Day 8: Nürnberg
Hello from Nürnberg, the mini-Bratwurst (sausage) capital of Germany and probably the largest city we’ve visited so far. Nürnberg is a walled city that was rebuilt after the war. It has all the amenities of a large metropolitan centre: not only McDonald’s, but our first Starbucks, North Face, and Nike stores. Chris was the first to break down and wander into the Starbucks [ed.: in my defense, I didn’t buy the coffee…]
Margaret will no doubt always remember Nürnberg as the place where she douced her purse in Coke, despite Sascha’s valiant attempts at a rescue. (He is everywhere!) The main square also featured an Albrecht Dürer exhibit on Adam and Eve, a Chinese parade, and more people than we’ve seen anywhere else.
The choir split up into a few groups. One went off in search of shoes and bras; another spent the day taking in the National Museum. The museum boasted remarkable collections of medieval artifacts (liturgical tapestries, stained glass, carvings, sacred vessels; burial artifacts, weapons; you name it), a Dürer exhibit, fashion through the ages, and a collection of over 600 musical instruments from the past millennium. Despite the heat, many choir members spent a lot of time here, listening to recordings of the old pianofortes and harpsichords in front of them, seeing how brass instruments were made, and more.
Nürnberg is apparently the Bratwurst capital of Germany. Many Phoenicians had there will here. There will likely be no more need for Bratwurst on the rest of the trip…
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