Tubingen (15 June – 17 June)

215/16 June 2018: Stuttgart/Tübingen

Tübingen is a traditional university town in central Baden-Württemberg, Germany and we were invited by colleagues of Sylvia to visit them on the back of our Friesland boating trip. To be honest, I’d never heard of Tubingen and had low expectations for Stuttgart…

Our hosts were Uwe and Anke and they met us at Stuttgart airport together with Judith and Evan. Anke was Sylvia and Judith’s sandplay mentor and I expected a bit of a business atmosphere during our stay. Well it was so far from that! Anke and Uwe gave us such a warm reception at the airport and treated us all as long separated friends. It was so touching and humbling.

I’ll probably repeat this a few times but they were so generous and attentive for the entirety of our stay. They took us to see their town and the area, fed us, gave us warm beds and hot showers. What a marvelous couple.

They live in the village of Tubingen which is about 30 minutes outside of Stuttgart. They live on the top of a hill in a BLUE HOUSE and have a wonderful view of the village below:

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On the Friday evening they took us for a tour of their wonderful house and then fed us a magnificent traditional german dinner. We drank and ate up to midnight and then retired.

The next day we started with a 2 hour walk in the forest next to their house to a 1000 year old chapel in the woods (think “Hansel and Gretel”).

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Sylvia and Anke:

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The chapel:

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Have a look below at the sign on the bench. This is the first leg of our Camino de Santiago walk.

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Views from the top of the chapel hill:

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Straight after the chapel walk we went into Tubingen where Anke and Uwe organised a guided tour.

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The village dates back to medieval times and has an abbey, a castle, had kings (and their residences):

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In the Church, Moses (in the middle) has horns. It’s very controversial and not clear why he has horns – look it up, it’s quite an interesting debate.

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The town is very big on public flower displays:

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We then went to Bebenhausen Abbey which dates back to 1183. It closed in the 16th century as a result of the reformation and the king moved into it in the 19th century to use as a hunting lodge.

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This looks very “Game of Thrones”!

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Uwe and Anke then took us to a delightful outdoor restaurant in the village which was really just a few chairs on the sidewalk:

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The day ended at midnight again and the next day was breakfast and a rush to get us onto the train in Stuttgart.

Oh, here’s Uwe’s car, a classic 1970’s Merc. He gets many waves from fellow motorists who appreciate his taste.

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Thank you so much Anke and Uwe for a truly delightful stay!

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