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Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Ludwigshafen am Rhein September 11th 2013

We awoke today to chilly rain which did not support today's main events - shopping in Frankenthal or a longer bike ride. Instead, Brian went for a run (it was actually very pleasant) and Amy did her knee and neck exercises (physical therapy). Today was also a good day for Brian to catch up on his reading - dog aggression. Did you expect something else? When the weather finally cleared, Brian and Amy went for a walk around town and did a little work (just a little - we've been very good so far). By that time it A break for a quick story..... For today's wine snack, we ate some salami from the Wurstmarkt (see pic) but there's a story behind the salami. Amy spotted said salami hanging in a booth and Brian decided ... read more
Family Dinner

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Ludwigshafen am Rhein September 10th 2013

We woke to a drizzly, gray day. Today, while Eva, Peggie and Jerry went shopping, we went for a bike ride to the town of Frankenthal. It was much cooler today, only 15 degrees Celsius. We were brave until we got to the busy road where cars were zipping around us and we were without helmets. We decided to park the bikes and walk around the town. We also had to warm up from the cold breeze that was a little more than we planned when we left the house. It was market day in the square so we got to see all the fresh fruits and vegetables and walk and shop a little. You can see some pictures from our day. The gnome probably found his best chance at love but we weren’t willing to ... read more
Teddy Bear
The Goat (part II)
Ms. Gnome?

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Ludwigshafen am Rhein September 10th 2013

Today is designed to be a quiet day. We caught up and posted the blog. Today we included some pictures of Aunt Eva’s garden so you can see her beautiful flowers. Brian went for a run, Jerry walked loops around the park while Amy did her exercises there. We went for a trip to the REWE, better known as the “R-store” to track down some Cola-light (better known as Diet Coke). Brian was going through withdrawals. He also managed to locate some microwave popcorn. On our walk around the neighborhood, we found an interesting Mini-Cooper. Maybe our green one is too boring. The gnome liked the skull design. He’s also discovered he likes wine very much. He thinks having lots of it may help with his search for a girlfriend. Aunt Eva made “lecker” (tasty) Chinese ... read more
Eva's Garden
More garden
Aunt Eva

Today we headed to the small village of Dirmstein where Brian’s cousin Karin and her husband, Roland, live. We went to watch a local parade. Aunt Eva’s son, Uli, was also able to come so it was a nice treat to get to see him. The town and parade was very cute and quaint – a little like a Leonardtown parade. There were fire trucks, bands, and political floats and they gave out candy, popcorn, popsicles and fresh “new” wine like grape juice. Then we went to a mini-Wurstmarkt, a baby local version with music, wine, bratwurst, brotchen, crepes and rides for the “kinder”. One of the bands from the parade tried an impromptu concert right next to us (see Aunt Eva’s and Amy’s faces) and drove us back to Karin’s house where we could visit ... read more
Nice hat
Fall festival

We woke to more sprinkles so everything was wet and the snails and slugs were out. Brian went for an early run and Amy went for a walk around the neighborhood. One of Brian’s distant cousins, Christy, from America is stationed in Germany and is an Army MP. She came around lunch for a visit and brought here little two-year old boy. We didn’t get to spend too much time with her but the Aunts had a nice visit while we were gone. Osse and Nik (the dog) came to fetch us to attend a local bike race. Over 500 brave souls raced “Klapprads” (folding bikes with no gears). They raced 6.5 km up the 673m tall Kalmit mountain - in crazy costumes! This is an annual event and the theme this year was Winter. We ... read more
Polar Bears

We woke up to a little rain. A small front must have come through because Amy had one of her headaches. Another hearty breakfast and lovely soup for lunch. Everything tastes better here. The sun came through later and we decided to explore a little of Edigheim. We always get lost when we walk around here and this time was no exception. We recovered quickly and got home in time for a short nap before we headed out for the evening. Tonight’s big entertainment is in Bad Durkheim, along the German Wine Road. One of the landmarks of Bad Durkheim is the world's largest wine barrel. We’ve been here before on earlier visits and decided to document it again with Brian and Osse. It holds 44 million gallons of wine but has been transformed into a ... read more

It’s a little hard to get up on time here but we all rolled out for breakfast by around 0830. After a German breakfast that’s more like lunch - brotchen (fresh rolls), ham, salami, cheeses, liverwurst, etc, some exercise was in order. The weather was great – blue skies and very warm so Brian went for a short run and Amy went for a walk and did a workout in the park. Brian saw some excitement with a big bus catching on fire. He turned a corner, saw flames shooting up in the air and scampered back the way he came. We also took a trip to the grocery store (the “Rewe” which is pronounced some way that neither of us can say!) and found time to take a little nap and read. Britta, Anna and ... read more
Gnome dating

Apologies in advance for our late start on the travel blog. We’re filling in a few days after the fact. We hit the ground running in Germany and haven’t stopped! Our trip started off in typical Brian and Amy fashion. We got to Dulles in plenty of time after dropping Edge and Skye at the kennel. “Griffito” is staying with Aunt Silvia and Uncle Robert. Cedric the Gnome is making the trip with us. He’s decided to look for a German girlfriend. Ray Solt fixed his brother up with an “angel” so he’s been a little jealous. We hopped on the bus at the long term parking but when we got to the terminal we missed the right spot to get off – even after we’ve both been to Dulles hundreds of times. Classic. We made ... read more
Wine 30 2

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt June 29th 2009

We had an early breakfast at 6am so we could catch the airport shuttle back to Frankfurt at 7am. It's a good thing we left early, because traffic was at a standstill around the city. Still got to the airport in plenty of time. Peggie and Jerry had to wait much longer since their flight was later in the day. We're sure our driver was trying to be helpful, but he sent us to the wrong place. We asked several times but he kept telling us that United was in Terminal 2. We still had a weird feeling as we dropped off P&J at Terminal 1 for Lufthansa. United and Lufthansa are partners so it seemed strange but away we went. We walked and didn't see it. Then we asked and they sent us to the ... read more

Europe June 28th 2009

Our bed and breakfast Hotel in Wetter includes quite the breakfast - everything you could think of with fruit, muesli, yogurt, meats, breads and cheeses. Amy, as usual, can’t resist the bread, salami and cheese but she woke Brian up with her choice. We were sitting at breakfast and he kept wrinkling his nose saying “What IS that smell!?” It turns out, one of the cheeses was some kind of stinky Limburger - it had to be removed from the table for the good of all. We all gathered to be picked up at 10am to go back to Gabi’s but didn’t see anyone. Another couple with us called and Phillip, who is 10, answered the phone - we figured he was the only one able. Everyone was up late and the house was just waking ... read more
Rapunzel Illustration
Amonau Bridge
Shaggy Dog Unicorn

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