On the car ride back to Berlin from France we took a break in some of the cute German cities that aren't so prominent up in our NorthEast corner.
This town is well known among American military men of a certain age because of the nearby base. The base is still there, but getting smaller every year. Ian's dad was not a military man (the idea of Greg in gear is pretty funny), but his brother was. Greg was lucky enough to spend a few months riding his bicycle, drinking apfelsaftschorle, and learning a little German. Naturally, we wanted to see this place we had heard so much about.
We arrived between lunch and dinner and there was a hardly a person around. There was farm equipment.
|Love the exclamation point.|
We were hoping to get some food, but unlike Berlin, this city sleeps. We found a delicious looking restaurant, ordered some beers, and were promptly told they were between service, meaning no food. Better comfort ourselves with beer.
Ian was the DD so he had a little titchy one and ordered me the regular .5 L. For those who haven't traveled with me, I get a wee bit mean when hungry so this was probably out of self-protection on his part. Definitely got a look from the server, me with the big beer and Ian with the little.
On the road again:
|Ian standing on the autobahn|
We had 2 terrible traffic incidents on this car trip. We are more the plane/train travelers, but we treated this outing a bit like a treat, doing things we don't normally do. We loved it, but driving remains one of our least favorite ways to travel.
We drove on, and stopped for the night at:
Ian had heard good things about Bamberg, or what should be officially re-nameed as Damnnnnnnnnnnnburg! Picture perfect around every corner with tons of home-grown breweries.
|One of our best meals in Germany - EVER. We bought the mug.|
Not to mention the Cathedrals.
And rose gardens
We ran into some American Mormons here who were caught off guard by Ian's American English & In-n-Out T-shirt. As soon as they asked if we heard the news - we were out!
The town is lovely. We actually can't wait to visit again. BUT we had to jump on the road to return the car. 4 hours should be more than enough time for a less than 2 hour drive - RIGHT?
More traffic. We were sweating bullets about getting the car back in time.
Intense rain storm. Rainbows have to be a good sign right?
Gas. Sweating. 5 minutes till the office closes
|Car - badly parked|
Car, us, glorious Belgian beers back in Berlin.