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As you know this week is my Spring Break.  Hubby and I had a day where we could go and explore.  We picked someplace close to home.

During early Spring in Germany, we experience a lot of rain.  We are use to it.  If you wait for a ‘perfect’ day, well…. you will be waiting a while.  Get the proper gear and go for it!  That is what we did.

We love history.  We love old buildings.  I guess we live in a great place for that!

We visited an old monastery in Maulbronn, Germany. Or as the Germans say a kloster.   Bare with me why I share a little history.  It was founded in 1147.  It is now an UNSESCO site, which is pretty cool.  I had to keep reminding myself that this abbey was built without machines.  The term man made was evident everywhere we looked!

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Entrance ticket!!!  So worth the money!!!

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Here is the entrance.  Pretty impressive!

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I’m warning you now, I was very fascinated with doors.  For some strange reason, I took a lot of pictures of doors!  This was/is used to gain entry to the kloster grounds.

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The abbey is surrounded by these beautiful old buildings.  I just fell in love!

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Hello, abbey.  It still amazes me that these buildings were made by ‘hand’ and are still standing.

Let’s enter the abbey.

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When you walk along those stones, you cannot help but wonder who walked there.  What were they thinking.  Who were they.

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Inside the church were these dark pews.  Here is what the ends looked like.  Incredible.

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This is another room in the abbey.  The walls were huge.  I wanted to capture some of the paintings on the walls.

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Same room but different side.  Loved the columns.

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Here is better view of the ceiling.  I’m a sucker for hand painted anything.

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We entered another room in the abbey.  The sun was shining through the windows for a very brief moment.

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Closer look at the columns and beams.  After reading Pillars of the Earth, you have to appreciate the work and the engineering that it took to make this wonderful structure.

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We found this intriguing.  A very deep crack in the pillar due to water.

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As we were leaving the abbey, I turned and saw this door.  Of course, I went over to see if I could get in.  Nope.  But I thought it was stunning.  The stone work, the cobblestones, the knobs….

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As I said, the abbey grounds had many old houses.  I just love the wood and stucco.

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This was my favorite scene.  The buildings that represented life for the kloster connected by these lovely worn stairs.

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Yes, another door.  But this one is different!  There are actually five openings.

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I do not know if you can see, but hanging on the building is a witch on a broom.  Attached to the gorgeous red shutters, are brooms.  Pretty cool!

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Final door!  Love the window box full of flowers.  The anticipation of growth is just tingling.

Hubby and I had a wonderful time walking around and appreciating the architecture of this place.  It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

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