Tam Coc Ninh Binh, Vietnam. 2008
Miltenberg is on the Main river next to the Odenwald Forest. There are many half-timbered houses that have been masterfully restored. Most of these buildings are from the 15th to 17th centuries, and our guide was clearly very proud of the maintenance and restoration of these buildings. The town is rife with taverns, and many local villagers were enjoying beer from their local brewery all along the main road. Our guide loved to mention which buildings and businesses the local brewery either owned or managed.
In Miltenberg, our cruise director set up three different guided walks: 'Gentle Walkers', a group to see just the town, and a hiking group that would go up the mountain to the castle. If you know me, you know I'm never going to miss a good hike. So we joined the hiking group, and after our stroll through the main part of town, we walked through a narrow archway in the old city walls, and found ourselves in the forest. An easy ascent of maybe a mile, and we were at the inner walls of Miltenberg Castle with a spectacular view of the town and surrounding area.
Some light hiking up to the castle
The Witch's House
After walking back down the mountain, we passed by the Jewish cemetery, and re-entered town through an arch in the medieval town wall. One of the first structures to our right was what our guide called "the Witch's House". Apparently, they kept witch's here until their execution.
Born and raised in the travel industry, Avery clings to a unique and profound drive to explore the planet's people, their cultures, history and architecture, as well as natural settings, landscapes and ecosystems. Outside of his upbringing in the travel industry, Avery's higher education mainly consists of Environmental Biology and Anthropology; his knowledge in both greatly influence his travel.