15 June ’04, Tuesday. If we have learned anything on this journey it is that you will find lot’s of wonderful surprises at each and every village, town and city we pull into. Bamberg Germany is by no means an exception. Our campground is on the Main River bank. I would say there are approximately 200 + rigs here with a little more than half being permanent. That is pretty common here in Europe. The Europeans have so many great campgrounds to use that they will pull their caravan (average camper trailer in US) into their favorite location. They live fairly close by so that they use it as their second home in most cases. If the campground closes in the winter then they will have to move everything out until next season. The season usually runs from April to November and will cost around $900-1200 per season plus electrical. Well getting back to Bamberg…Louise and I walked out to the entrance to the campground and there was the bus waiting to take us into town for $1 EU each. We were dropped off in the center of town and it was really quite a ride. First the streets here in the old town area are very narrow and even with that they will allow cars to park on one side. With the large buses it is quite a challenge for the driver to weave through. After a short walk we were in the Grote Markt which is a traffic free area and filled with all the shopping your heart and pocket book can handle. Surrounding the Markt are buildings from a great history and each has it’s own story to tell. As we walked through one of the city gates which has a rushing river under it we noticed the remains of a white water kayak event. A tour through the “Lower” and “Upper” Parish Churches and the Bamberg Dom proved to be a wonderful event. Each church has it’s own personality and valuable pieces of history to be proud of. The city dates back to the 15th Century. Bamberg also host’s a large contingent of military families from the U.S. Tomorrow…..Closer to Prague.