We took the hour drive to Idar-Oberstein. The scenery common, Stretches of Vineyards. All getting read for the Grape season. Side Note I will be touring a Vineyard in May. We would also pass by other towns. Paul and I commented on how centralized everyone lived and then around the towns it looked like the land was quilted. So beautiful.Even though nothing was growing yet.
We also discussed how many times our breath has been taken away by beauty. You look out into what you assume is farming land. You see this tiny Podunk town and yet there are these massive churches. The detail and beauty you can see from a far. You know these took years to build and have been added to as time has continued on. Just amazing the care they take with the building.
I had done some research before we left to visit this beautiful old town. I love the vibes it gave off. I love all the market places we have visited. Everything is central. People are out and about daily to buy local products and support the community. For those who don’t know Germans buy breads, fruits and veggies, meats almost daily. The size of their fridges are those that you would see in a dorm or studio apartment. Next time we go to Ikea I will take a picture. So they have an awesome legend that you can read here.They are also known for Spiessbraten and are considered the capital of Gemstones. That rings true. I can’t wait to go back so the kids can mine and I want to get pictures of all the beautiful gemstone art. The lady said to come back in a few weeks and the market place will be filled with vendors.
We arrived and there was plenty of parking our family likes to be out and about by 10 am to beat some of the afternoon crowds. When you drive in you see the castle and the church in the rocks. It is just lovely. I was in awe and my breath was held. We Parked and I snapped a photo on my phone to post to facebook. The kids kept can we go can we go. Just let me get my big lens to take a picture. So impatient. We walked our way through an alley which was neat. It had all kinds of German sayings on it. Unfortunately it didn’t photograph well. Once in we were in the market place. Gemstones everywhere. The kids had a blast running about. We really enjoyed watching them. We found the pathway to get up to the church. It is nothing but stairs so bring your walking shoes. The path to the castles were paved and steep. Bring a bottle of water you will want it. Trust me I speak from experience.
The original Idar Oberstein Spiessbraten Restaurant is there and I can’t wait to try it. I have to get better at my German before we attempt. I will be hitting the Rosetta stone hard the next few weeks. It really is a place to visit. The Museum has some amazing post cards. I bought 6 for 1 euro. Which is good. I will be using those in our scrap books. Here are some photos from the rest of our day. There will be more for wordless Wednesday.