis.