Oh, the bats. All night we felt the swish of furry bat wings around or foreheads. But by morning we were still there, with all our blood coursing through our pulsing veins.

Some weeks ago I envisioned that this would be the case, but it turned out to be swallows that swished about instead of vampire bats, not known in these parts.

Aalen turned out to be a spot for rest, to digest what we’ve been doing and to recharge for the next busy leg of our trip. Our room was quite nicely appointed, as it turned out.

A tidy little bedroom for three. Kinda cute, no?

A tidy little bedroom for three. Kinda cute, no?

We were lucky to have access to the terrace from our second floor room, where we took dinners from our shopping bags.

Our "private" dining room

Our “private” dining room

Yummy eats, especially the gluten free rye bread.

Yummy eats, especially the gluten free rye bread.

Because of the name of our hotel, I began to look for round things on our walks, coming up with things like these:

Manhole cover surrounded by well placed cobblestones

Manhole cover surrounded by well placed cobblestones

Not to say that we didn’t spend most of the time walking here, there and yon.

A children's ride in the heart of town.

A children’s ride in the heart of town.


A wagon wheel on Wheel Alley

A wagon wheel on Wheel Alley

We got to the gates of the fine museum of Roman antiquities but failed to muster the strength to enter the full exhibit, just nibbled at the teasers in the lobby and peek over the fence at the extensive excavations of Rome’s largest cavalry unit north of the Alps, back in about 200AD.

The Roman fort

The Roman fort


Right next to the Roman museum was the city cemetery where we decided to cool our heals.
Town cemetery

Town cemetery


Then we strolled around randomly.
A bright Catholic Church

A bright Catholic Church


An opticians

An opticians

A modern building downtown

A modern building downtown

A 16th century building, like so many others here

A 16th century building, like so many others here


Then the time came to leave town for points north.

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