Published: September 11th 2012September 11th 2012
Europe and United Kingdom Trip - May 1993
Family and everyday life took over for a while until we could combine a business trip with a holiday in Europe and visit family in the UK. This was the REAL thing! I was going to places that I had only seen before in photographs of other family members travels. A lifetime opportunity for us that we thought we would never have again. But I was torn between excitement and torment. This time I would be the one leaving someone behind - our young sons of about 9 & 7. It would be for an entire month. When I look back, I cannot believe I did that! Fortunately my sister, who sacrificed so much to do it, could look after them, and there is no one else I would trust more with my children than her, and she would do a far better job than me, anyway. It still wasn't easy, but once the plane took off, there was no turning back so I set out to enjoy myself, as I didn't think I would get a chance like this again.
Postcards from Germany
View of Nurnberg from the hill
We had to go to Neumarkt & Nürnberg for business for a few days before we could do our official trip. The people in Bavaria were very hospitable to us. While Paul was working I walked and roamed around these two towns as well as Regensburg & Munich.
Neumarkt where we were based,is a quaint little town in the countryside, with it's cobbled streets and little shops and I spent many hours exploring it. I was looked after very well by Paul's business associates' wives and they took me to Nürnberg and Regensburg and showed me around. Very helpful to have a German speaking person with me as my school-German vocabulary is very limited and I could only remember a few words and most certainly can't converse in German.
Nürnberg has its own castle built somewhere around 1105! Very interesting to see.
Unfortunately most of it was destroyed during the second world war but was restored to its historical form.
In Regensburg I was shown a little sausage house on the banks of the Danube river dating back to the 1300's - take-aways restaurant from way back! Apparently the people building
Fountain at old fish market
the bridge over the Danube used to buy their food there while they were working.
I took the train to Munich and spent the day walking around and watching the Rathaus-Glockenspiel in Marienplatz. At certain times when the clock strikes, 32 life sized figures re-enact stories from the 16th century accompanied by 43 bells. Typical tourist attraction, but was lovely to watch and listen to the bells.
I seeped in some history and culture but was missing my sons! So, to ease my conscience and feelings I went shopping - for toys for my sons - talk about bribery! Their were some lovely handmade toys that we would never get at home and I hoped they would enjoy playing with them. Paul of course went for far more interesting toys for them - model Ferrari's and Porches, which was a hit with them. In the evening I would be joined by Paul and we would go out for dinner with some of his German business associates, enjoying the good German fare. Amongst other dishes we sampled beer, dampfnudel (dumplings) and bratwurst - so different to our local sausage. Spargel - fresh asparagus was in
Bridge over the Danube river
season which we enjoyed as we had only ever eaten tinned asparagus at home.
All too soon this leg of our trip was finished and it was time to head to our next destination - more business for some people and more exploring for me in Amsterdam!