It's Payback, European Style! A trip to Bavaria & Austria for DIS friends! - Walking a Mile for a Cup of Coffee 7/11

I woke up at 2AM.

Of course.



I tossed and turned until around 3AM when I decided to play some games on my tablet. That worked, and by 4AM I was tired again and I slept lightly for another 3 hours.

I got up and got dressed around then, and went down to breakfast. I love me my Hampton waffles, and was super happy to find the Nuremberg sausages on the breakfast buffet.

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The buffet area here is nice.

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They have very good coffee from this fancy coffee machine. Which is what I wrote on that second day, come to find out, everywhere in hotels have those fancy coffee machines.

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I texted Magdalene to let her know I was up and going and she suggested we meet at the train station at 10AM. Our plans today included me checking out the museum at her work. You see Magdalene works at the Court House in Nuremberg. If you are not aware, Nuremberg is the location of the trials where the Nazi War criminals were tried and convicted.

I should have let her know that I'm a super slow museum person and we would have actually met earlier, but oh well! I also needed to pick up a few items. When I washed my hair this morning my conditioner felt a lot more sudsy than normal. Well that's because I bought shampoo of my regular brand and not conditioner. Doh!

Also Europeans don't turn on AC until later in the year. This was also a sticking point for me about booking this hotel. I'd read in reviews from last summer that the AC didn't work in the hotel. Magdalene said at the time of year I was visiting that really wouldn't matter, heat would be more important. I'm not sure if either worked in the room. But the window could open and I needed a small fan to move the air around the room.

I left the hotel a little early with the intent to visit the shop that Michael told me was the equivalent of the American Walgreens. So here’s looking back at my hotel.

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The train station was a bit further down the road from where I was staying. I walked another couple hundred feet and took this shot.

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That tower that you see….that’s another point of entrance to the city center. The only cars that can drive in there are taxis, and perhaps people who actually live there. I’m not exactly sure. There was mostly pedestrian traffic. The train station is directly across from that tower.

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I’m not sure if I said it earlier, but the train station is many things. It is a mini mall, has many place to eat and even grocery stores. I took a few snaps to show you all. And no, you are no walking into a giant Burger King, that restaurant is upstairs, see the folks dining.

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This is where Michael and I got lunch the day before.

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So I went to Millers in the mall there. They did have some conditioner, but no fan. When I met up with Magdalene she said she knew of a place we could check once we picked up the rental car.

We met in the train station and took the underground to her work. I have no idea which trains we took and whether or not we transferred. She's a whiz at getting around on public transport, and shortly we were at the museum.

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She told me to text her when I was done and we would get some lunch and go pick up the rental car.

The tour started in the actual courtroom where the trials took place.

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I don't have many pictures because it really wasn't a tour with much to see. After you paid for admission they gave you a little audio tour device for your language. I was able to use my earphones that I carry when I travel to listen instead of having to hold it to my ear. There were mostly a bunch of panels like this with a few pictures and a lot of dialogue on the headset.

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It was very comprehensive. The tour began before WWII and went into depth about the Hague and how it was established as one of the first entities to broker for world peace. It also talked a bit about how the National Socialist German Workers' Party viewed themselves. Following WWI, the League of Nations was established, but once Hitler rose to power he scoffed at these entities. He was able to seize upon the sentiments of the Nationalists and cater to their demands, which is how he rose to power so easily. In his mind the German people were superior and needed more land. It was their right to take what they needed. It was this desire to gain more land that eventually led to World War II.

And then the exhibits jumped to the post war era. They had pictures of the 24 war criminals and which counts they were indicted for. The counts were:

1) Conspiracy
2) crimes against peace
3) war crimes
4) crimes against humanity

Some criminals were tried posthumously, as they were either killed or took their own lives before the trial. All were found guilty on at least one count, many on multiple counts. Some were executed, others served prison time. Of those who went to prison and were released eventually, I think one of them lived until 1989.

The next part was absolutely fascinating. It was excerpts from the papers that actually proved their guilt. I was astonished that the Nazis wrote down the minutes and notes that they did! Their words were vile, and totally incrimiated them. I actually had to stop listening to these because it was at this point I'd already been in the museum longer than Magdalene had said it would take to view the entire museum. The areas of the museum were grouped by three digit numbers that you would key into the audio guide to listen to the specific audio clips. I was in the 200s when I texted Magdalene, she didn't know how much was left, but told me to keep going.

