Heidelberg, Germany Day 78

Some sunny flowers for a not so sunny first day of summer.
Wildflowers in Heidelberg, Germany.
Wildflowers outside our hotel.
The heart is a very prevalent symbol in Heidelberg. The chocolate shops all carry some version of the “Heidelberg Heart.” Here’s a poem I saw in one of the shop windows.
Over and over again,
Cupid goes about his work.
Heidelberg is his favourite domain,
with many nooks in which to lurk.
Well hidden in an old town lane,
waiting for pairs, perched above,
until the time comes, he takes his aim,
and shoots them with his arrow of love.

Bright, blazing hearts will then ensue,

hope and passion now endorsed,
as, for those special chosen few,
love shall start to take its course.
Heidelberg Herz chocolates in Germany.
Heidelberg heart chocolates.
Cool statue in Heidelberg, Germany.
This is a great sculpture in the square right below the castle.
View of the castle from below. The earliest castle was built around 1214 and later expanded into 2 castles circa 1294. Parts of it has been destroyed by lightning bolts not once but twice, and fire and war ravaged other parts of it. You have to take a small cog railway to get to the top. Or you could walk, but this girl has already walked far too much… I take my opportunities to rest my feet when I can now. I’ve learned my lesson.
Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, Germany.
Looking up to Heidelberg Castle.
Street scene in Heidelberg, Germany.
The beautiful streets of Heidelberg.
Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, Germany.
The exterior of the castle. Isn’t it romantic?
Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, Germany.
Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, Germany.
You can clearly see the different periods of the development of the castle over time in this shot. It has been built and re-built so many times, and only certain parts have survived.
The Nectar River in Heidelberg, Germany.
View overlooking the Nectar river.
The Nectar River in Heidelberg, Germany.
The Nectar River in Heidelberg, Germany.
Wine tasting room in Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg, Germany.
The wine tasting room inside the castle. I actually didn’t taste any wine, I was all about beer on this trip.
Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, Germany.
I was blown away by how beautiful this tree was. I’ve never seen anything like it!
Beautiful pink tree in Heidelberg, Germany.
Street scene in Heidelberg, Germany.
Bruckenaffe Bridge in Heidelberg, Germany.
This is the Brückenaffe, AKA the bridge monkey of Heidelberg. Legend has it that if you rub his fingers you will return to Heidelberg one day, rub the mirror he is holding for wealth and rub the mice (that sit beside him) for fertility.
Heidelberger Studentenkub in Heidelberg, Germany.
See, romance is all around here!
Gummy bear soccer match in Heidelberg, Germany.
Gummy bears playing football! This is for my mom, the great lover of the gummy bear.
Cute black dog in Heidelberg, Germany.
This dog got some loving from me! He reminded me of Wilson and Puckling!
Street scene in Heidelberg, Germany.
Quaint little Heidelberg cobbled street.

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