Guten Tag! This time, I am sharing pictures from our trip to Germany! We finally made it together to see Eric’s brother, Mike, and his family and I got to see where Eric lived and went to school.
It was a wonderful trip and I look forward to returning some day to see more of this beautiful area. It was pretty, peaceful, clean, and full of DELICIOUS food! As Dad said when I told him, it has to be a record that I liked EVERYTHING I tried. I now know why Eric feels the need to try every German restaurant he can find!
There aren’t many pictures of our nephews. For our weekend of touring, the older 2 were at Boy Scout camp and for our touring during the week, all three were at school. I never could get a picture of our oldest nephew, Jonathan, but I guess that’s how it goes.
I am having trouble again with posting pictures here. The pictures are in reverse order (and some are out of order) and I cannot figure out how to correct this. I see online that this is a common problem, but I see no efficient solution to it, so I’m leaving it! So… I’m going to take you on our journey BACKWARDS!!! 🙂 I hope it works.
This is the right spot for the picture. This is the view from my seat after we landed in Frankfurt. Good morning Germany!
This is the base chapel where Eric’s family went to church. Mike and his family go there now and our sister-in-law, Kim, is the worship leader.
Our nephew, Daniel. This is how he posed. I promise I didn’t ask him to put an Easter egg in his mouth. 😀
Eric, doing his most favorite pose for the camera, alongside our nephew, Ryan
This is Mike paying for the tulips he picked at a roadside garden. It operates on the honor system.
Downtown Kaiserslautern. This is “the big city” and where Eric’s high school is located.
The big church in Kaiserslautern
Kaiserslautern High School – where Eric went to school
Eric and Mike at the school sign. This is their last chance as a new school is being built.
We were fortunate to connect with a high school friend of Eric’s who still lives there! He and his wife are American, but they love it there so much they came back to raise their family.
Mike and Eric at the end of their “Sommer Rodelbahn,” or summer slide ride. You sit in the cars and a cable takes you to the top of the hill. From there it is a giant metal slide that has curves. You can see Mike here pushing the handles forward to go faster!
We were fortunate to get to take a side trip to France with our sister-in-law. We only got a quick glance at this cemetery, as we arrived at closing time. The prettiest ice cream cone I’ve ever seen
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg (France)
The outdoor seating you see is where we enjoyed our lunch
Our sister-in-law, Kim, and me in front of the Cathedrale
Turn right to drive to Paris!
For you beer drinkers, a hops field
The Citadel in Bitche, France (yes, the boys like to talk about this particular city)
Eric and me in front of Heidelberg Castle – Heidelberg, Germany
A real life treasure chest! Note the locking mechanisms in the lid.
The area they would fill with water when a moat was needed, though this particular one did not hold water very well. Wah, wah, wah….
The pump that runs the world’s largest wine barrel
Eric standing in front of the world’s largest wine barrel. If I remember right, I think they said it took over 400 trees to make this.
This is on the path to walk up to the castle, but we walked A LOT of paths during our week that looked like this.
Looking up at Heidelberg Castle
The drawbridge on another castle we toured
Kim and Daniel. This is to show that we not only walked a lot of steep terrain, but we climbed a lot of narrow stairways!
Another castle along the Rhine River
A cigarette machine that has been fitted with a card reader. We saw several of these and I did notice cigarette smoke everywhere we went like I haven’t in a L-O-N-G time.
Daniel skipping rocks into the Rhine
Typical looking house. Eric has an uncanny ability to find this style house everywhere we go in the states and now I know why for sure!
Along the Rhine
I wonder what Eric did THIS time?!
Daniel and Kim
Mike and Eric. The boys were a little freaked out about how much they looked alike.
The Rhine River
This castle was built alongside natural stone
Daniel and Kim
Eric at his town rock
Fortunately, we were able to surprise the Curtis’ former neighbors!
This is the bell tower in Eulenbis that Eric would retreat to when he wanted to be alone… or he was HIDING FROM HIS PARENTS!!!!
The cave they used to play in and around. Sadly it has caved in, so he didn’t get very far this trip. We’re curious about that chair and other things around it. Now, looking at the picture, it looks like it could be booby trapped! 😀
The tower that people associate with Eulenbis. I’ve heard Eric explain to people familiar with Germany that he lived in the town with the tower on the top of the hill.
The Curtis’ old house
A pretty cemetery nearby. I learned that people actually only rent space in cemeteries. It sounds like you get it for 25 years, but you have the option of renting it for longer periods of time. I remarked that the stones and the general upkeep and care of all the spaces we saw were impressive. This is all taken care of by the deceased’s family and Mike explained that your “stay” could be shortened if it is not taken care of properly. When your time is up, they exhume the body, cremate it, and place it in a building on the grounds.
This is Eric’s bus stop. He says that the third door is painted the same as it looked when he waited on that bus!
Every little town has their own WWI and II memorials
This is how they sign that you are leaving one town and entering another
This is Kim and Mike’s house
The street leading up to Mike and Kim’s house – the street name is “Wackenberg” (I love that name). Notice how neat and clean it is?! Everyone is responsible for keeping the street in front of their house clean. I saw many a resident out and sweeping the street and curb with their hand brush and dust pan.
A military plane coming in for a landing at Ramstein Air Force Base
The memorial to the Flugtag disaster in 1988. This was the incident when planes collided during an air show and killed 3 pilots and 67 spectators, seriously injuring 346 . Eric and his family were nearby.
We got to re-connect with Eric’s brother and his family, see a lot, eat a lot, and I learned a lot. We hope to go back there again someday (not waiting another almost 20 years) and see more of Germany and the areas around it. Any one going with us next time?