When I reached the audio clips in the 300s (no they didn't have 100 clips for each section, but they did have as many as 30 or 40 in the 200s.), we were now learning about how the trials themselves were conducted. There were prosecutors from the US, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union.

This was the first trial in the world that used simultaneous translation. Previously there would have been a pause while the translators read the information back and forth, but through the use of earpieces and other technology this was a state of the art trial.

We learned of the fates of the convicted men, the media response, and how the world viewed and understood this never before witnessed justice. There were more rooms which talked about the trials in the Pacific Theater, and how they later went on to try lesser criminals and hold them responsible for crimes. These were doctors who performed experiments, businessmen who just went along for the ride, and people who knew they were doing wrong, but didn't speak up.

I skipped most of the last section because I'd been there three hours already. (Originally Magdalene said it's about an hour and a half of material). But this last section talked about justice in the late 20th Century and early 21st century. There was a map of continents showing where war had broken out in the last half of the 20th Century. The only place that was spared was North America. And perhaps the North and South Poles.

There was more about things that happened in the first decade of the 21st century, and I think there was a movie playing at the end, but I’d already been there a long time, so I took the elevator down to the ground floor, turned in my headset and texted Magdalene that I was done.

She met me on the corner and we walked down the street to a cafe that I think she eats at fairly often. I had wanted to try Currywurst. So many people rave about it, and she said that this place had a good one. I ordered the Currywurst.

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She ordered the käsespätzle, and we decided that if I didn’t like the Currywurst, she would be happy to eat it. It tasted to me like a hot dog, in an odd sort of ketchup sauce. I didn’t care for it that much so we switched dishes. I very much enjoyed the käsespätzle.

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Then we were off to the airport to pick up a rental car. Michael and Magdalene do not own a car because the city is very easy to navigate with trains and on foot. It's one of those places where a car can be more of a nuisance than a blessing. Also you may ask if there is an airport so close why didn't you just fly there? Well I don't remember the details, but I did look into it before I actually booked my flights. I think the way it worked out, if I flew into Nuremberg I would transfer through Heathrow and my layover would have been 12 hours or something ridiculous like that. Since my last stop is Linz, and at the time I originally booked my International flights, the airport at Linz still had flights to Frankfurt, it made more sense.

Even with the train trips back and forth to Frankfurt, I still have the minimal time in transit overall by flying round trip to Frankfurt. But I digress.

After securing the vehicle we drove to an indoor mall, where there was a Media Markt, an electronics store. I found my miniature fan there. It was USB charged so even though it came with an EU plug, I can still charge it with my USB hub when I'm in the US.

Magdalene had planned to visit the butcher before we picked up the rental car, but since I took so long at the museum, she rung them up and reserved the cuts of meat we needed for dinner so that they did not sell out. Our next stop was the butcher to get the meat for the dinner we would be cooking this evening.

At the indoor mall we had visited a grocery store which was larger than her local market and we intended To get everything we needed, however they were missing some key ingredients. After the butcher we drove to their flat, but we still needed a few ingredients for dinner. Right across the street from the entrance to their building was a Thai restaurant called Cantina. And next door to that was a grocery store. This whole urban living thing still boggles my mind.

I live in a suburb surrounded by an urban area. I've realized that if I wanted to walk to restaurants and even grocery stores that it is well within my capability. I would just have to go out the gate next to my house which leads to the busy street behind where I live. However, Fran’s mobility issues dictated that we drive everywhere. Many things are a 15-20 minute walk from my house, but anyways.

We picked up the few little things that we needed to complete dinner, and headed up their place. Michael was waiting for us.

Since it was later than we expected, we got started cooking right away. Well Magdalene did, she started chopping everything, and I poured a glass of wine. Eventually I did help.

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I seasoned the “inside” of the meat, rubbed it with mustard, and then distributed the onions, pickles, and bacon amongst them.

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Magdalene rolled the first two, and I tried the third one. She had to reroll it and said that it was cut difficultly and was the hardest one to roll.

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She started the Rouladen cooking and made the späetzle dough, and realized she forgot to buy cream for the soup. That's a benefit of having the grocery store right across the street. She had peeled the asparagus, and I worked on chopping the asparagus for the soup.

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While she made the soup, I made the späetzle. It was pretty easy with the right machine! She eventually took over, because she was much better at it than me. And then we sat down to dinner. First the soup.

