Our first stop in Europe was Nuremberg, Germany, infamous as a Nazi center of activity and for the trials of Nazi war criminals, but a lovely city to visit today.  We happened to visit at the opening of the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival.  This city is using its dark past as a tool to promote peace and human equality in the world.  Not only does it host the festival, German school children all visit the city during their education so they can learn first hand about the Nazi era.  A street below the main city square was lined with rows of luncheon tables that stretched on for several blocks awaiting the arrival of festival attendees from all over the world.

Later on, we saw smiling, festive folks sitting at the tables, enjoying their picnic lunches.

Later on, we saw smiling, festive folks sitting at the tables, enjoying their picnic lunches.

The main town square was full of booths and strolling visitors.  You could buy just about anything, from food to clothing and more.

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This booth offered just about anything you might need for cleanup around your home.

Many Nuremberg dogs shared the square with their people.  When I asked to take a photo, the people would smile, happy that I found their pets appealing.

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This beagle-like fellow tried to understand our English comments on his cuteness.

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This guy, a Havanese according to my friend Linda, asks the universal canine question, “Where’s my treat?”

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The owner of this gorgeous Borzoi was especially proud of his pet.

Talk about spoiling your dog!

Talk about spoiling your dog!

I wondered about how these supreme sniffers could stand the tempting aromas coming from the stands offering what we Americans might call “dogs” in a variety of types.  Of course I had to try some, and they were delicious.

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These are just a few of the wurst varieties being offered.

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The temptation that couldn’t be resisted!

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We saw this funny, enigmatic sign on our way back to our hotel–I have no idea what it refers to!

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This happy fellow in the museum is more than two hundred years old. His hinged head would be swung back to reveal fireworks within for a festival.

Altogether I enjoyed Nuremberg and felt encouraged that the reputation of the city has been completely “flipped” from being a symbol of Nazi power to one of international human rights.