Having spent several weeks collecting vouchers for airmiles in The Times I realised that they must be used by the end of March so I took the opportunity to visit my daughter, Rachel, in Heidelberg, Germany. I used Lufthansa from Heathrow, which flew directly to the main airport at Frankfurt – a much better option than the cheaper flights that go to Hahn! I was met by Rachel, Bernhard and Carlos at Mannheim and driven to Leimen (home of Boris Becker), where I was promised a fantastic pizza. Unfortunately the pizzeria is shut on Monday evenings and so we went instead to a Spanish restaurant aptly named Carlos, where we ordered a large mixture of tapas.
The next day Rachel and I made our way by train to Worms, which neither of us had visited before. We spent the day as sightseers, visiting the Dom and ambling through the streets. In the evening Rachel used some of her spices acquired on her African working trip to make a tasty Moroccan apricot and chicken tagine, which was cooked on the balcony, as the weather was so nice.
On my last day in Heidelberg Rachel and I went on a marathon walk around Heidelberg, stopping in the market square at lunchtime to sit in the fantastic sunshine and to enjoy a hot dog and a good German ‘Fass’ beer.
It was an early rise on the final day as I was meeting a friend in my old ‘home town’ of Aschaffenburg. Veronika is a town guide and is also one of the guides for the exhibition on Cranach, which is taking place in the town until June. I was treated to a personal guided tour of the exhibition before a hasty lunch and back on the train to the airport. Finally I arrived home in the evening, tired but but happy of having enjoyed a few days holiday.