September 22, 2008

Trip to Germany

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 9:17 pm by Jenn

Our trip to Germany was wonderful.  My parents came and spent a week so it was really nice to see them and to visit my birthplace – Wiesbaden.  The apartment building we lived in was still there.  It was neat to walk around and see the area and to listen to my parents tell various stories about their life there.

Here’s a picture of Mom and Dad in front of the building. 

I bet they didn’t realize that this building would become so popular.  Apparently a celebrity lives here now –

There were so many things to see and do in Germany.  We had a great time walking around and exploring.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures from our walks.

  This picture was taken from a footbridge that we walked across to get from on side of the river to the other.  I’m pretty sure this is the Rhine River.

In the city center of Konstablerwache on Saturday and Thursday is a neat little market where you can find wine, fresh fruit, veggies and brats!  Other days of the week they sometimes have other fun things to see.  One day we watch people bowling on a portable lane.  Another day we saw an antique car display.  Here is a picture of a tractor from 1952.  The tractor still runs.  In fact we met it on the street later on in the day.


The first day we arrived Scott and I went up to Wiesbaden to the military exchange.  We were really hungry and decided to grab something in the food court.  This is what we chose. 


The Popeye’s is mine and the Taco Bell is Scott’s.  I must say I was really disappointed.  After really not having access to fast food for over a year and being thrilled to see a “food court”, the mashed potatoes were rubbery and the biscuit was just a big old grease ball.  The soda on the other hand.  I hate to admit it but I drank 3 of them.  This was the real deal Diet Coke, not Coke Light like we have been drinking for the past year.  REAL straight up honest to goodness Diet Coke.  There really is a difference.

While we are on the topic of food let me just go right ahead and post this picture.

This is the remainder of the 30cm hamburger that the First Sergeant was unable to finish.  30 cm…that’s 11.8 inches folks.  Yes, that’s one hell of a lot of burger.  I wonder where they get those buns?  The restaurant was the Waldgeistand yes, the do bring new meaning to the words Super Size It.  I ordered the 1/4 Wiener Schnitzel and couldn’t even finish 1/4 of it.  Just the size of the thing and seeing the size of everyone else’s food portions just made me want to vomit.  What’s even worse is the waste.  I just sat there thinking of all the people that were starving in the world and how much food must be thrown away at this place each and every day.

Another day we went to Heidelberg to see the castle.  Heidelberg Castle is basically in ruins today following WW 2 following the Thirty Years War and surprisingly the castle sustained no damage from WW2.  It is quite a, sight to behold.  The area is absolutely breathtaking.  Here are a few pics from that day.

    The fam.

  My favorite picture from the castle.  The walls outer walls are 7 meters thick and this chunk  “fell” off  as a result of attacks on the castle.

  This picture was taken from the castle patio and is a beautiful view of the river and village below.

  There are lions all around the castle.  This one is my favorite.  A little mossy, but still my favorite.

One interesting site at the castle was the HUGE wine vat…it holds over 220,000 liters of wine.  This is where you would have wanted to be in times of trouble.  The wine cellar!

This is also where we learned about Ice Wine.  Ice Wine is a specialty wine…a sweet dessert type that is made in limited quantities each year.  Apparently the grapes have to be harvested at a specific temperature when they are frozen and then the juice is pressed from them and processed in to this super yummy, super expensive, but worth it treat.  YUMMO!

Ok.  I have a ton of other pictures but I don’t want this post to be too picture heavy.  I have all the pics in my web albums.  If you are interested, leave a comment and I’ll  – they are public albums so feel free to visit.  I have only had time to put captions on a few of them…..

*edited to correct information about the castle as pointed out by a few readers