Apr 04, 2011
Jun 14, 2011
Where I stayed
Yay Family Time!
. No really, they enjoyed about a 1 1/2 hour airport tour that from the sounds of it took them though some interesting sites, included a bit of trekking across the tarmac but also allowed for them to see the Airbus A380 from the ground and also as it took off. I don’t know very many people who can say they saw the world’s largest airplane take off and they seemed to enjoy the tour at large. It was just over an hour back to Ludwigshafen where the apartment Amy and James rented is and we got our first taste of the Autobahn and German country side. The Autobahn was exciting and a bit intimidating as you pass the signs that mean no speed limit. James’s rental car is an Alpha Romeo so it can certainly handle the speed with no problem but I did find myself feeling like I was in a speeding bullet at one point. We were reunited with my mom, Amy and little Max when we got back into town. They had spent their day shopping and eating lunch out while the men were looking at planes and picking us up. It was great to see my family after being away for these last 6 ½ weeks and Max has practically doubled in size. We had dinner that night in one of the local Biergartens that they had already frequented not far from where James’ mother grew up. After only a few hours and some good beer and a great meal we were pretty sure Germany was going to agree with us.
After docking early in the AM on Wednesday we spent the mid-morning strolling around Barcelona seeing some of the familiar sites: La Rambla, the Gothic neighborhood, the Gaudi apartment. Since Derek and I have both previously been to this city we didn't feel the pressure to see and do everything and it was nice to spend just being surrounded by many of the familiar sights and sounds of this friendly, busy, European city. We left Thursday morning and made it to Frankfurt a little after 2pm, following a plane change in Berlin. Derek and I have officially become serious fans of AirBerlin, neither of us having flown the airline before. The stewardesses were so friendly, they offered a choice of meal on our first 2hr 15 min flight and gave an update of the areas we flew over half way through each trip. Plus the planes were very new and offered in-flight entertainment along with a candy and a chocolate that welcomed and bid us Auf Wiedersehen. James and Dad met us at the airport where they had taken a tour before we had arrived