We were on a mission this morning to find the items on our shopping list that were a “must have” for our trip home. Laurie, Lucas and I headed out and drove to Wildeshausen. We were mostly satisfied with what we found as far as the chocolate egg selection was concerned.
When we arrived at the house, we had seen advertisements for go-cart racing at the Kartbahn. We had hoped we would be able to take the kids, checking online it was nice to see that they operated “rain or shine”. They were open from 1500-2000 so we got there just after 3 PM, and it was raining lightly.
Due to the wet conditions of the track, we were not able to take out the big carts. The 9hp carts we did drive were plenty fast. After the first 10 minute session, the rain stopped and track conditions improved.
Everyone has a great time, Austin learned the “secret” of drifting… turn the wheel and give it gas until the rear wheels slip and start coming around.
We drove to Delmenhorst and then took the train to Bremen. We walked to the city center and saw the beautiful buildings and artwork. The train was very quiet and fast, only 18 minutes each way.
We returned to Delmenhorst and shopped there as well. We couldn’t find what we were looking for, so in the afternoon I drove Laurie, Cindy, and Heather to the markets in Harpstedt. Our suitcases are getting heavier at each stop.
In the evening, Peter, Christian and Regina came to visit. We had a pizza party watching the big game: Germany versus France. Unfortunately, Germany wasn’t able to score and lost 2-0. Regardless, it was very nice visiting and catching up with family.
We have had several missions that we had to accomplish on this trip, visiting certain landmarks and experiencing particular things. One thing we were able to cross off our list was securing a lock on a bridge over water, we did this in Hamburg.
Hamburg was about an hour and a half drive from our house. As soon as we arrived and parked, the sky opened up and dumped rain on us. We were able to get into the Hamburg Miniature Wunderland after getting tickets and waiting for 90 minutes. The time placing our locks on the bridge.
Today was the first “mostly sunny” day we’ve had in quite some time. We made the best use of it by heading to a place we’ve all heard stories from Laurie and Cindy about: the Magic Park in Verden. This amusement park has a unique feature: many of the rides are “self-powered”, you have to do all of the work!
We woke, had a quick breakfast and packed/cleaned the house. Goodbyes were said to ask of the kids barnyard friends.
We hit the road just after 1000 and drove West, for the most part in the rain. We made surprisingly good time considering the weather, it helped that it was Sunday. We arrived at our final house in Harpstedt.
After we arrived we went and said hello to Ingrid’s brother Peter on our way to visit with her nephew Martin and his wife Connie.
After our visits Dave and Heather joined us at the local restaurant for a late meal after a long day in the road.
We took off this morning and drove along the Rhine to Koblenz. The Deutches Eck is where the Rhine and Mosel rivers come together.
In the afternoon we drive past Cologne to visit Ingrid’s niece Ruth and her family. It was nice to get a home cooked meal and visit with family. Laurie took photos with her camera, they will be posted later.
Saw something interesting while driving on the autobahn. In Germany, they have a lot more rest stops on the side of the highway. Many of them have picnic tables. While driving to Austria the other day, clicking along at about 130 kph, I looked over to a rest stop and saw a group of nuns. Their car was stopped next to a table and they were relaxing. Relaxing by DRINKING BEER. Imagine the décor inside a Buca de Beppo restaurant. We just saw it in real life, I’m not sure why it seemed so I’d when I think about it. But the unexpected sight of those nuns enjoying a poor stop on their journey was very entertaining.
Up early this morning to pack after two fun nights at the farm. We were on the road by 10 and headed for the worlds largest Kuchkoo Clocks at the House of Black Forrest clocks. We arrived just in time for the 11 show. (Video will be uploaded on our return).
After shopping, yes Cindy got a real clock we were of to an Alpine slide we had passed. Second time is the charm, this one was open. Rides and lunch then of for a 2 hour, 50 minute drive that turned into 4 1/2 hour drive due to a downpour and flooding.
St. Goar on the Rhine was very much worth the drive! There are 3 castles and a ruins immediately accessable to the city. Aidan saw the first castle and exclaimed “Hogwarts!”
Or house is an amazing 3 level near the city center. Above the house is a nature trail that leads to a ruins and the bluffs above the Rhine river. Along the way were waterfalls engorged by the rains from earlier in the day.
We had dinner in town and set of on an evening hike. It is very warm and humid, but so worth it.
We left our farm house this morning and set of for Strasbourg, France. Destination La Petite France, a very quaint, tourist friendly of the city.
Travel was very easy, we crossed over the Rhine river into France. We arrived at the city center and had a bit of an ordeal trying to park. Once parked we got directions to LA Petite France, which was only two blocks away. All the walking was playing hell on Joe’s knees so we settled him into a cafe while we set out to conquer bakeries and candy stores.
It was outrageously hot! 90 degrees, we were soaked and in need of some refreshments. We stopped at a cafe, if course.
Ice cream and desserts were the order of the day. We ended up staying for about 3 hours before returning.
Back at the farmhouse we set off for a local castle: Burg
Hohengeroldseck. It was very close to the farm, after a bit of trouble trying to read the information signs we decided it was still open for exploring. The boys are loving the castles, being able to get their hands on history.
We returned to the farmhouse and the kids ended up with frozen pizza. The adults all went down to the Gruber Hof for an amazing late dinner.
Cindy and Laurie had schnitzel, Dave, Ingrid, and Joe had the venison goulash; and I had the venison back strap. Sorry no pictures. Tomorrow: travel to St. Goar.
Today we said goodbye to our beautiful house in Remshart and hello to our beautiful farmhouse in Oberharmersbach! What an amazing find Laurie happened upon on Home Away. We woke up this morning and packed or belongings and cleaned up (the boys fed the neighbors chickens one last time)
before leaving around 10:00 am. We made it easy down south and west of Munich to the small town of Titisee, the beginning of the Black Forrest.
We took the long way around to the Black Forrest, stopping at a Gasthoff for lunch along the way.
We arrived at our farm house at 6:00 pm, we had stopped for more provisions before landing. The boots had a great time checking out the cows, chickens, goats, and farm cats as the adults enjoyed a child beverage on the balcony overlooking this pasture.
This place is a working farm, the have a store/butcher shop. They have REAL Black Forrest ham, and an assortment of sausages that they make (from scratch hint, hint) on the premises.
The house is huge, comfortably accommodating our large group. Tomorrow, France.