We love staying in traditional hotels in Germany. These are a disappearing breed, as the younger generation doesn’t seem to be interested in the hard work required to operate an historic inn and restaurant. Brutal hours, responsibility for an historic structure and not exceptional monetary compensation are reasons why these jewels are closing all over the land. We are fortunate that the owner of the wonderful ‘Zum Baeren’ in the heart of Meersburg, Germany keeps tradition and history alive in his inn, built in 1605 on foundations going back to the 1250s. When there, we try and put our guests in one of the two tower rooms. Last night, Christina read in the tower while sister Jennifer caught some sheep on the other side of the alcove’s curtain.