Ulm (21 – 22 July): 768 steps and as many slugs!

On 21 July we drove to Ulm, where the central square is dominated by the highest church steeple in the world.  The weather was threatening but we set up the piano and Vroni managed to play for a few minutes to the delight of several people and dogs, before rain set in.  We took the opportunity to climb the 768 steps of the steeple.  The pictures speak for themselves.

The Münsterplatz, Ulm, where Vroni played briefly.

The Münsterplatz, Ulm, where Vroni played briefly.

The Münsterplatz, Ulm, where Vroni played briefly.

The Münsterplatz, Ulm, where Vroni played briefly, before it rained.

Ulm Cathedral - too high to get it all onto a photo from where I was standing.

Ulm Cathedral - too high to get it all onto a photo from where I was standing.

View from Ulm Cathedral spire #1.

View from Ulm Cathedral spire #1.

View from Ulm Cathedral spire #2.

View from Ulm Cathedral spire #2.

View from Ulm Cathedral spire #3.

View from Ulm Cathedral spire #3.

View from Ulm Cathedral spire #4.

View from Ulm Cathedral spire #4.

Inside Ulm Cathedral spire #1.

Inside Ulm Cathedral spire #1.

Inside Ulm Cathedral spire #2.

Inside Ulm Cathedral spire #2.

Inside Ulm Cathedral spire #3.

Inside Ulm Cathedral spire #3.

Inside Ulm Cathedral spire #4.

Inside Ulm Cathedral spire #4.

Eric in Ulm Cathedral spire.

Myself in Ulm Cathedral spire. Thanks to Vroni for the picture.

That evening, after a lovely meal at my friend Claudia’s place, a Rebus DVD and much

Claudia showed me a bit of her neighbourhood.

Claudia showed me a bit of her neighbourhood.

This was curious.

This was curious.

In memory of a person or a pet?

In memory of a person or a pet?

throwing of slugs (they were attacking her vegetables en masse, and I hurled them over the hedge onto the roadside verge, my hands covered with the most tenacious slug mucus I have ever encountered!)

One of the many slugs I removed from Claudia's vegetables.

One of the many slugs I removed from Claudia's vegetables.

Throwing a slug over the hedge onto the grass verge outside.

Throwing a slug over the hedge onto the grass verge outside.

Showing some of the day's pictures to Claudia's friend Ulrika.

Showing some of the day's pictures to Claudia's friend Ulrika.

One of Claudia's attractive paintings.

One of Claudia's many attractive paintings... seemingly innocent when seen from a distance but see the close-up below...!

Detail from one of Claudia's paintings.

Detail from one of Claudia's paintings. It shows a plane heading towards a nuclear power station, highlighting the dangers of nuclear power. In view of 9/11 and recent events in Japan, this scenario seems both far from impossible and extremely worrying. What do proponents of nuclear power have to say?

Claudia took me out to her favourite bar: Rosi.  This rock and roll-themed place had a bizarre light fixture.

Claudia's favourite bar:  Rosi.

Claudia's favourite bar: Rosi.

Claudia in Rosi.

Claudia in Rosi.

The friendly barmaid who served us although the bar had supposedly closed for the night.

The friendly barmaid who served us although the bar had supposedly closed for the night.

The strangest light fitting I have ever seen.

The strangest light fitting I have ever seen.

One of the decorations in Rosi.

One of the decorations in Rosi.

Claudia also showed me where she works.

Claudia also showed me where she works.

I got to bed much later than planned but managed to get up at a reasonable hour for our drive to Bayreuth.  Thanks to Claudia for a wonderful time.  I look forward to seeing her in Edinburgh in August and September!

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