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Then the Rouladen. It was a lot of food. I could only eat half of my beef roll. It was good but very filling.

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I didn't need any dessert, I was stuffed! We sat around talking until around 10PM, when we realized that we better get me back to my hotel. Because parking in their neighborhood is difficult at best, we left the car where it was and took the U-bahn back to the train station. I believe they walked me to the corner just a block from the hotel, where I took the picture that morning of the tower at the entrance to the city center. Since I knew the way back from there we said goodnight.

Here is my new little fan in action! It was a lifesaver in that room of dead air.

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And here is my Google timeline for the day, where I’d been.

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And my fitbit stats

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I was pretty tired after all that walking and not to mention three hours standing in the Trials museum. I didn’t fall right asleep, but when I did, I slept well on this night.
 
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Wow you had quite a day! The musuem looked really fascinating...such a dark time in history. Dinner looked fabulous...and I will say, opening and pouring the wine is work!

Jill in CO
 
I had ice cream a couple days ago with no deleterious effects! :)
Hmmmm... play it by ear. :)
I had no bad wine while I was over there, so it was good. I also didn't have anything that knocked my socks off, but it was all good.
Good but no "socks knocked off" is better than bad.
Yes, that was very interesting little tidbit that she shared.
::yes::
Thanks! That was a stupid mistake on my part, I fixed it. I should have known better. She took me to the courthouse the next day. That's where she works.
Nah. Not stupid. You don't live there, after all. :)
Huh. I've had gluhwein here, and it was pretty good.
Note. Red wine. I generally just kinda tolerated it more than enjoyed it. But this one was delicious!
I kept commenting before I left that I didn't think I could eat six of them, but M&M assured me that I could because they were small.
::yes::
If you walked around the city than perhaps you didn't use it. I was too tired most of the time to be able to walk from their house to my hotel. It wasn't far if you're used to walking 8-10 miles a day, but for me the 6-8 they were walking me already was pushing it.
6-8 miles/day is a fair bit!
 
I woke up at 2AM.

