We hated to leave Rothenburg and Cafe Wunderbar with it’s Internet connection to the real world (!), but the famous university town of Göttingen was calling. Eva’s cousin lives here and we haven’t seen her in nearly 20 years. Our VW navigator guided us right to the front door of their new penthouse, within walking distance of the ancient city center.
What a good visit we had with Gudrun and Wolfgang as we spent hours on their balconies catching up with family news as we plumbed the wine cellar and enjoyed great meals outdoors. Eva’s other cousin and sister of Gudrun, Sabina and her husband Wolfgang, came up by train from Karlsruhe one day for a fine reunion of the cousins. We so enjoyed seeing them all again.

After taking leave of kin in Göttingen we had a chance of a peek at the famed Harz Mountains, home of many spooky legends of witches and trolls, and the highest mountains in northern Germany. Up, up we climbed until sunshine left us and we were surrounded by swirling fog and cloud.

Foggy on the Brocken

Foggy on the Brocken

It was cold, too, when we took a hike down a steep rocky trail through mixed conifers.

Along the trail

Along the trail

Harz conifers

Harz conifers

So many trails

So many trails

After all too short a time we felt compelled to turn back and continue on our way as the ancient half timbered town of Goslar was calling.

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