Ladenburg, stepping into the past šŸ˜Š

Ladenburg is about 25 Kms from Walldorf. Vinay, Advaith and I went there one afternoon. There are so many beautiful towns in Germany.Ā  Gayatri, Vinay and Advaith hadĀ  been there and thoughtĀ  that I should see the place. After parking the carĀ Ā  we walked towards the Neckar river flowing peacefully by.

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IMG_20171229_200809Many people were taking their afternoon walks, some were jogging and others were walking with their dogs. There is a cycling track. There is a view point structure to see the river flowing by. We met an elderly couple, the gentleman told us he been to Lucknow and Varanasi. A very sweet couple, we parted wishing each other a happy new year.

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We then walked to the old town. A weekly market was being held. We walked on the cobbled streets with beautiful houses on both sides. The churches have an old worldly look. Of course, they are very old.

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I was remembering Timeline by Michael Crichton.Ā  As we walked along I could not stop being amazed by the colourful Fachwerk buildings. Many had the year of their construction engraved on them.

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Gayatri tells me it is a rule in Germany that the owners of the old buildings cannot change the facade but they can renovate inside the house in any way they want to. And they also get some tax reduction. This is really good because these beautiful old buildings get to be preserved. It is such a joy to see them.The old stone streets and colorful half-timbered buildings , lots of twists and turns of the cobbled streets take us back to the medieval times.

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The Internet is such a blessing in so many ways. We can read so much about the places we have visited or would like to visit. Before going to Ladenburg I had read that itĀ  is about the most colorful and best preserved of the towns on the Neckar River.

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Years of reconstruction and renovation have restored much of the city’s old wall, and it displays its old Roman heritage proudly.
It is true.

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Ladenburg is on theĀ Bertha Benz Memorial Route.Ā  TheĀ Bertha Benz Memorial RouteĀ is a German tourist andĀ theme routeĀ inĀ Baden-WĆ¼rttemberg and member of theĀ European Route of Industrial Heritage.It opened in 2008 and follows the tracks of the world’s first long distanceĀ road tripĀ in 1888.
Dr.Karl Benz moved to Ladenburg in 1906Ā  and just like his cars, he knew a good thing when he saw it. He lived there till his death in 1929.

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We walked on for about an hour . On our way back we bought some cheese and a small pumpkin in the weekly market.Ā  I am really glad I got to see this beautiful place

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. Twice a week I used to go to a home for the mentally challenged . But I have not gone there since March 2020. I will start going there again but I do not know when. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

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