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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Mainz


Today we took a train ride down to the city of Mainz. Mainz is a pretty ancient city, originally built by the Romans back in 38 B.C.

It was an interesting trip, although Mainz pretty much seemed like a "Super Sized" Bonn. Both cities are on the Rhine. Both have a cathedral at the town center, both have a pedestrian shopping area, both have a favorite son (Beethoven for Bonn, Gutenberg for Mainz), both have a farmer's market, etc.

The experience of the day, however, came at the end. Outside the train station they had set up picnic tables, and there was a live Oom-pah band playing German folk music, accordion and all. I bought a 2 foot long sausage from a street vendor and we sat and ate our huge sausage while listening to Oom-pah music. It was like something straight out of a Rick Steve's program.

1 Comments:

At 8:27 AM, Blogger DEO&I said...

It's all about authentic, isn't it!? It's like having your French host shudder in horror as you tear bread with you mouth instead of your hand. How primitive! You can't find that sort of cultural authenticity anywhere but within the culture itself. Love it.

 

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