Monday, January 15, 2018

Rothenburg ob den Tauber: Part four-- Sushi, Sunday services, and sunshine!

Sunday morning, we woke up feeling great.  Because we took it easy Saturday night, we were well-rested.  My little dietary indiscretion at Roter Hahn successfully ran its course (literally) and as a bonus, we had sunshine!  One of Bill's co-workers told him about a great sushi restaurant called Louvre, located in Rothenburg.  It's been ages since we last had sushi and even longer since we got to enjoy it while sitting in a restaurant.  I knew I didn't want anything heavy for lunch, so Louvre seemed like the perfect choice for Sunday's midday meal.


A sunny picture of the brewery.

But first, we took another stroll around the city and visited areas we missed on Saturday.  The weather was delightful.  I'm told it was grey and cloudy in Stuttgart on Sunday, so I am equally grateful we got such pleasant weather.  Rothenburg is pretty when it's cloudy, but it's even more gorgeous when the sun lights up all the gold hardware on the signs and rooftops.  It looks like a showplace.  Below are some pictures I took on our lengthy walk around town.


Although Rothenburg is a tourist friendly city, like everywhere else in Germany, things close on Sundays... at least during the low season.  I did notice Der Schottenladen had Sunday hours posted on its Web site, but they were not open yesterday.  Still, one can window shop all day...



This tower is close to Louvre, a lovely Japanese restaurant...


This is Louvre.  It wasn't quite ready to open when I took this photo.  Japanese cuisine is served, but there's art on the walls.  I guess that's why they call it Louvre!










I'm so glad the sun came out so I could get these pictures of the beautiful countryside.  It reminded me a little of Asheville, NC.

At about 11:30am, we arrived back at Louvre.  We were the first customers of the day.  We quickly learned that it's a good idea to make a reservation if you want to eat at this place.  Not only is it popular, it's also very small.  The dining area only accommodates a small group of people at a time.  We noticed there were a couple of reserved tables, though fortunately, there were a few tables left open.

An adorably tiny Japanese lady took our order, bowing and smiling the whole time and very courteously correcting us when we murdered the Japanese pronunciations of the dishes we ordered.  Although we had sushi, we noticed they had several options available that weren't sushi.  One of the groups who came in after us were having ramen, soup, and other cooked delights.  We were very happy to eat sushi, though.  It was fresh and delicious and very inexpensive!


Bill checks out the menu.  It was hard to make a decision!



I liked Bill's "Kin" dish better than my "Dai" dish...  His sushi came with fried shrimp!


That salmon sashimi was so fresh... and the tuna and avocado rolls were a bit spicy.  I really enjoyed this lunch, even if I did overload on protein a bit.  


I liked the tables at the restaurant.  I didn't get a picture of our booth, but it was set in cement blocks like the one pictured above.


This was the painting hanging by our table.  There is artwork all over the dining room to go with the beautifully prepared sushi rolls.



We enjoyed Japanese beer, too.  Nice change of pace!

All told, I think our lunch came to about twenty-five euros.  It was probably the cheapest of the meals we had in Rothenburg and definitely the most enjoyable!  Next time we visit Rothenburg, we will have to go back to Louvre.








Just beyond the arches is a lovely park.




We also visited St. Jakob's Church, a Lutheran place of worship.  Their services were to start at 2:30pm, so we were able to tour the church.  We paid five euros to go in, but were allowed to take pictures and take an informative leaflet that was printed in several languages.  There was also a guide there who was telling visitors about the church, but he was speaking German.









Oh, how I love the sound of a pipe organ...  My mom was a church organist for over fifty years and every time I hear an organ, I think of her.  She is still living, but stopped playing organ about ten years ago.









Pull my finger...  obviously, a lot of people have judging by how shiny it is.




After lunch, we decided to check out the Criminal Museum.  More on that in the next part.


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