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Germany Part 1

November 24, 2008 Leave a comment

So Matthew and I are in Germany.  We arrived yesterday after being on two flights for a total of about 11 hours.  The flights weren’t too bad.  I slept for about an hour on the first one.  We landed in Detroit, Michigan and ran across the airport just in time to get right onto our second flight to Frankfurt.  I didn’t sleep on the 8.5 hour flight although I tried.  The good thing was that this was my first flight that had in-demand video and game service in the video screens. Very nice.  All flights need to offer this service.  The nice surprise was that we were expecting to have to pay extra for the on-demand stuff, but it was free!  I enjoyed The Dark Knight and then Toy Story so the flight went pretty quickly.

After we landed, we met up with my dad and mom in the airport.  My dad was also flying back from the states so we made sure to come in at the same time.  We headed to their house in Reichenbach-Steegen and dropped off our stuff.  Then we headed out to Landstuhl where we stopped at a cafe.  I had a fabulous moccachino and a brochen with butter and jam.  Europeans have the best butter.  Jesus Christ.  Then we headed up to Landstuhl castle.  It was very cold, but it was the first time I’d been to the castle since I moved back to the states in ’99.  I got to stand in the same place we did a broadcast for the world’s largest concert forever and 10 years ago so it was a trip down memory lane.  It was Matt’s first castle.  My aunt Roxane is here as well and although she’s been to Europe several times she had never been to a castle either so it was a day of firsts.  It was very windy and cold – there is snow on the ground here – so we didn’t stay in the castle for long.

When we were done, we went down the mountain a little ways and had a delicious lunch at the nearby hotel.  There were salads, pastas, schnitzels, sauces and deserts.  Oh my but it was good.  We also sampled some sect which is the sparkling wine that’s made in this area (Champagne only comes from the Champagne region of France, people).  I didn’t take any pictures of the food – which is a sin for some who loves food as much as I do.  Starting tomorrow that will change.

After brunch we went home and lazed about watching movies.  It was a pretty fabulous evening.

Today we slept in until about 10.  When I woke up, my body was so disoriented but a good Mom and Dad cooked breakfast and a cup of coffee fixed that.  After coffee and a movie (we watched The Man With Two Brains) we headed out to see some more castles.  We went to Burg Lichtenberg to see the castle, but apparently there were some kind of repairs going on so we couldn’t go into the castle.  We ended up wandering around the compound and stumbled upon two different museums.  The first was full of fossils and we had fun looking at different things through some microscopes like bees and stones.  We also got distracted looking at our own fingers, fingernails, cuticles and diamond rings.  It was quite a fun afternoon.  I bought a cool looking mood necklace because everyone need a mood item every couple of years.

The next museum was about the local wildlife and some musicians who had lived there in the past.  They had a really cool station that told visitors about different herbs and spices and then invited you to smell them.  That was something I’ve never seen before so I really enjoyed it.

After museum watching, we piled back in the car and headed to Eidar-Oberstein where we did some window shopping and then had some dinner.  I enjoyed some tomato soup which was fabulous.  It was kind of like a bowl of yummy pasta sauce – which for me was like a dream.  Then I had a salad and a schnitzel with cream sauce.  Definitely ate too much which is always my goal.

On our way out, we stopped into a jewelery store that had amazing opals and I just couldn’t walk out without some, so I bought myself a pair of earrings and a matching necklace.

Tomorrow we will most likely be spending most of our time vising the bases so I amy have some pictures of our boys in uniform.

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