One of the few really pleasant aspects of living some distance from your closest friends and family is that when they visit, you have a lot to share! This week my Mom, Holly, and Step-Dad, Mark, came to Germany. In this case the joy of sharing was reciprocal since they had parts of Germany they wanted to share with us, as well. Mom lived in Germany while my Dad was in the army in the late 1960’s, and both Mom and Mark have traveled through Europe much more than we have.
After a couple days of getting acclimated to the European time zones and weather by tromping around Strasbourg and Offenburg, Mom, Mark, DS and I waved goodbye to our homebody loved-ones (DH and DD) and took off on a Grand Adventure by train. Our route took us up to Nürnberg (Nuremberg), all the way up to Dresden, back through Würzburg (Wuertzburg) and finally home- about 1,600 km or 1,000 miles. Along the way we had a couple minor mishaps, ate very well, slept badly in several different beds and a few train cars, worked hard to stay warm, played in the snow, spent time with old and new friends, enjoyed some amazing hospitality, explored some really impressive sites and museums, ate even better, watched a crackling fire, saw more snow by train than the film crew from Dr. Zhivago, and generally built memories that we will all be processing for quite some time.
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Since we went by train, our route here is very rough. But, you get the idea. We spent about 20 hours on the train over the course of 5 days. Over the next couple days I will post photos and thoughts on the trip!
A BIG THANK YOU TO MARK FOR SHARING HIS PHOTOS WITH ME AND LETTING ME FILL IN THE SPACES I MISSED