Photos: One family's RV trip through Europe
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Day 1( Tom Gorman )
We ask GPS to send us to Heidelberg, Germany. En route, it takes us to Trier, the oldest city in Germany, once protected by a towering stone gate erected by Romans in the 2nd century.
After a 30-minute hunt for a parking spot large enough to accommodate us, we find space along a residential street half a dozen blocks from the historic section. An old man approaches us, shaking his hands wildly and shouting in German, pointing to a street sign that says something we don't understand. We smile and walk to the Roman gate and take the first of what will be thousands of pictures.
By late afternoon we reach Heidelberg. The GPS doesn't recognize the address we type in for the campground, but a street sign depicting a tent points to the riverfront. After settling in, I discover that our little refrigerator-freezer hasn't frozen ice for my evening Scotch and Drambuie. The camp store clerk says he doesn't sell ice. I say I really need some. Why? For my Rusty Nail. Tell you what, he says. I'll get you ice if you pour me a Rusty Nail. Deal.
Pictured: Roman ruins in Trier, Germany