Happy Fathers Day

Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
Trip End Jun 14, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Rhineland-Palatinate,
Thursday, June 2, 2011

Since we still had a borrowed car from the previous night, we decided to venture outside of town today to visit an abbey that Amy and James had seen from afar on one of their adventures. It was situated high on a hill overlooking the nearby town and the car ride to get there was somewhat like driving to Twin Peaks in San Francisco. It was worth the steep, winding drive to get there though because the view was spectacular once we arrived. As we walked through the church, which no longer has a roof and a lawn instead of pews, a group of German actors was rehearsing a play on stage and we could imagine it would be a really cool place to watch a performance. The weather was beautiful so we stopped in the cloister biergarten for a drink and some people watching. Today was German Fathers Day so there were quite a few men gathered who looked like they had hiked up together to celebrate. In Germany, Fathers Day is like any major holiday, schools and businesses are closed and everyone gets the day off! The exception is a few cafes, like the one where we found a Fathers Day brunch this morning. Tonight, we had a special dinner planned with James' family. They invited us to learn how to make a traditional German meal, wurstsalat. This is a meat salad made with strings of sausage meat, pickles, cheese, peppers, sunflower oil, and salad seasoning. James got high marks on making his first salat and now we have to try to make it back at home! After dinner the girls made spaghetti eis for us, which is ice cream that has been pushed through a pasta maker and topped with a red berry sauce (tomato) and shaved coconut (parmesan). It was delicious and fun to watch them make it!
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