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Europe » Germany » Saxony » Chemnitz December 31st 2017

- It's called 'Rettungsgasse' - Pardon, me? - Yes, it means leaving space for the police and ambulances, just in case. I was in awe... after about 15 years of coming to Germany at least once a year, I still discover new things and that's one of the best things about travel. We were trapped in a traffic jam and cars were driving over the hard shoulder line, leaving a big gap between the two actual lanes (Rettungsgasse literally means 'rescue lane'), something that I had never seen before and didn't know why they were doing, so it turns out that Germans are so organised that they make space for the police and ambulances, even if they are not coming. As a Spanish, I was so surprised by this level of organisation, as in Spain, it's ... read more
Chemnitz Christmas market
Chemnitz Christmas market
Chemnitz Christmas market

Europe » Germany » Saxony » Chemnitz October 1st 2015

While we are staying here in Chemnitz, we've enjoyed some days filled with family, friends and lots of food! Ines and I enjoyed a nice afternoon and dinner together in Dresden while Ralf had meetings. She loves her city is always such a wonderful host. We had a night with friends at the local brewery for some of my foodie favorites. Each time we visit it's a regular stop! Martina and Johannes had us to their home for a delicious lunch and some nice relaxed time to catch up. Johannes is not able to travel by airplane any longer so we are taking advantage of our visit here in Germany to spend as much time together as we can. Later that evening, Friedi, Anja, and Fabian hosted us for a barbeque at their bungalow. Fabian is ... read more
Dresden Harvest Market
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Braumeister Schnitzel

Europe » Germany » Saxony » Chemnitz June 15th 2014

One of the things I love about spending time in Germany is the people, Despite the language barrier, they are such a hospitable bunch, always going out of their way to make me feel welcome here. Ralf's friends and family have always welcomed me with open arms and the more time I get to spend with them, the more I count them among my own friends and family. It's not always easy to keep up with the conversation, and thank goodness for a few that try to speak English with me and for Ralf's conscious efforts at translation, but I never feel excluded. My German is coming along but it is my hope some day to be able to speak more fluently. So far during our trip this time we've had a chance to spend time ... read more
Ralf and Bernd enjoying a cigar after sauna
Dinner at the little resturant right near the bungalow
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Europe » Germany » Saxony » Chemnitz June 13th 2014

Spent the day at Martina and Johannes home in nearby Gersdorf for a wonderful lunch of creamy zuchinni soup, pork tenderloins, goulasch, noodles, boiled potatoes, garlic bread (just a few carbs!) and strawberry sundaes and more wedding cake for dessert! The weather was great but the pool was a bit cold. Only Alec and Johannes were brave enough to get in! After lunch, we took another city tour of Chemnitz to see some of the sights we had missed the day before. One highlight was the Karl Marx statue gifted to Chemnitz by Russia and recently adorned with painted German flags on the head of the statue in celebration of the upcoming World Cup Soccer Championship. We also went to the Chemnitz square which is home to the Opera House, Theater, and St. Petrikirche Church (1888) ... read more
Hotel Schloss Rabenstein
Hotel Schloss Rabenstein
Lunch at Martina and Johnannes House

Europe » Germany » Saxony » Chemnitz June 6th 2014

After a nice family breakfast at the hotel, we headed for Chemnitz. Our first stop was the city center where we did some exploring and shopping. Next, off to the bungalow and to get the kids checked into their room at Hotel Schloss Rabenstein, a beautifully restored hotel with a view of a Castle which belonged to a Count from the area. Not bad digs according to Jamie and Alec, especially considering the staff called to make sure they didn't want any breakfast and folded all of the clothes they'd left strewn around the room! We took a nice walk out in the woods to an observation tower, climbed all 200 stairs to enjoy the breathtaking view of the region, and then ventured on to a quaint chalet style restaurant nestled in the woods for a ... read more
Chemnitz City Center
Chemnitz City Center
Chemnitz City Center

Europe » Germany » Saxony » Chemnitz June 4th 2013

The rain and grey skies continue here in Chemnitz and throughout much of Germany as I understand. The flood waters are residing here but other areas are being hard hit. Some villages are completely underwater so we are thankful the worst of it seems to have passed for now in Chemnitz. As a result of all the rain and flooding we've had to make changes to our itinerary to see Buchenwald and the Mosel wine region of Western Germany. Maybe we will get a chance for a little travel this weekend but right now there is much to be done here and many other areas have had so much rain that planning an itinerary to avoid those areas may be difficult. So the blog won't be so interesting this time but at least will post updates ... read more
Clean-up efforts
Clean-up efforts
Clean-up efforts

Europe » Germany » Saxony » Chemnitz June 2nd 2013

Rain Rain Go Away! More on that in a minute but first a few details about Johannes 80th birthday party, our main reason for this trip. The party was held at a Gasthaus about 20 minutes from here. Martina is a "hostess with the mostess" by nature so the dining room was beautifully decorated and well stocked with an amazing variety of food and drink. This was the first time we've seen Johannes and Martina since their time in Florida. I recognized several of their friends and family from other events but several others recognized me from the hours of video and photo footage they've been coerced into watching from the 2 month Florida adventure. All very nice people and my German is getting a little better so am comfortable with greetings and small talk. Additionally, ... read more
Ralf, Ines and I
Dancin Fools
More Dancin Fools

Europe » Germany » Saxony » Chemnitz May 30th 2013

Blessed to be back in Germany! The main reason for this visit is to celebrate the 80th birthday of Ralf's dad, Johannes. We arrived Tuesday morning and by the time we got settled at the Bungalow, we were just in time to enjoy the Tuesday sauna tradition with Ralf's friends. Such a nice group of people and the more I get to know them, the more we are able to communicate, even without a common language. For some reason, the adjustment to the time change has been more difficult this trip but after a few sleepy days and long naps, today (Friday) I finally feel human again. Also contributing to the drowsiness has been the very cold, grey weather. This morning it was only 45 degrees in Chemnitz...brrrr...I know Minnesota family and friends, you are feeling ... read more
Walk in the Woods
Observation tour
A long way up!

Europe » Germany » Saxony » Chemnitz December 12th 2012

In tradition, we spent Tuesday night at the sauna and then to the Greek resturant afterwards with a group of Ralf's friends that has had this tradition for years. This time after the outdoor sauna people would go out of the sauna cabin and jump in the snow or rub the snow on your body and then back in the sauna for another treatment, then on to the relaxation room for a beer or wine., then repeat this three times. Afterwards a nic relaxing dinner at te Greek resturant in nearby Limbaugh. Prior to the sauna we enjoyed some time in the festively decorated hotel lobby at the Folklorehoff and then at the home of Ralf's friend Friedi, his wife Anya and baby Fabien. That little guy really likes me! Can't wait for grandkids some day....Jamie ... read more
Relaxing at Folkloreof Inn
Relaxing at Folkloreof Inn
Folkloreof Inn

Europe » Germany » Saxony » Chemnitz December 11th 2012

Last night we had the pleasure of celebrating Martina's 74 birthday. Her and Johannes hosted a festive party at their home with a catered dinner comprised of all the traditional German favorites: weiner scnitzel, tongue, meatballs, filets, potato croquettes, potato salad, and so much more! Such nice people! One man in attendance was 95 years old and he danced the night away with all the others. Again, despite none of the other party goers speaking English, I felt very much included and welcomed. A few even tried their hand at a few English phrases and I did the same. In honor of the event, I learned a new German phrase...Alles Gute zum Geburtstag...Happy Birthday!... read more
Martina's Birthday Party
Martina's Birthday Party
Martina's Birthday Party




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