After the Glüwein’s gone…

Oh, the humanity!”

OK, maybe not on that scale, but it’s a tragedy when you’re hoping for one last cup before headed home, only to discover that they’ve shut down the Weinachtsmarkt.

But then again, that’s the best time to get some photos, especially when they turn off the glaring lights on the Käthe Wohlfahrt pyramid, which just hours before was lit so bright that it overwhelmed the surroundings and made for horrible photos.

The nice thing about long exposures (20 seconds in this case) is that you really do not get a feel for how hard it was snowing at this time.

And that was before it really started coming down.  We woke up to 4+ inches on the ground the next morning.

Wow!

It still amazes me that I get paid to live here.

With thousands of years of history (although what you see in the image is since the 12th century AD), there’s always something new to learn and experience.  All you have to do is turn down an alley.

From left to right – the Heidelbergschlöss (Heidelberg Castle) up on the hill; the gateway to the Alte Brücke (Old Bridge), which I was standing on; then the Heiliggeistkirche (Holy Ghost Church, or Church of the Holy Spirit) just behind.