The wonderful thing about living in Europe is that other, interesting cities are only a short train ride away. Today we took a trip to Ulm, which turns out to be the most appealing example of the German tendency to blend modern and ancient styles. The city center is compact and walkable; the cathedral is impressive, even for Europe. We found an assortment of sidewalk cafes and pedestrian walkway along the Danube, shops and more cafes scattered around the city center. There were, in fact, so many cafes that we had some difficulty finding a place to eat a full lunch — which we definitely needed after climbing 768 stairs to the top of the Cathedral spire. Ultimately, we found a Spanish restaurant, which was about to close its kitchen but had a few limited — and it turned out, delicious — lunch options available.
More photos are here: http://paigemorrison.smugmug.com/Travel/Ulm