We got home from our spring break trip last night but we had one last day of site seeing today.
Our friends Steve, Amanda, and their beautiful little girl Reagan were in Nuremberg for the day. When Steve and I took world history together in college I never imagined that we would tour some of the sites many years later with our daughters in tow. Our professor told us that we would have to come up with and correctly spell the long German words on our exams and if we didn't think we could do it then we could just drop the class right away. He made an impression!
They are vegetarians too and it is tough to find vegetarian food in Nuremberg unless you want to pick up a falafel to go. So, the only place to take them was Chesmu. We were a little bit apprehensive about taking them there because the last time we went it took three hours to get our food. Their daughter is 17 months old and that's a long time for a little one to sit in a restaurant. This time we were hurried through because we didn't have a reservation and they were busy. There was a large group celebrating a first communion. Kenny and I both had the tofu, potato pancakes, and a salad. Sophia had the carrot and peanut soup with a salad. The food was delicious and we were in and out quickly. Sophia got ice cream on our walk back to the train station.
The first site we visited was Courtroom 600 where the Nuremberg Trials were held. The museum offers audio guides with different programming for adults and children with the entrance price. Sophia was surprisingly interested in the site because she wanted to know what happened to the bad guys in Anne Frank's Diary. We toured her hiding place just a few days ago.
Next we saw the unfinished Congress Hall, the largest preserved national socialist monument. It is an imposing structure even though it is incomplete. It seems strange that the spring fest with its celebratory atmosphere was just outside.
We walked around the lake to get to the grandstand where Hitler used to address the crowds. It was strange to have my daughter stand there.
We said goodbye to our friends, happy that our paths could cross briefly in our crazy lives as military families.
We popped into the fest for a quick ride on the ferris wheel so that our day did not end on a melancholy note. We didn't have time for any fest treats because we had to get back to our train, but Sophia got some gummis and I got some tea from a vending machine on our platform. I love that vending machines here spit out tea. Don't know that I would find that in America.
And with that Sophia's spring break is over and it's back to real life tomorrow.