Date: Thursday, July 17, 1958
Good luck on feeling fine after drinking ten glasses of wine the night before. John came down while I was getting dressed (just in my slip) to see how I felt!
Before breakfast, I went down to the post office to get my package – Mom sent some packages of soap and some wash-and-dri’s, $5.00 worth and it cost $5.00 to send them! John said, “Think of the wine we could have bought with that!”
We now have our own bus and a driver named Crispen who can’t speak a word of English. We left at 9:30 and got into Heidelberg at 2:00. After lunch we went on a tour with our guide named Peter.
I like Germany. The people seem very happy (they certainly like to have a good time). Heidelberg is quite hilly and full of quaint houses. First we went to Heidelberg Castle, went down to their wine cellars, and saw the statue of Perkeo who guards this “giant barrel”. Up on one of the terrace floors there is a man’s footprint, and if you step in it and it fits, you are unfaithful. John stepped in it, and it fit! He told me to try it, but Peter said all girls were unfaithful – annoying! Went to see the Student Prison with its drawings, and names all over the walls, and then shopping. Got a stein charm ($4.52), my spoon ($1.67), and three Hummels ($10.57)! After supper we went to the Red-Ox! What a time!
Heidelberg Castle (Heidelberger Schloss, in German) is said to have been constructed in the early 1200s and is considered a classic Renaissance structure. The castle is home to the world’s largest wine barrel – built in 1751, the Heidelberg Tun can hold 58,100 gallons of wine.
The castle as it stands now is not intact. It suffered not one, but two lightning strikes – one in 1537 and another in 1764 – both of which produced destructive fires. In addition, from 1688 – 1689, the palace was repeatedly attacked by French troops during the War of the Grand Alliance. Reconstruction efforts were never completed. Sadly, residents of Heidelberg used castle stones in new construction.