Of course.
Oy...
Jet lag... it's a wonderful thing... not.
I was tired again and I slept lightly for another 3 hours.
That's good at least. Got you more on track with the local time.
I love me my Hampton waffles, and was super happy to find the Nuremberg sausages on the breakfast buffet.
That looks pretty good!
They have very good coffee from this fancy coffee machine. Which is what I wrote on that second day, come to find out, everywhere in hotels have those fancy coffee machines.
I don't drink it, so it would be lost on me... unless it had a hot chocolate setting... ?
she suggested we meet at the train station at 10AM.
::yes::
Train station is in the middle of pretty much every city, there. Convenient, to say the least.
If you are not aware, Nuremberg is the location of the trials where the Nazi War criminals were tried and convicted.
::yes::
I should have let her know that I'm a super slow museum person and we would have actually met earlier, but oh well!
Hmmmmmmm... we need to have a discussion pretty soon, I'm thinking...
When I washed my hair this morning my conditioner felt a lot more sudsy than normal. Well that's because I bought shampoo of my regular brand and not conditioner. Doh!
Whoops!
But your hair was never cleaner! :laughing:
I'd read in reviews from last summer that the AC didn't work in the hotel. Magdalene said at the time of year I was visiting that really wouldn't matter, heat would be more important. I'm not sure if either worked in the room. But the window could open and I needed a small fan to move the air around the room.
So neither the heat nor the AC was needed, because the temp was okay? Just no air movement, right?
I love that about the "old world"... you never know when something really old will just pop out at you.
The train station is directly across from that tower.
Oh! Funny I don't remember that. Then again, it's been 20 years now.
I’m not sure if I said it earlier, but the train station is many things. It is a mini mall, has many place to eat and even grocery stores.
::yes::
I have no idea which trains we took and whether or not we transferred.
"And as I write this, I am lost somewhere in Nuremberg... can someone direct me back to the train station?"
What are the white cubes? Records? Or where people stood? Or...?
Of those who went to prison and were released eventually, I think one of them lived until 1989.
I won't look it up, but that sounds familiar.
I was astonished that the Nazis wrote down the minutes and notes that they did!
I'm not. If Germans are anything, it's notorious producers of paperwork. You should see the form we just got from Germany about my Dad's pension... :faint:
Their words were vile, and totally incrimiated them.
This does not surprise me... but also horrifies me.
There were prosecutors from the US, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union.
::yes::
The same four countries that were allocated parts of Berlin and Germany after WWII.
We all know what happened with the divisions afterwards...
This was the first trial in the world that used simultaneous translation. Previously there would have been a pause while the translators read the information back and forth, but through the use of earpieces and other technology this was a state of the art trial.
I did not know that. Interesting!
The only place that was spared was North America.
Huh. Never thought of it that way since we were involved in wars... just not on our "home turf" so to speak.
She ordered the käsespätzle,
mmmm... yum.
It tasted to me like a hot dog, in an odd sort of ketchup sauce. I didn’t care for it that much so we switched dishes.
Interesting. I've never tried currywurst.
If I go back, I'll try to remember.
the city is very easy to navigate with trains and on foot.
::yes::
The two times I've been, we either parked the car and walked... or got off the train and walked.
Also you may ask if there is an airport so close why didn't you just fly there? Well I don't remember the details, but I did look into it before I actually booked my flights. I think the way it worked out, if I flew into Nuremberg I would transfer through Heathrow and my layover would have been 12 hours or something ridiculous like that. Since my last stop is Linz, and at the time I originally booked my International flights, the airport at Linz still had flights to Frankfurt, it made more sense.
I just assumed the flight to Frankfurt and train was the best option, seeing as it was for us, albeit 20 years ago.
Magdalene had planned to visit the butcher before we picked up the rental car, but since I took so long at the museum, she rung them up and reserved the cuts of meat we needed for dinner so that they did not sell out.
So different... I will go to a butcher, but the only time I reserved anything was at Christmas for a turkey.
I live in a suburb surrounded by an urban area. I've realized that if I wanted to walk to restaurants and even grocery stores that it is well within my capability. I would just have to go out the gate next to my house which leads to the busy street behind where I live. However, Fran’s mobility issues dictated that we drive everywhere. Many things are a 15-20 minute walk from my house, but anyways.
Interesting that you should mention that. Just yesterday, I walked to a nearby restaurant (about 5 minutes) that has been there forever... (in different incarnations), but just never bothered to try. And it was really good!
:goodvibes Really like this shot of you.
I seasoned the “inside” of the meat, rubbed it with mustard, and then distributed the onions, pickles, and bacon amongst them.
Rouladen!
Ah! Spargel! (Asparagus). It's the same kind as the green asparagus, but it's grown wholly underground. If you see an asparagus field in Germany, you won't see plants... just long mounds of soil. I'll see if I can find a photo on the internets... Anyways, the lack of sun keeps it from turning green. And it tastes better. (IMHO)

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I made the späetzle. It was pretty easy with the right machine!
::yes::
I have that. :)
Then the Rouladen. It was a lot of food. I could only eat half of my beef roll. It was good but very filling.
That Rouladen was huge! No wonder you couldn't eat it all!
Here is my new little fan in action! It was a lifesaver in that room of dead air.
Bigger than I thought.
 
Wow you had quite a day!
And this was one of the more mellow and least energetic of my days.
The musuem looked really fascinating...such a dark time in history.
It really was fascinating, such awful people.....
Dinner looked fabulous...and I will say, opening and pouring the wine is work!

Yes it is! I'm hoping to make those Rouladen again at home, but I keep forgetting to ask the butchers at Stater Bros. if they know how to cut the meat to make them.
 
