Under the German sun…

We toured fabulous Oberwesel with friends then joined Dave’s mom and other friends for dinner. The restaurant was an adorable, 7th generation, family owned restaurant and winery. We sat outside amidst the vineyards, drank cold, sparklingly delicious house-made Rieslings, and enjoyed great conversation! After dinner, the vintner, Wilhelm, offered us a tour of the wine cellar. He approached our table with icy glasses of Riesling and asked if we would join him!?!?? YES! We descended into the cellar where Wilhelm told us about his family’s wine making history and explained the different types of Riesling. He opened another bottle for tasting- it was amazing! We were all raving about how fresh, spicy, and fruity it was. After dinner we were given “party favors”! A red bag with two bottles of our favorite Riesling- a generous gift from Dave’s mom. I’m so grateful for her generosity and our new friends’ hospitality. Thank you for my favorite day in Germany!

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Boppard to Bingen

We met friends in Boppard and quickly boarded the historic Goethe- a chipper, old paddle boat- for a fabulous four-hour cruise along the Rhine to Bingen. We met new friends, saw many awesome castles, passed the legendary Lorelei, and relaxed while drinking beers and eating pretzels. Life is so good!

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Dinner and drinks

We spent most of the day inside reading and relaxing, but that got boring 😉 Dave suggested beer and pizza and we were all on board!

We headed to Altstadt (old town) and had some delicious beers and great pizza. There were so many people out tonight. The air was buzzing with fun and conversation. We loved it!

We started with an arugula, Parmesan, pine nut and Parma ham salad- yum! Adam had the veggie pizza with an egg on top. I ordered the caper, anchovy, and mushroom, but I received the tuna, mushroom, and pepperoni pizza. Although I was worried about tuna on a pizza, it wasn’t too bad. The crust was charred and crispy. The cheese was high quality mozzarella- so creamy! Great idea Dave!

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Midnight picnic

We decided to do as the Germans do and have a late night picnic, with lots of wine and beer of course 🙂 We left our apartment at about midnight and walked to the Rhine. We found a comfy spot in the grass and enjoyed cheese, wine, fresh veggies, pretzels, and chocolate. We talked and people watched as barges silently floated by. What a fun evening! The Germans really know what they’re doing! Sorry it was too dark for pictures, you’ll just have to imagine…

SUSHI

We went to an all-you-can-eat sushi place for breakfast and lunch 🙂 Fun times!

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We had sushi, sushi, and sushi with vegetable ramen (it was gross), seaweed salad (yum), cuttlefish salad (also yum), kimchi, dumplings, crispy fried duck (wow!), edamame, and sushi. It was definitely not the best sushi, but it satisfied our need for sushi in our bellies 🙂