Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mama Shock Came To Germany

I learned a lot about my mother and her two best friends recently. This a public blog so I won’t reveal too many details :)

After traveling through Europe for 10 days, my mom, Karen, and her friends, Judy and Chef Mari, came to Kaiserslautern for a few days.

I found them a nice penthouse apartment downtown, rented a car and planned a loose itinerary.  

They got into the Frankfurt airport around 5pm. My mom thought it would be hilarious to wear “I Love Italia” tee shirts to see what my reaction would be.

I’m not sure what she expected but the first words out of my mouth were, “you are so dorky”. Yep, that is what I said to my mom after not seeing her for 3 ½ months.

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That night we took them to one of our favorite restaurants, Restaurant St. Martin downtown. Next, we checked them into the apartment and they were pleasantly surprised. The apartment sat right downtown above the pedestrian out door mall (Denverites- think a classier version of 16th Street Mall.) It was on the 6th floor. One floor higher than many of the buildings downtown, providing them with a phenomenal view of the city.

The entire living room was surrounded by windows.
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The next morning, I took them for coffee and pastries at the Backeri and piled them in the rental. (My first time driving in 3.5 months… IN Europe.) With the help of a GPS, we made it to Bingen with no problems. Bingen is along the Rhine River and where we boarded our river cruise. We boated up the Rhine, stopping in Bacharach for lunch and castle exploring.

Bacharach’s main attraction is the Stahleck Castle that looms above the town providing great views of the Rhine.

View from the Castle
After wine drinking and appetizer eating, we headed back to Kaiserslautern for dinner. We went to Bistro 21. It’s on the 21st floor of the tallest building in the city. Great nighttime views! We drank wine and laughed until we (almost) peed.

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Free day! I gave the ladies a day off from strict schedules and let them wander around our town, go shopping and eat gummy bears. I also had a mini tripped planned to the beautiful Japanese Gardens and Hannen Fass, this amazing nicely lit sporty bar with adorable wandering dogs and country music blasting. We ate the pomme frites and drank altbier. Altbier, which means old beer, refers to the pre-lager brewing method of using warm top-fermenting yeast. Wildly fascinating, I know.

Japanese Gardens 
Pomme Frites. Nom Nom Nom. 
Later that night, we all (including Dan) went to dinner at The Spinnrädl. It’s one of the oldest buildings in Kaiserslautern, still standing from 1740. It’s a traditional German restaurant and a place I’ve been hearing raves about. I had the Flammkuchen, which is a local specialty. It’s very thin dough rolled out with toppings of bacon, onions and a creamy cheese, it is then baked at high heat for a short about of time. It was amazing and I can’t wait to try it again. AH! Yum.

I was OBSESSED with these owl tea light holders.
No they did NOT end up in my purse.
But I'm not saying I wasn't tempted...
Group shot! 
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Dan had the next day off so he drove us all to Bad Durkheim. If you remember its a cute wine town just half an hour from us. We drank wine, ate lunch, and stocked up on bottles of wine... since it IS a wine town. 

If you haven’t spotted the theme for their trip: It’s eating and drinking wine. I know my audience.

We spent that night watching chick flicks and drinking our newly acquired wine before dinner. At 8, we headed to a Tamarillo, which is a phenomenal Spanish tapas bar. Sangria, bacon wrapped dates, calamari oh my! The tapas were small and there were 5 of us, so we tried most of the menu!

It was a great ending to their trip. Lots of eating, drinking and laughing-- just what I needed- a little dose of Mama Shock!

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