On Saturday I shared more of my Viking River Cruise down the Rhine with some last pictures of Heidelberg, Germany. We had just finished the day and were on the way to Strasbourg, France. Well, I saved a few iconic images that we found while exploring Altstadt and I want to give you one last glimpse of the scenic village of Heidelberg.
If you have been following along this journey with me you know that I love to photograph old doors and windows, so of course, many of these are some of the best I found while exploring Old Town. The one above has a sign below the mail slot stating no soliciting. How ironic that the window next to the door features and ad for Swiss Army Knives.
And often times, I find things in the image that I did not even know I photographed, like the hearts in this door image. I didn’t notice the large brass heart on the wall of the building. I may have noticed the heart on the wrought iron grate, but I didn’t notice the heart carved into the wooden door either. Or in the frame of the door below the transom.
The figureheads and lions on this door and that glass panel and that shade of green – there was so much eye candy in this shot.
A lot of the doors appeared to be doors within doors. So if you needed just to open the small one you could but then if you needed a larger entrance it was possible by opening the side panels.
Like this oversized door within a door. Even the upper portion appears to open in two halves. This one had a sign that you could not park here or you would be towed. Often times you would come across the Old World Charm mingled with new and modern pieces that showed this was an actual living city, not just a museum or made up place staged a certain way.
The scratches and peeling paint were from every day wear and tear.
And there were a lot of bicycles to be found here too. This was a university town so there were a lot of students and for many of the narrow streets, cars were not permitted so bikes would be the opportune mode of transportation.
Many of the buildings were brightly colored. The orange trim on this shop really stood out, even on a cloudy day.
The gate on the door was different. And there were not any screen doors. Maybe this would allow the doors to be open and still allow for privacy. Or maybe it was just decorative. I will probably never know.
There were lots of inviting cafes and lots of shuttered windows. And the shutters appeared to be working shutters. Many times here in America, shutters are just decorative. And there are not any screens on the windows. We found this in Ireland and Scotland too, when we traveled there in years past.
Here is another instance of where I had to take a picture of the cool shutters on these windows and didn’t notice the graffiti on the bottom of the one on the left.
Many of the shops would display their wares outside, like these lanterns for sale on a windowsill.
And we were there at Easter so there were many, many Easter and Spring themed window displays, like these adorable little girls dresses.
This lavender cart was a favorite of mine. The sachets and that huge sack of lavender smelled heavenly as we walked by.
This apartment window must have been where the resident Plant Lady lived. There were many windows with window boxes full of flowers, but she used almost every available space on this little bay window.
Another pretty window with blue shutters.
And then around the corner, a pair of windows with pretty blue shutters and a pair of bikes. Truly a scenic cityscape of Heidelberg!
And there were odd things and touristy things available in the gift shops but these ACTUAL POSTCARDS from Heidelberg warranted a photo themselves. I am not sure what the fascination with hairy armpits and chests has to do with Heidelberg. Oh, the hair was some kind of fuzzy fabric so these were touchable. We had a good laugh at the “foreign to us” humor. I was really glad I took a picture of this. I had completely forgotten about them until I was going through my pictures so it brought back a funny memory again.
And that was it, our day finally ended in Speyer as we watched the sun set on the river, ending another exciting day on our journey through Europe down the Rhine River.
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