For many years in the region, clothes indicated social status; at the museum, faded photographs and waxen mannequins display the color-coded hierarchy. Old people wore purple and black, young married couples green, and a little girl from this area would have worn her hair tucked into a little red cap. The valley is made up of farms, rolling hills and plenty of wooded areas. That night, we pulled into the pension we had booked in Kassel, farther along the route, only to find out from the owner that she had no rooms available. Kassel is a cornerstone in the tale of the Brothers Grimm.
They first moved there to continue their studies after their father died. In their free time they tracked down verbose storytellers. Over revitalizing beers brewed on-site, we watched an earnest story-telling reenactment in German by a blue-bonneted actress. The hotel is stocked with Sleeping Beauty-themed curios, serves rose-infused pasta and offers performances of the actual tale the accumulation verges on kitsch.
But the view from our large room — of green pastures, grazing animals and deep forests — spurred the imagination. The final leg of our trip, through the rustic villages of Lower Saxony, ended in Hameln, a movie set of a town with ornate Renaissance-era, timber-framed storefront houses lining cobblestoned, pedestrianized streets.
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A tour of the city is fittingly led by its famous savior-turned-avenger, the Pied Piper. Michael Boyer, one of the performers who inhabits the role, is an American expatriate who brings a combination of dignity and humor to his colorful patchwork costume and clarinet playing. According to the Grimms, the Pied Piper is legend which, unlike fairy tale, is fiction rooted in an actual place or historical period , but Mr.
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She loved the castles and the zoo, and was fittingly enraptured by the Pied Piper, but I wanted her to take something more away. As we got ready for bed at an airport hotel, my wish was granted. Kiss me and wake me up! Schloss Philippsruhe Philippsruher Allee 45, Hanau; ; schlossphilippsruhe. Located in the actual childhood home of Wilhelm and Jacob, the museum focuses on their home life, including a recreated kitchen.
An expansion is scheduled for Museum de Schwalm Paradeplatz 1, Schwalmstadt-Ziegenhain; ; museumderschwalm. This heritage museum focuses on the rich local textile traditions that include one of the most famous literary articles of clothing: the little red cap, which became a little red riding hood in foreign translations. The local tourist office arranges informative and funny Piper-led tours of the city.
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An earnest, if hokey, story-telling reenactment takes place every Saturday at p. While shelters are primitive and open structures three walls, open on one side , they provide protection from the elements and offer amenities such as tables, food stowage, nearby water, and sometimes privies. We will end the backpack trip with a farewell dinner at the Fontana Village Resort restaurant. We will spend the night in comfortable cabins and have a simple breakfast the next morning.
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The trip formally ends after breakfast. This carefully crafted trip keeps all our segments at about six miles, with exception of the last day when the hike is 10 miles, but descends 2, feet. While the entire hike will be on the well-maintained AT, carrying a to pound backpack amplifies the difficulty rated 2 of this outing.
Some 600 kilometers and 60 towns link to the Brothers Grimm
To enjoy this outing, you should be able to exercise comfortably at aerobic pace for a minimum of one hour. Walking is not necessarily a sufficient attribute for mountain terrain hiking. Previous camping and trail hiking experience is recommended. Besides your own personal-care items toiletries and utensils spork and bowl , no other special gear is required beyond what you would normally bring on a backpack trip. Tents are not needed since we will be sleeping in shelters. We will share the carrying of commissary gear cooking equipment, supplies, food , so please leave about pounds of allowance in your pack.
Upon signing up, you will be sent documentation about gear and recommendations for clothing and equipment. Participants are encouraged to bring a variety of clothing to Fontana Village, and, upon latest weather forecasts, choose what they bring on the outing. Extra items can be left in cars or at the lodge.
Traversing the Appalachian Trail across a section of the park will provide appreciation for the enduring conservation efforts needed for its preservation. Climate change, overuse and, in highly accessible areas, abuse can tax our beautiful lands beyond all available resources. We will practice Leave No Trace principles and do absolutely everything we can to protect this wonderful place. Understanding the challenges and responsibilities of conserving and protecting our public lands for sustainability and permanence is enormous.
We will discuss conservation challenges and share ideas and opinions. Skip to main content. More Photos. Highlights Hike across the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Enjoy themed dinners and fascinating storytelling Stay in cozy shelters as a small group of eight.
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Includes Farewell dinner and stay at historic Fontana Village. All meals vegetarian friendly. Ground transportation from Fontana Village to the trail. Overview The Trip The intoxicating beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains cannot be accurately described in words, pictures, or maps -- it has to be experienced. The Trip The intoxicating beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains cannot be accurately described in words, pictures, or maps -- it has to be experienced.
Itinerary The leader will make every attempt to follow this itinerary. Accommodations and Food We will start the trip at the historic Fontana Village at 1 p. Vegetarians can be accommodated. Trip Difficulty This carefully crafted trip keeps all our segments at about six miles, with exception of the last day when the hike is 10 miles, but descends 2, feet.
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