As our long-term readers may have noticed, while traveling, we attempt to notice and capture unusual and intriguing details that make each city unique. The infinitely charming, and meticulously preserved village of Bacharach was fertile ground for detail, and was a photographer’s dreamland.
Terri – bless her curious heart – has always had a penchant for wandering down back alleys, and this habit didn’t change in Bacharach. On one of our alley ambles, we discovered these ancient looking two-tone doors, which captured our eyes with a wonderful combination of colors and textures. Who knows how old they are, but in a historic town like Bacharach, anything less than 100 years old is probably considered new construction.
Bacharach and the Rhine Valley are well known for their centuries-old wine tradition. After some experimentation, we settled on trockener wein (dry wine – red or white) as our favorite. This simple display in a wine shop window taught us something about wine: how the corks are made.
The Medieval guild signs used by shop owners in Rothenburg were artistic advertising, and a glimpse of everyday life in the Middle Ages, but the shop signs of Bacharach took a definite humorous turn.
My read on this comical sign is that it tells the tale of the big one that go away. The artist must have been a member of the Guild of Fibbing Fishermen.
And the Pension Binz is clearly a B&B.
Chicken on tonight’s menu?
The colorful art on this gable indicates that this house was built in 1420. I’ve always been amazed by these half-timbered buildings; that’s timber as in wood rot and termite food. The fact that such a concentration of 600 year-old houses has survived is incredible to me. They must be a tremendous labor of love for the owners.
We had to include this photo, if for no other reason than to have the chance to use the term shutter dogs. Engineers us the term “dog” for a tool that prevents movement – hence: shutter dogs.
No Medieval village could function without money, and The Old Mint was there to keep the economy afloat.
Bacharach left us with a pleasant feeling, and after our experience there, we can definitely recommend it as a travel destination. The residents are welcoming, they have a a strong sense of history, and a willingness to make a place special. And it’s all in the details.
James & Terri