Yesterday we drove down to Speyer to visit the aquarium Sea Life. Emily has never seen fish or anything and I was so excited for her. Sea Life was tiny and packed, but it was a cool place to see. There was even an giant octopus. Emily however...she did not want to be lifted up to see ANYTHING or move into other exhibits, okay! Mostly she just wanted to climb on things and play with other kids. And maybe some toys in the gift shop. But that's it! Looking back I think she was just hungry. The rest of the trip went pretty well.
The sleepy city of Speyer, like many old German towns, is very charming, leafy, and walkable. We went for the fishies, but stayed to stroll and take in the 18 century buildings in the wide cobble stone pedestrian zone. There is a huge Dom on one end and a tower on the other. I tried to get a good picture in front of the tower, but ugh, photobombs everywhere.
We spent the evening weaving through carousers and minstrels in Heidelberg. We had dinner at Trattoria Toscana. I highly recommend it for romantic outdoor dining. We could barely read the menu though; Cody ended up with spaghetti tossed in an assortment of sea creatures. 0.o
There are several little shops built into the cathedral.
It was good little trip. We also stayed overnight in the tiny village of Walldorf (as in Waldorf-Astoria), where the prominent Astor family originated. If my conversation with the hotel staff was any indication, I am the only person to realize this fun fact, and definitely the only person who cared. We didn't get a chance to walk around, but from our map, it looks like a ton of stuff is named after Johann Jakob Astor. Or as the hotel clerks said, "Who?" It ain't easy being nerdy.