I was blessed to have parents who served a combined total of 37 years in the US Army (Dad-30 Mom-7). My entire life was spent living as a ‘military brat’. My love for traveling came about while living in Germany for 10 years, and I have been dying to get back since leaving in 2003. An earlier post from this summer explained my eight year push to make it to London for the 2012 Olympics. When the hubs got wind he would have the opportunity to take 10 days off from work (getting time off at ANYTIME is not an easy thing to do for him) we JUMPED at the opportunity!

After settling in to our hotel in Schwetzingen, I took Jake downtown to see the streets I often shopped as a teenager.

Hauptstrasse

Hauptstrasse

While we were exploring downtown, I couldn’t wait to make it to the castle. The world renown Heidelberg Castle (Heidelberger Schloss) is a beautiful backdrop to the city. Our high school prom was held at the castle every year. How many people can say their high school prom was held inside a European castle?

The castle courtyard

Inside the castle’s wine cellar, you will find the world’s largest wine barrel! The Heidelberg Tun would be a great addition to any wine cellar. It holds 58,000 gallons of wine!

Heidelberg Tun

Heidelberg Tun

My old school, Heidelberg High School, is closing its doors after educating Department of Defense students since 1946. I couldn’t resistΒ  walking the halls one last time and visiting the gymnasium where I spent the majority of my high school years. Walking the halls for one last time was a great ending to my stay in Heidelberg.

Heidelberg High School

Heidelberg High School