Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Our First Day in Germany

The first day in Germany we left from London and arrived in Frankfurt around 9:30 am. By the time we got our luggage and found the car rental it was probably 11:30. The first day we had planned on going and visiting my cousin that I haven’t seen since I was 13.
We drove to a little village in south Germany called Claw which is SE of Stuttgart and got there a little late due to construction on almost every motorway we went on. My cousin had lunch for us and the table was all decorated and had tons of food on it. If they had come to our house the food probably would have been on the stove top and self-serve. We had great food and my second cousin was there to translate for us. I know I’m German and should speak the language but my German is very bad.

About an hour and a half later she said she had a light snack for us. By light she meant a pie and two cakes. A thousand calories a slice type cakes. Then another hour went by and she asked if we would be ready for dinner at 5. It’s a good thing we were only there that one day. We excused ourselves to go check into a small Gasthaus for the night and returned at 6 for a meal of salad, sandwiches and more deserts.
They showed us some pictures of different things around there and one was a picture of a large roasted pig. I asked where they found a place to roast something that large and was told that almost every village had an outdoor oven that was available for anyone in the town to use. While at the Gasthaus I looked out back and seen two outdoor ovens that must have been for that purpose.
The next morning we had breakfast which is included at almost every Gasthaus consisting of boiled eggs, meats, breads, fruit and cereals. All in all it was a pleasant visit and got to meet some relatives I haven’t seen for 50 years. We got some rest that night and traveled to a town NW of Munchen called Altomunster to go to Oktoberfest the next day.

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