Pfiff is German for Something Special
We spent a couple of nights in Paula’s ancestral town of Eppingen, not far from Heilbronn and Sinsheim in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Eppingen is well-known in this area for its wealth of beautifully-preserved half-timbered houses. Some are huge, such as the “Baummisches Haus,” dating from 1562 and now a lovely small hotel and cellar restaurant with extensive outside seating. We stayed in the adjacent hotel and had our breakfast in the slightly canted house. The owner explained that the house leans not because of its age, but because of design. A house which leans slightly back from the street is more stable. Better to lean back a bit than to fall onto the pedestrians! Gorgeous late summer weather enhanced our stay with brilliant sunshine. A festival celebrating the potato added a fun touch. Jim introduced Paula and Bob to “zweibelkuchen,” or onion tart. It’s served warm and in the late morning sunshine, makes a great “zweite fruhstuck,” or second breakfast.
Built in 1562 by a butcher. Kids of butchers and bakers were lucky - they always had plenty to eat in times when others went hungry. The house was never plastered over, as was the case with the other half-timbered buildings in town. Therefore, it is exceptionally well-preserved and features many carved details lost forever when a house has a thick plaster coat applied.
Pre-reformation paintings in the town church
Baked goodies in the marketplace
Happily watching the world go by