Hmmmm... play it by ear. :)
Okay......
Good but no "socks knocked off" is better than bad.
I did not have any bad wine in Germany or Austria. Unlike when flying Southwest, I now order cocktails when I get my free drinks.
Note. Red wine. I generally just kinda tolerated it more than enjoyed it. But this one was delicious!
I figured that you liked it because gluwein is sweet, even if it is red.
6-8 miles/day is a fair bit!
Yeah, especially for me!
Oy...
Jet lag... it's a wonderful thing... not.
Yeah, luckily it only lasted a day or so.
That's good at least. Got you more on track with the local time.
Yes, it helped a bit!
That looks pretty good!
As I said, I love me my Hampton waffles!
I don't drink it, so it would be lost on me... unless it had a hot chocolate setting... ?
Some of the machines did.
Hmmmmmmm... we need to have a discussion pretty soon, I'm thinking...
I was thinking that too. I also need to start thinking about what I'm packing.
Whoops!
But your hair was never cleaner! :laughing:
And certainly not soft.....
So neither the heat nor the AC was needed, because the temp was okay? Just no air movement, right?
Well.....AC would have ben nice.
I love that about the "old world"... you never know when something really old will just pop out at you.
Yes, definitely.
Oh! Funny I don't remember that. Then again, it's been 20 years now.
There were quite a few of these towers around the city.
What are the white cubes? Records? Or where people stood? Or...?
I have no idea. Artistic?
I'm not. If Germans are anything, it's notorious producers of paperwork. You should see the form we just got from Germany about my Dad's pension... :faint:
Well I guess so.....they left plenty of incriminating evidence from WWII.
::yes::
The same four countries that were allocated parts of Berlin and Germany after WWII.
We all know what happened with the divisions afterwards...
Yup. Interesting about how things have all played out.
I did not know that. Interesting!
Yes, there was quite a bit of the exhibit devoted to this aspect of the instant translation.
Huh. Never thought of it that way since we were involved in wars... just not on our "home turf" so to speak.
It's a lot more devastating when it is on your home turf.....
Interesting. I've never tried currywurst.
If I go back, I'll try to remember.
All my friends have raved about it, so I was curious. I didn't think that I would like it, but I still wanted to try it. That's why we had a back up plan to switch dishes if I didn't like it.
::yes::
The two times I've been, we either parked the car and walked... or got off the train and walked.
Yeah, I've never had a car in Europe. Except the time I went with my friend who was from Paris and we stayed with her family. They obviously owned a car.
I just assumed the flight to Frankfurt and train was the best option, seeing as it was for us, albeit 20 years ago.
Well it was the best timing, least amount of layovers, etc. I just had to get from there to my destinations, but the train did work out, even if I did have a few difficulties.
So different... I will go to a butcher, but the only time I reserved anything was at Christmas for a turkey.
I get all my meat at the grocery store.
Interesting that you should mention that. Just yesterday, I walked to a nearby restaurant (about 5 minutes) that has been there forever... (in different incarnations), but just never bothered to try. And it was really good!
Yeah, I still have yet to walk to one of the restaurants nearby. Maybe when I have someone staying with me who doesn't mind getting exercise.
:goodvibes Really like this shot of you.
Thanks! :flower3:
Ah! Spargel! (Asparagus). It's the same kind as the green asparagus, but it's grown wholly underground. If you see an asparagus field in Germany, you won't see plants... just long mounds of soil. I'll see if I can find a photo on the internets... Anyways, the lack of sun keeps it from turning green. And it tastes better. (IMHO)
Yeah, I wasn't a huge fan of the large German asparagus. I'm not sure that I ate it again after this eening.
That Rouladen was huge! No wonder you couldn't eat it all!
It was huge! But super tasty.
Bigger than I thought.

It's about 3-4 inches in diameter, pretty small.
 
Day 3

When I got back to my room the night before, I ended up staying up pretty late. It was the middle of the day back in the states and Jenny and Jill were awake and chatty. Eventually I drifted off to sleep after midnight. The good news is that I slept through the night and didn't wake up until 7:46AM.

This put me is a bit of a hurry because Magdalene was planning to pick me up at 10:15AM. No too much, but I didn't have time to sit in bed working on TRs or playing puzzles. I got dressed and went down to breakfast. Today I had a very European breakfast.

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At 9:25 I was having my second cup of coffee, and a chocolate croissant (or two).

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She picked me up and then we went back to their place to fetch Michael. He is not a morning person and whatever extra time she can give him in the morning is actually necessary. Once we had retrieved him we were on our way to get the last member of our party.

Some of you may remember Booke. She left the DIS before I joined (I think), but we have so many mutual friends that we have ended up becoming friends on Social Media and now we've hung out together for a full day!

We drove to Volkach where we would be taking a river cruise for the afternoon. We stopped at a Cafe for lunch. It was a couple hours drive and most of us needed the restroom. I noticed this sign over the door.

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This wasn't really a “German” cafe although they did have German offerings. They had some lovely looking pastries, but we needed savory food and not sweets. Michael ordered a baked potato topped with mushrooms. Evidently there was also some yogurt type of dressing on there as well.

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Brooke also got a baked potato, topped with Schinken or ham (in english).

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Magdalene and I split the Weisswurst platter, which came with three sausages and two pretzels. Notice the cute little lion head on the bowl for the sausages.

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This was my portion and while I ate the sausage, I could not finish the pretzel.

