My cousin Petra lives in Nuremberg so it’s always on my list. It’s such a fun little town and we were honestly surprised with how many tourists, mostly older people, were there at that time.
Where: Nuremberg, Germany
When: September 2019
The town has a bunch of markets that are always busy. I arrived late on Friday and she met me at the train station. We took the tram then walked about 10 minutes to her house. She asked if I wanted to go out that night but I wasn’t that hungry so we just ate in. She had enough food and beer and were able to catch up which is great! It had been 12 years since I saw her last - it definitely didn’t feel like it. She came to Montana when I was about 5 or 6 years old then we went there when I was about 12 and again when I was 18… and that was it! It’s crazy to think I went to Europe twice when I was a kid yet it’s been 12 years since I last went. It’s so much easier to travel when you are older, you think I would have gone more!
The next morning, which was Saturday, we got up and went to a little farmers market by her house. We were able to get some fresh food including eggs, vegetables, and rolls for breakfast. I love local markets and seeing all the people up and about supporting local business… and bringing their own bags! #zerowaste. Later we got up and took the bikes into town. I was telling her how awesome I think it is that so many people in Europe bike. Where I live it’s not really that practical because it snows so much and everything is spread out but I really could bike more, to the winery and to my friend’s house! And if I had a bike when I traveled with my car I could take it to explore! I definitely have been searching Craigslist looking for a bike in my area!
The neighborhoods are so cute! We ended up buying some ice cream - I got gingerbread - and found this adorable little art venting machine. The one we wanted on the bottom right was sold out. Oh also I ended up buying my mom some lavender filled small pillow things (like the size of a hacky sack) at the market and we found some dark chocolate for my grandma at the fair trade store. Petra was very firm on fair trade items. She was very adamant I buy my family members presents which was a little annoying for me because we are not really a present type of family. Half the time it just ends up in a box. Plus I am cheap and I only had a carry on so I wasn’t looking for extra things to take up room. If I was to bring anything home it would probably be food and drinks and maybe some home decor for myself but I can get all of that stuff at home vs packing it across an ocean. My cousin is very sentimental with a house FILLED with things she’s collected traveling but I’m really a minimalist. For my gifts, actually, I am going to print out photos I took that remind me of people and send them. I think it’s cool for it to be a picture I actually took and find a location, memory, story, historical, fact, etc that reminds me of each person and send it to them. That’s my type of souvenir.
Although the town was under a lot of construction, there were still some beautiful places to see. I remember a lot of them because I looked at pictures I took last time we went. We ended up walking around the square, taking photos, looking at things in the market, peeking in the churches, and taking the bikes back to her house. Oh I forgot to mention we did an underground tour of some dungeons which was really neat! The tour is offered in person but we didn’t make the English one so we had to listen to it all with audio. I am not 100% sure why, maybe with the state of the world right now, but learning (well relearning) about the Holocaust, torture in the middle ages, it all made me very sick. I actually had a stomach ache after. I guess I just try to imagine it, then or now, and I just can’t imagine treating another human that way.
Oh yes before we took the bikes back we walked to the top of the castle which gave beautiful views of the city. We didn’t take a tour or go in the museum. She said it wasn’t her favorite thing to do and I’m not big on those types of things either. The views of the city were wonderful though and this is where we saw the most tourists - again a little shocking because end of September felt like off-season in my mind. Of all the things I wish I really would LOVE to visit one of these cities around Christmas, with the street markets, warm food, snow, whatever else they have. Someone I love to follow on Instagram when to Bruges at Christmas and I was SO jealous! Montana has fairs somewhat but it’s a pain because all the places to stay are booked and are a long (1 hour or longer) drive. I actually just looked at my schedule to see if I was off from the Christmas Stroll in Red Lodge because I should just book a night now! I usually try to convince my friends with trucks to drive. Haha I’m such a baby driving in the snow. I just need to get good snow tires and be brave this winter.
PS dog lover/owner (ish - my parent’s dog really) but I LOVE all the water dishes for dogs although they are pretty dirty from the falling leaves and wind.
The last thing we did was go to Hilter’s Rally Grounds. We ran out of time to do the museum so we did a free little exhibit about the victums and that concentration/POW camps in Nurenberg. Even that ended up taking a few hours. Then we walked to the actual rally grounds. It felt a little weird walking where all those people marched and looking at where he stood.