Friday 8/11/06 (Pt 1 - Regensburg)
Friday morning we woke up to Regensberg (Rain-town, it should be a Seattle sister city), one of the oldest cities in Bavaria. There are remains here of the Roman occupation, including walls and arches from the time of Caesar Marcus Aurelius in AD 179. The city was wealthy throughout most of its history, largely from the salt trade, and contains many homes and churches from the 12th and 13th centuries, including the 1000-foot Stone Bridge. It is a beautiful city, with the perfect blend of the modern cosmopolitan tastes surrounded by medieval architecture. Of all the cities visited so far on this trip, I have felt most at home here. We visited St. Peter’s Cathedral (the first non-St. Stephen’s so far) which was built in the Gothic style in the 13th-15th centuries – most other churches we’ve seen so far were baroque, so this was a dramatic and welcome change.
Photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/bassclef1