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Then we went off to find the boat. We purchased our tickets, when the charge hit my credit card it exchanged to $17.21. A total bargain for a couple hours of fun on the boat.

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We found a table on the upper level of the boat. It was mostly German tourists and not international or Americans. Brooke is a TA and she was amazed at how affordable this experience was. The trips aimed at Americans costs twice this price.

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As we began our journey we passed this campground, and as it turns out when she was a wee little tot, Magdalene actually stayed at this campground with her family! What a coincidence!

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There were stunning views along the way, vineyards, quaint little towns, all sorts of things.

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There were refreshments on board, and so we all ordered something. Magdalene got a cappuccino and some poppy seed cheesecake.

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Michael got an Eiskaffee

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I didn’t get a picture of Brooke’s order, but I think she got a slice of some sort of apple delicacy. Me, I got wine. I was too full from lunch to eat anything else.

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Cheers!

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All along the route we saw pretty scenes like this.

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And quaint little villages.

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Eventually we reached these locks which was where we turned around.

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We drank wine, enjoyed the sights, and had a nice start to the afternoon. Be back soon with the rest of the day.
 
I figured that you liked it because gluwein is sweet, even if it is red.
Probably so. :)
As I said, I love me my Hampton waffles!
::yes::
Some of the machines did.
Then I'm in!
I was thinking that too. I also need to start thinking about what I'm packing.
Wait until a few days prior... Most likely sunny and temps in the 70-90 range. But you never know.
I have no idea. Artistic?
:confused3
Well I guess so.....they left plenty of incriminating evidence from WWII.
To me that just showed a level of arrogance.
It's a lot more devastating when it is on your home turf.....
Yes. I saw a diorama in the Hanover city hall of what the city looked like after being bombed. It looked like the moon.
Yeah, I've never had a car in Europe. Except the time I went with my friend who was from Paris and we stayed with her family. They obviously owned a car.
We had a car… but wonder if it was really needed. Public transport is so good there.
I get all my meat at the grocery store.
I usually do… but yesterday I needed 1.5lbs of ground beef and grocery stores only sell it on one lb weights. Was just easier.
Yeah, I still have yet to walk to one of the restaurants nearby. Maybe when I have someone staying with me who doesn't mind getting exercise.
:wave:
Careful, or I'll take that as an invitation!
Yeah, I wasn't a huge fan of the large German asparagus. I'm not sure that I ate it again after this eening.
My dad raved about it... When I had it, I thought it would be completely different. It was okay... I'd say I prefer it to green... but either green or white, I can take or leave it... Leaning more towards "leave it".
 
I ended up staying up pretty late.
You're such a party animal.
The good news is that I slept through the night and didn't wake up until 7:46AM.
Good!
I didn't have time to sit in bed working on TRs or playing puzzles.
Oh dear. This is tragic. You had to get up and go on a lovely river cruise instead.


:rolleyes1
Today I had a very European breakfast.

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Boy that looks familiar. Done that many, many times. But not so often that when I do have it, it's unwelcome.
He is not a morning person and whatever extra time she can give him in the morning is actually necessary.
Heh. So she got you up early instead... No puzzles for you!
Some of you may remember Booke. She left the DIS before I joined (I think), but we have so many mutual friends that we have ended up becoming friends on Social Media and now we've hung out together for a full day!
I remember the name. Not sure I ever had the pleasure of chatting with her, though.
:lmao:
Michael ordered a baked potato topped with mushrooms.
I would never think to order that for lunch... but why not!?
Magdalene and I split the Weisswurst platter, which came with three sausages and two pretzels. Notice the cute little lion head on the bowl for the sausages.
What I'm noticing is how they're served. I remember ordering that in Nuremberg and being surprised. I'd only ever had them fried or grilled.
Then we went off to find the boat. We purchased our tickets, when the charge hit my credit card it exchanged to $17.21. A total bargain for a couple hours of fun on the boat.
::yes::
I wanted to do that, but got outvoted. We wound up visiting the Lindt chocolate factory in Cologne instead. A less scenic but much sweeter trip!
Brooke is a TA and she was amazed at how affordable this experience was.
Right! That's why her name was ringing a bell. ::yes::
As we began our journey we passed this campground, and as it turns out when she was a wee little tot, Magdalene actually stayed at this campground with her family! What a coincidence!
Huh!
There were stunning views along the way, vineyards, quaint little towns, all sorts of things.
Thanks for sharing the pics. :) Very nice scenery.
I didn’t get a picture of Brooke’s order, but I think she got a slice of some sort of apple delicacy.
Strudel or streusel, I'd guess?
Eventually we reached these locks which was where we turned around.
Ah! Was wondering how you were getting back. My plans were to take a train down to the embarkation point and cruise one way back to the starting point.
 
