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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Last Stop - Wurzburg

After leaving Rothenburg, we drove to the gate of romantic road, Wurzburg.

Wurzburg city straddles the River Main some 60 km north of Rothenburg, so we really got to go with no delay. When we reached the exit leading to town, we've got some confusion. Our confusion get bigger when we were driving in the heart of its city.



Wurzburg is a bigger place than our expectation. In fact, it is Bavaria's fourth largest metropolis and the capital of Lower Franconia. Like every big city around the world, the road system inside the city center are for sure complicated, plus the alien word signage, busy traffic, even the excellent driver had to surrender.

We had tried many ways to try to get out from spinning around the unknown roads. There was a time when I had to wind down the window before a traffic light, and asked a motorcyclist who stopped next to us for direction; also, there was a time we had to stop by a road side and discuss the map with a woman....In doing so, we got to use sign language to facilitate the communication. Gee, it was tough.

When we finally had located the Novotel Hotel that husband had booked on line, it's 6 pm already. We all felt mentally exhausted. Anyway, after off loading the baggage, we went to the old town straight away. Thank God the sky won't turn dark before 9 pm.



For the people who is traveling the Romantic Road, Wurzburg Residence is one of the essentials landmark to visit. Once this palace had served as a home for Wurzburg's powerful prince-bishops family, today the Wurzburg Residence attracts visitors as a famous World Heritage site.

The Bishop's crest.

In 1981 the Wurzburg Residence with the beautiful Court Gardens and Residence Square was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, said to be the most homogeneous and the most extraordinary of Baroque palaces.

Since the time was getting late, we couldn't tour the residence. Instead, we strolled through the beautiful garden outside it.

One of the sculptures in the residence garden.

Side view of Würzburg Residence.

Anyway, the residence's chapel (Hofkirche of Residence) was still opened to the public at that time. So, we walked in quickly to take a look.

The interior of the church is richly decorated with paintings, sculptures and stucco ornaments.

"mom, I want to eat my candy first..."

"not until you go to pee and wash your hand first..."

The amazing decoration of the interior makes it to one of the finest examples of religious art in Wurzburg.

We sat there for some quiet moments, then left the chapel.

In front of the statue of the Bishop.

The little thing that the boys were holding is a soft toy that was given by Novotel Hotel, as a welcoming gift. William had declared it as his best friend almost instantly. So, I asked him what its name? He thought for 5 minutes long, then he told me its name is "阿鹿" (ah deer). How "creative" he is...

Front view of Residence.

Strolling around this place, it's hard to believe that 90% of the city were destroyed in a 20 min bombing in World War 2nd, March 1945. In a miraculous rebuilding program, almost every major structure has been restored as well as the World Heritage Wurzburg Residence, which was suffered serious damage in war.

The Fortress Marienberg is the castle on a hill across the Old Main Bridge, overlooking the whole town area as well as the surrounding hills.

It would take about 20-minute to walk up the wine-covered hill before reaching the Fortress Marienberg. Well, we really were too tired to walk that distance. So, we just hang around the Old Main Bridge for a while.

Würzburg's Old Main Bridge (Alte Mainbrücke) was built 1473–1543 to replace the destroyed Romanesque bridge from 1133. It was adorned from 1730 on in two phases with well-known statues of saints and famous persons.

Along the Old Bridge is a line with many nice statues of saints and is known as the oldest bridge still existing over the Main River.

Another saint. Don't know who he was?

Well, I didn't get to see many romantic scenes or romantic couples walking on this bridge, except Vincent and I.

A lovely balcony-restaurant as backdrop.

Actually, we would love to take our dinner over there. Unfortunately, the place was fully occupied, and we don't think we could get a table soon enough. So, we walked down the street a little bit and finally settled down at a open air restaurant for dinner. Dinner for that night was pizza and spaghetti.

Our stroll in Wurzburg old town was ended at the Church of Our Lady (Marienkapelle).

In fact, this also represent the end of our vacation in Germany too. Same like past years, I will store those wonderful memories internally (my mind) and externally (my blog).

Again, thank you for hubby who made this trip a very successful one (must polish his shoes hard). The 3 of us are very look forward to the places he will take us to next year.


Fionne Chong said...

Nice journey, I am looking forward to see you guys at your next trip too. Vincent and William are very fortunate to follow you round the world like this. Wish I can drop by HK one day and pay a visit to them. :)

Gargles said...

End of Austria/Germany trip for us too. Good thing for us is we don't get the hangover from it so far.

What's next on the travel list? Give us some hints first.

jessylee said...

Fionne, yeah lo, kids nowadays are really lucky.

Back in my time, I don't know there is a place out there called Austria or Germany...all I know is Ipoh and Kampar.

Do call me if you happen to drop by HK one day.

jessylee said...

Gargles, finally dust go to dust. I need to wake up and get back to real life lo.

Haven't mapped out the travel list for the next yet, not so soon lah. Seeing the world condition these days, who knows if tomorrow will be our armageddon?

Fionne Chong said...

On and off i read William and Vincent's blog, I am really touched for they have a mother like you. We have been growing up together, bumped into each other's life on this journey while we were young, now our concern is totally different, how time flies... I am really happy for you. Your role as a good mother and great wife is something out of my reach at the moment, yet a good model for many of us here. Hug.

jessylee said...

wow Fionne, what a big hat you have been giving me here.

I think I'm just an ordinary mom, nothing much to brag about wo. As for the boy's blog, I want to make it as a gift to them when they grow up later. Also, I do it for fun only.

Yeah, you and I have kept each other's good company when we were young. Although life has drifted us apart, I'm glad the friendship remains.

It really doesn't matter what our role is, as long as we live a happy life, and we stay integrity.

CY said...

Need to check out your sons blog too. Didnt know they also blog. *Hangs head down in shame*.
Anyway, like my sis says, glad no hangover! Post more pics, OK?

jessylee said...

CY, my sons are not that smart to blog yet. Their mommy does lah...just for fun only (hehe)

Anonymous said...

The statue that you didn't have a name for is Pipinus, though I don't know any other information about him.

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