A Great Night On & Off The Tourist Grid

Trip Start Feb 22, 2013
Trip End Mar 05, 2013

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What I did
Schankhaus Anno Domini
Scheune music venue
Ararat Cafe

Flag of Germany  , Saxony,
Monday, February 25, 2013

Tonight we rushed to get checked into the hotel so we could go pick up the kids for "parent time". I was so excited to hang with Calvin that I had researched the local offerings and found a quaint, medieval themed restaurant out of the tourist zone that I thought Calvin would dig. 

The Schankhaus Anno Domini was fabulous! It was very small and warm with zero electric lighting in the dining area. There were pelts, stuffed birds and antlers everywhere with flowers and spices hanging over the rustic wooden tables and chairs. The big excitement was the live pony and grumpy old goat roaming around in the dining room. I know it sounds gross, but they were awesome!

The food was decent and Calvin had a blast. I was so happy to spend some special time with my boy. I love this kid so much! He is gorgeous, kind and funny. I think he was happy to have the quite time away from the touring activities.

We had popped back to the hotel and went walking around the shopping area looking for "chocolate cake" when we ran into Naomi and Vicky. With 45 minutes left on the clock we ducked into a Kaffe Haus and - chocolate cake they had!

I distinctly remember the first time I saw Naomi. It was Calvin's first day of day-care (he was 15 months old). Naomi (same age) with her cute pixie haircut and batting eyelashes has continued to impress me ever since. These kids are amazing, interesting and beautiful. Although our visit was short it was a highlight so far and one that will surely keep in my memory as the kids transition into teens. (aaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!)

We dropped the kids back at the last stroke of ten and walked through the historical center over the bridge to our hotel. Eileen, Adriana and Karen were feeling adventurous so we headed out to find the Blue Note Jazz Club, only to find they had no music at 11 am on Monday night. However, the bartender pointed out an awesome venue just around the corner - Schuene. We arrived in time to grab a crappy beer and catch the awesome last set of the 8 piece JazzFanatics! They were really talented and the venue appears to be a nonprofit music club dedicated to all types of music and training. With the 10 minute finale, a version of the Flinstones Theme Song interspersed with an entertaining spoken word that had the native speakers just giggling! Who knows what was said, but the story line that I imagined in my head was equally fun.

Scheune did not have a phone so we jumped across the street and asked the owner of the Turkish restaurant, Ararat, to call us a cab. We snacked and chatted with him and his lovely wife Bianca. Grape leaf wraps and fried cheese stuffed filo were the perfect late-night snack to send us back to our hotel.

We may have recruited a new Choir School fans since Bianca is planning on attending tomorrow's concert with her two teenage kids.

So far the folks in Germany have been warm and fun!

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Heather Brace on

Love keeping up with you and Cal through the blog. Looks and sounds like a blast. Miss ya!

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