Wait until a few days prior... Most likely sunny and temps in the 70-90 range. But you never know.
Well, I'm just going to plan on that range and start picking out stuff, but I need to know more information. Email will be coming shortly.
To me that just showed a level of arrogance.
There is that.......
We had a car… but wonder if it was really needed. Public transport is so good there.
Yeah, I don't think a car is really necessary, unless you want to want to visit some of the remote places like we did on ethese days.
I usually do… but yesterday I needed 1.5lbs of ground beef and grocery stores only sell it on one lb weights. Was just easier.
I would just buy 2 lbs and freeze the other 1/2 lb for later.....we also don't have any butchers in Long Beach. The closest thing is Stater Bros. and they sell ground beef in bulk.
:wave:
Careful, or I'll take that as an invitation!
Come on down! I've got the spare room! It's an ensuite bedroom.
My dad raved about it... When I had it, I thought it would be completely different. It was okay... I'd say I prefer it to green... but either green or white, I can take or leave it... Leaning more towards "leave it".
I leant more toward "leave it" as well. I don't think that we see asparagus anymore on my plate.
You're such a party animal.
:lmao: Maybe 35 years ago!
Oh dear. This is tragic. You had to get up and go on a lovely river cruise instead.


:rolleyes1
I know.... :rolleyes1
Boy that looks familiar. Done that many, many times. But not so often that when I do have it, it's unwelcome.
You'll see it a lot later in the trip......
Heh. So she got you up early instead... No puzzles for you!
I get up earlier better than Michael.
I would never think to order that for lunch... but why not!?
It's a good as anything.....
What I'm noticing is how they're served. I remember ordering that in Nuremberg and being surprised. I'd only ever had them fried or grilled.
Yeah, she had to show me how to eat them. You peel off the skin. And there was some rule (back before refrigeration) that you were not supposed to have them after 12 noon, because they could not preserve whatever they were made with. Evidently they were not as "shelf stable" as other sausages.
::yes::
I wanted to do that, but got outvoted. We wound up visiting the Lindt chocolate factory in Cologne instead. A less scenic but much sweeter trip!
I'm not sure I would have enjoyed that tour so much. My whole point this trip was not to do super predicatbly touristy things.
Thanks for sharing the pics. :) Very nice scenery.
It was beautiful, and lovely to watch as I sipped tasty wine from the region.
I think that was probably what it was.
Ah! Was wondering how you were getting back. My plans were to take a train down to the embarkation point and cruise one way back to the starting point.

Yeah, we did drop some passengers off at the halfway point. There was an interesting situation because there was a bus there to meet those who were getting off the boat, but as we pulled away there was a woman hollering to a passenger on the ship as if they were supposed to get off the boat at that stop. We never found out what happened.
 
Well, I'm just going to plan on that range and start picking out stuff, but I need to know more information. Email will be coming shortly.
Standing by...
I would just buy 2 lbs and freeze the other 1/2 lb for later.....we also don't have any butchers in Long Beach. The closest thing is Stater Bros. and they sell ground beef in bulk.
I did think of doing that, but... I was going right by the store, so...
Come on down! I've got the spare room! It's an ensuite bedroom.
Hmmmm... ;)
:lmao: Maybe 35 years ago!
:laughing:
You'll see it a lot later in the trip......
Wouldn't be at all surprised.
Yeah, she had to show me how to eat them. You peel off the skin. And there was some rule (back before refrigeration) that you were not supposed to have them after 12 noon, because they could not preserve whatever they were made with. Evidently they were not as "shelf stable" as other sausages.
Huh!
I've never peeled one... even in Nuremberg. They must've thought we were rubes.
I'm not sure I would have enjoyed that tour so much. My whole point this trip was not to do super predicatbly touristy things.
Hmmm... Not sure if a river cruise wouldn't be considered touristy?
It was beautiful, and lovely to watch as I sipped tasty wine from the region.
:goodvibes
Yeah, we did drop some passengers off at the halfway point. There was an interesting situation because there was a bus there to meet those who were getting off the boat, but as we pulled away there was a woman hollering to a passenger on the ship as if they were supposed to get off the boat at that stop. We never found out what happened.
Sounds like a "whoops!" moment...
 
