Radler, sauerkraut and bratwurst
Trip Start Jun 11, 2009
6Trip End Jul 17, 2009
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Before I start the palaver.... I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for 2009/10 to work on a project with youth and glass. A'Mhara got my mail and tried to ring, email etc but we had no phone or IT where we were. How exciting is that?????
We are back from the Bavarian Forest. I have left the name of where we were on the map and above even though I am writing this at my sister's place in Gruendau. That way you can see where we went for the week. The closest I can get is Arnberg. To the east is the border with the Czech Republic.
We meandered along the Glas Strasse which is the most amazing place. It is an area which has been working with glass for more than 600 years in a whole variety of ways
We also drove into the Czech Republic to a place called Marien Bad which is full of old restored houses, little shops and holiday makers. Mind you most of the villages are rather sad and neglected and the most beautiful old elegant houses just slowing disappearing back into the earth
The alcohol and chocolates at the Czech border shop (run by Vietnamese would you believe) is so cheap. You can buy a litre bottle of vodka for 11 Euros which is about $20. A bottle of Jim Bean is about the same. Petrol is cheaper than in Germany but would you blieve they pay here in Euros what we pay in $. One litre costs roughly $1.25, but there are still plently of expensive cars and gas guzzlers. Justin was is awe - every second car is a BMW, Merc or Audi and then more beautiful cars- Lamborghini, Maserati, Ferrari etc.
On the way back to here we visited a cousin who I have never met and stayed for 2 days, took a day trip to visit an uncle of Hannah's and had wonderful cakes and coffee and then drove to near Munich to visit my beautiful cousin Maria (the one who always reminds me of you Gail). We left her place about 8pm and only drove a few kms onto the autobahn and got caught up in a STAU. Luckily it was evening because we might have expired in the car. They had not bothered to advise that the autobahn would be completely closed further on because they were tearing down an old bridge. There was no way off and we were stuck for 3 hours and only did a handful of kms. We amaused ourselves by checking out the numberplates of the trucks and cars and also their drivers. It's so different to see every country represented including the Balkans, Scandinavia and Italy. We finaly manged to get off and completed the whole 80kms from Maria's house in 4hours. That was a task!!! We didn't want to eat anything mind you really only had chocolates in the car) beacuse we did not want to drink (only had a bit of water and warm beer anyway) because there was no place to stop for a pee unless you were game enough to go into a ditch we all the truckies looking on
Tomorrow we will go into Frankfurt for the day and on Thursday we are off (with dad and Vera) to the Lorelei on the Rhine. It's a castle ruin where Lorelei supposedly sat, combed her hair and sang the sailors to their death as they crashed into the rocks below. It's a great wine growing region and very beautiful.
We have had a bit of rain and lots of humidity and are hoping for a hot day to go swimming at a local lake. Anyway time for a bit of dinner and a bit of wine.
Oh forgot Radler (as per title) is a shandy, as much as I can handle beer and not go to sleep. Justin will add a few photos and send this off this evening.
Lots of love
A and J and H
Please excuse the bloopers, I am not used to the laptop keyboard and keep missing letters.
PS: justin in the house!!!!!! how you all doing???? hope your good and hello to everyone, coz in case you dont know, i dont normaly get to write in this so now iv hacked in and im making my own little blog. :):) haha anyways love you all bye bye bye..
Justin and Hannah