We made our way down the Maximilianstrasse, stopping first at the tourist info place for a map. I also found a tiny little booklet of all festivals happening in the Pfalz this year, including wine festivals - mmm, that's important information! We also saw that Speyer was currently celebrating Brezelfest, complete with big rides. We never made it over to the fest though. The weather was already getting really hot. The shady side of the street was so crowded as to be irritating, while the sunny side of the street looked like a ghost town. Alas, I'm not one of the world's many lovers of hot weather. I hate it.
We stopped for lunch at a doener/Mexican joint right on the Maximilianstrasse, then headed into the nice, cool cathedral. We discovered that they have at some point since December (when Damon came here with labmates while I was in Mainz) added a 2 EUR charge for visiting the crypt, complete with some shiny metal gates installed. I supposed they got annoyed by having so many visitors here to collect their UNESCO point and not leaving any donations. The crypt is one of the most important things about the cathedral, so we went in. Several emperors are buried there. The cathedral also has some interesting relics, and they're not all hidden away in boxes - some are bones right out for you to see. There is a relic of Edith Stein, who taught for ten years in Speyer, and a shrine to her near the baptismal font. Edith Stein was a Jew who converted to Christianity and became a nun, and later was murdered at Auschwitz.
We walked through the cathedral courtyard and park afterward, stopping for more beverages and taking a look at the Brezelfest - from the shade. The whole fest was right out under the burning sun, and didn't look too busy. So, we walked through some other areas of the town and stopped in a couple of shoe stores - I'm looking for a new pair since mine turned out to have a lemon. Great brand, expensive shoes, but one of them broke. I guess I do walk a lot. Plus I really only wear one pair. Love shoes, no money for twenty pairs. I didn't have any luck though, as most of what was in the stores were junky sandals and runners/trainers. I guess I could go for athletic shoes in the end but I usually like something a little nicer-looking.
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|Speyer & More Jul 07|
At the end of the afternoon we headed back to Heidelberg on the train. You gotta love the S-bahn, full of screaming (literally) teenagers, grown adults painting their toenails right there in the enclosed space with you, and people sharing their favorite music with the whole train via boom-box. Always a treat.