Lots of great food choices today! That pretzel looks fantastic! So happy you got to meet up with Brooke! I've followed her since Henry was just a wee lad and now he's so grown up! The cruise looked fun and the wine devine!

Jill in CO
 
Lots of great food choices today! That pretzel looks fantastic!
I think that was the only pretzel I ended up having the entire trip!
So happy you got to meet up with Brooke! I've followed her since Henry was just a wee lad and now he's so grown up!
She was super sweet, and we met up with Henry later (next update), he's not a wee lad anymore.
The cruise looked fun and the wine devine!

The wine was very tasty and the scenery was beautiful!
 
After our cruise, we drove to a little town called Iphofen. It’s a small village in Franconian wine country. We walked around the village for about an hour and a quarter. Come stroll with us…..

The old town is characterized by the medieval/early modern town wall that completely surrounds it. The wall (14th/15th century) features seven towers and four gate houses. We walked in through the Mainbernheimer Tor gatehouse, I didn’t think to take a picture of it when we arrived, so I stole this off the internet.

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I found this hotel particularly pretty.

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There was all sorts of interesting “art” on display in the homes and businesses of the town.

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Michael and Magdalene walk a lot every day. This is something I often saw. I’m very slow from so many years of walking at Fran’s pace and I often found myself lagging behind.

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We stumbled upon a tasting room for a winery. We tasted a few wines, and bought a few bottles. They were around €6.

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This is one of the seven towers along the city wall.

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We walked most of the length of the small town and reached one of the four gatehouses, Rödelseer Tor (the symbol of Iphofen, from the 15th century).

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I loved how the big gate had the little door gate inside the door.

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Here is the view from the other side.

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There was this delightful little stream running outside the gatehouse.

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And looking outside of the old city, it’s just a regular old 21st century German town.

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We walked back to the car through a different way, we passed through the center square.

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And saw some other picturesque buildings.

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We continued our walk around the village and I finally saw a cat!

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We decided to have dinner at a place in Brooke's town that her DH and DS could walk to and meet us. It had been closed for the winter and today was evidently it's first day open.

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The food was good, but they messed up on Magdalene’s order and didn't end up bringing her food until the rest of us were nearly done with our food. I had Jaegerschnitzel with Spaetzle and salad. The salad was a little weird, the rest on the plate was super yummy!

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We said goodnight to Brooke and her family and got back in the car to return to Nuremberg. Magdalene dropped me off at my hotel, and I was back in the room by 10:15.

Again Jenny and Jill were up and we texted back and forth until around 11PM my time. I fell asleep by 11:25PM.

Here’s my Timeline for the days’ travel.

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And my stats for the day.

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What a cute little town! I love how Europe saves its historic buildings in the city centers. Your dinner looked amazing and what a cute kitty! Glad you got to meet up with Brooke's family too!

Yes, we were still up....it was only around 3pm our time and we were still working! LOL You would wake up about the time we were headed to bed!

Jill in CO
 
Huh!
I've never peeled one... even in Nuremberg. They must've thought we were rubes.
If you didn’t peel it, it most likely wasn’t a Weißwurst, just a white Bratwurst. The Weißwurst is filled into a pig intestine casing. That’s too hard to bite through. Hence the peeling. They are also thicker therefore. I would say about 4 cm in diameter.
 
Sorry, Alison, we are busy with Temples and Shrines and theme parks in Japan at the moment. I will be back for replies soon!
 
Come stroll with us…..
🚶‍♂️
The old town is characterized by the medieval/early modern town wall that completely surrounds it.
Love the walled towns in Germany. I need to visit the one on this side of the pond again. Haven't been in decades.
One sheep, two sheep, blue sheep?
Michael and Magdalene walk a lot every day.
Not surprised. Walking seems to be Germany's national pastime from what I've seen.
Pretty
I loved how the big gate had the little door gate inside the door.
:laughing: #priorities
And saw some other picturesque buildings.
Whole town (old walled in town portion) is so picturesque.
We continued our walk around the village and I finally saw a cat!
Did it meow with an accent? "Meov"
The food was good, but they messed up on Magdalene’s order and didn't end up bringing her food until the rest of us were nearly done with our food.
:( That's unfortunate.
I had Jaegerschnitzel with Spaetzle and salad.
mmmmmm...
 
















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