Kirsten & Steve Vaughan


Kirsten & Steve Vaughan

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Dusseldorf December 6th 2019

Christmas Market Day 4.... & coming home It’s St Nickolas Day...... It was the night before St Nickolas day and all through the Zimmer, not a creature was stirring, not even Kisty. You get my point.... I wake up to a squeal from Lori’s room, I’m thinking, someone has come in and got her, so I immediately lock my door. Sorry Lori, Yes, I finally came out and everyone is safe. St Nickolas came last night; gifts were hanging from our doors and our breakfast area was totally set with an AWESOME German breakfast. We all sit down to breakfast asking each other did you do it? No, I didn’t, did you? It was a wonderful breakfast. YEAH! I Believe, I Believe...... However, today is also a sad day, all things must come to an end. ... read more

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Fulda December 5th 2019

Christmas Market Day 3.... It’s St Nickolas eve It’s 8 am and the covers have just been pulled off of me, good thing I was in my toasty PJ’s. Kirsten says get up Tinker Bell, we have a full schedule today. I roll out of bed clinging to any warmth within reach. Kirsten smiles and says You know what today is? Before I can even think of an answer, she squeals it’s St Nicolaus Day eve! Ok, for all you NON-Germans, this is a big day, mark your calendar for next year. Again, as I float from my room pulled to the kitchen by the aroma of German coffee all the way to another awesome German breakfast. Everyone is sitting around the table very excited if not more than yesterday. Yes, it’s hard to believe but ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Nuremberg December 4th 2019

Christmas Market Day 2.... WOW, I wake up to someone rubbing my foot, it’s Kirsten. She smiles and says good morning sleepy head. I rollout of bed and get ready for another day of chasing after St Nicolaus. As I walk from my room to the kitchen, the aroma of German coffee is leading me all the way to an awesome German breakfast. Everyone is sitting around the table talking about yesterday and where we’re going and what we’re doing today. Me... I’m smiling knowing all I need to do is get my navigational orders keyed it into the MAPS and operate the Apple Car app. And you thought I was important, LOL. Today we will be visiting two Christmas Markets. The first one is Bamberg, our second is Nuremburg. Lots of driving today, however the ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Motten December 4th 2019

I wake up around 1 AM, Kirsten is still sleeping; well I think she is. After an hour of trying to fall back asleep I get up and hang out in the kitchen and do some paperwork. Around 3 AM I’m starting to get tired and head back to bed. Around 8 AM I wake up and Kirsten is already up and dressed, get up sleepy head we have a busy day ahead of us looking for St Nick. Ok, Ok, I roll out of bed at the very moment my feet hit the ice-covered floor, I let out a squeal and fall back into the bed retreating to the warmth of my covers. Yes, its freezing over here and yep, I’m awake now. Kirsten walks out of our room shaking her head saying, “such a ... read more

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta December 2nd 2019

It’s 6 am and Kirsten is up and showering, I’m next. We have just got home last night from Thanksgiving at Pine Mountain like we do every year. And we are already loading the car for Christmas Market, yes.. you read it correctly. We have planned to join Lori and Sam in Germany this year and enjoy Christmas Market with them. Lori and Sam left Thanksgiving Day and flew to Dusseldorf. They have a head start on us but were all meeting at the house Kirsten rented, close to Fulda. We packed our Thanksgiving suitcases along with our Germany suitcases before going to Pine Mountain so to make it easier to get out the door this morning. So, the adventure begins.... The car is loaded, and we are pulling out of the condo, I don’t think ... read more

We wake up, Kirsten and I both rollover and grab another hour of sleep. That last hour always seems so good. Over breakfast, Kirsten suggest renting e-bikes again and continuing to explore the Black Forest. The young man who rented us bikes the other day remembers us and has them set up in no time. Kirsten and I climb on and off we go toward Alpirsbach. It’s all up hill but with these E-Bikes it comfortable and enjoyable. Around lunch, time we arrive in Alpirsbach. This is where the Hops Fest was held last week. We hang out at the Bier Garden, have a hardy, relaxing lunch then were off down the bike path to explore the afternoon away. We stop and have a bier and then we stop again and have coffee and cake and ... read more

It’s Sunday morning. We always sleep in or at least try to in Winter Haven. This morning is no different, I roll down the shades blocking the sun before it comes up. We finally roll out of bed and have a light breakfast. We cleaned up after breakfast and climb into the car. We’re heading to Karlsruhe to meet up with cousin Eva and Swen to check out a few more fests in the wine region It’s raining, we’re dragging. That’s ok, it’s Sunday. Before we realize, we arrive in Karlsruhe at Swen’s office. Eva and Swen are there and waiting for us. Swen shows us around his new office. Swen used to be an Avis dealer and is now a Sixt dealer. Yep, is office is Orange, Orange, Orange. He has some pretty nice-looking cars ... read more

I wake up and ease myself out of bed, I get my clothes and close the door behind me. The shutters are down, I put a towel up against the bottom of the door to keep light out hoping that Kirsten will get a good sleep in. I get busy and start preparing breakfast, it’s not that big of a deal, make the coffee, get the brochens out, set up the cheeses and meats on the plate. Put the pot of water on the stove to boil the eggs. The coffee is done, the table is set, birthday cards are on the table. Sit back enjoy some coffee because the phone will start buzzing everyone wishing Kirsten a Happy Birthday. Birthday cards .... let me tell you this story while we wait on Kirsten. Weeks before ... read more

Kirsten has been going and going.... so, this morning, not a creature stirred not even a mouse.... Yea, we sleep in, no calls from Bea, and shutters were put down to block the sunrise. I believe it was 9 am before we rolled out of bed. Both of us sitting at the table wanting the other to make coffee, finally Kirsten caved and made us a pot of coffee. Thank you, Kirsten, I’m so used to my Keurig coffee maker. We are dragging yes; I believe I have kept with Kirsten until even she needs a rest day. Thank God! We eat breakfast and by the time we finish, Kirsten is perky. Me, I’m looking to take a nap before lunch. I want to walk up to the Beer Garden above our apartment and have a ... read more

Kirsten is up and is busy making noise in the kitchen. When I can hear Kirsten making noise in the kitchen without my hearing aids it means GET UP. I’m up and stumbling toward the smell of fresh coffee, not just any coffee but Rich German coffee. Kirsten is smiling and pecking at her iPad if her status report is 3 days late. Who are you talking to? Holly .... Holly! Yes, her, Joe, Maxine & Pascal are on their way to Italy and will be coming by us around noon. We’re meeting them at this Beer Garden I found right off A-5, I’m SOOO excited. Ok, whenever we visit Europe or anyplace actually, Kirsten always ask me “see anybody you know?” always! So, I’m always looking. It’s funny, but you never know, and yes, ... read more

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