August 25, 2011
When Germany was known as the Holy Roman Empire, it was less a country than a patchwork of autonomous kingdoms, a place where millions of German speakers pledged allegiance to hundreds of flags. The medieval Empire included states with great expanses of land, like Prussia, and duchies with limited influence, like Hamburg and Brunswick-Luneburg. The center of scholarship in the region was (and still is) Heidelberg, the castle town that one of our members saw fit to document in pictures. Our Photos of the Week are a nod to the sorrows of Werther.
The bridge that crosses the Neckar river is a marvel of engineering. When the camera-ready sararevell took a stroll along the riverside boardwalk, she captured the bridge with a girdle of yellow buoys. All we need now is a boat to pass under those spacious arches.
Photo by sararevell
Narrow streets are a hallmark of genuine medieval cities. While exploring the streets of the downtown, Sara tried to capture the quaintness of an alley in the shade. If scenes like this are outdated, we may be officially old-fashioned.
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Posted by tdbeckwith (Thomas Beckwith)