OT - My Excellent European Adventure Day Three

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Buckwirth
Buckwirth Member Posts: 1,258 Member
All right, time for a little bit of information about why we went to Europe now (you know, rather than some other time…):

The company I work for (a winery) ran an incentive for our largest customer, with the grand prize winner getting six days in Germany and Italy.

I used this as a kind of anchor for our trip, and today is the day that we meet up with the rest of the group from the company and the customer meeting up with us at the Frankfurt Airport. We will be with this group for the next six days, and then back on our own again after that.

Kathy and I got up early for the long walk to the arrival gate (yep, out the hotel, down the escalator and about twenty paces out we were at the gate, a very wise and convenient spend of my miles ). The flight was scheduled to arrive at 9:30, and we were at the gate just in time.

Well, in time to wait. It took a couple of hours, during which time Kathy made friends with an American expat waiting on his son, and I soothed my leg as best as possible on a bench, or at the coffee bar.

Finally, they began to arrive, first our broker and his wife, then my Eastern US counterpart and his wife, then our boss and his wife. Wait, someone is missing? Where are the customer and her husband?

Weather delays in Atlanta caused them to miss the connection in Chicago. We had managed to lose the customer. Oh well, they would be along eventually, and it was not my job to help them. So, out to the (very big) bus, and the ride to Eltville am Rhein.

We debarked at a beautiful hotel, just off the Rhine River. 30 minutes to freshen up, and we are off again (this time in taxis) to lunch. We stopped at a nice, small family run restaurant, and each ordered from the menu typed all in German. The hit of the afternoon was the Riesling Soup, made with the wine that makes the Rheingau famous. After lunch, we headed over to a family run winery (for whom we are an importer in the US) for a tasting of fine, dry Rieslings, each with a retail of 25 Euro and above. The proprietor and his father were very gracious hosts, and we had ample opportunity to enjoy the grounds, some snacks and some other fine wines that were available, including a sparkling Riesling that was very refreshing.

Taxi’s came and transported us back to the hotel to rest up, check on the customer (they had arrived, but their luggage was still missing) and prepare for dinner. That night it was going to be Schnitzel and beer, as we went to a place that seemed to be a forebear of the Southern BBQ joint.
Schnitzel (with your choice from a panoply of toppings), beer, frits, fresh white asparagus (huge fresh white asparagus!) and more. Have to say it was a little bit of heaven in the old town (how old? Not sure, but the area has been continuously inhabited since the 4th century). Finally, a little drunk, very full, and extremely tired, the whole crew hopped back into the taxis for the trip back to the hotel.

One little thing of note: The road to the hotel (just off, and parallel to, the main highway) had an odd left hand turn lane. It was on the right. If you wanted to turn left, you pulled right, and waited for the light to change so you could cross traffic again. If you wanted to turn right there, you crossed in front of those waiting to turn left…

More to come…

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  • pepebcn
    pepebcn Member Posts: 6,331 Member
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    Like it , buck seems things are improving in europe!
    Looking forward to read next post.
    Hugs my friend!
  • KathiM
    KathiM Member Posts: 8,028 Member
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    pepebcn said:

    Like it , buck seems things are improving in europe!
    Looking forward to read next post.
    Hugs my friend!

    Ok, it now becomes clear as to why the Dutch have Holland....
    The Spanish think that turning left from the right lane, across traffic, is an improvement....*smile* just teasing!.....LOVE you my firey Spaniard!!!

    Actually, it sounds like German engineering at it's best!!!!

    (Hummmm, anyone else I can insult while I'm at it??????? ROFLMAO!)

    Hugs, kathi
  • Lovekitties
    Lovekitties Member Posts: 3,364 Member
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    Nice day
    Aren't you glad it wasn't your turn to mind the customer? lol

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Hope you are making a wine list up for us. I was fortunate enough to go to Germany 3 times and the wine and food are very memorable.

    The left turn process must be where the New jersey folks got their idea for the 'jug handle' which is a little circle on the right which has it's own traffic light so that you can cross in front of the traffic instead of making a left turn.

    Hope that you have had some success since your return in getting the leg prob under control.

    Hugs,

    Marie who loves kitties
  • pepebcn
    pepebcn Member Posts: 6,331 Member
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    KathiM said:

    Ok, it now becomes clear as to why the Dutch have Holland....
    The Spanish think that turning left from the right lane, across traffic, is an improvement....*smile* just teasing!.....LOVE you my firey Spaniard!!!

    Actually, it sounds like German engineering at it's best!!!!

    (Hummmm, anyone else I can insult while I'm at it??????? ROFLMAO!)

    Hugs, kathi

    Hahahahaha! Kathi ,good one!
    But notice that we were tired after 200 years of rain and swamps ,that's just the reason , suddenly we realize it was not worthy to remain there having Majorca ,Marbella ,and other nice and warm places wre to spend the rest of our lifes ! LOL.So we live it for willy orange and his gang! Smart decision isn't ?Get fun ! hahahahaha!
  • pepebcn
    pepebcn Member Posts: 6,331 Member
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    pepebcn said:

    Hahahahaha! Kathi ,good one!
    But notice that we were tired after 200 years of rain and swamps ,that's just the reason , suddenly we realize it was not worthy to remain there having Majorca ,Marbella ,and other nice and warm places wre to spend the rest of our lifes ! LOL.So we live it for willy orange and his gang! Smart decision isn't ?Get fun ! hahahahaha!

    Hahahaha! I have forgotten we were pissed of making bloody
    sandcastle to avoid the f.........cking floodings as well ! LOL.
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,044 Member
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    Sounds great
    I love hearing about Europe. One day I will get there!

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • sharpy102
    sharpy102 Member Posts: 368 Member
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    Awe...you should have gone
    Awe...you should have gone to Serbia (to the Hungarian village with its Serbian name "Stara Moravica"...little village...but that's where I came from. :) Hoooomeeee, sweeeeet hoooommmeee! >.<
  • marqimark
    marqimark Member Posts: 242 Member
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    High Life
    This sounds like the HiLite of the trip so far..LOL


    "That night it was going to be Schnitzel and beer, as we went to a place that seemed to be a forebear of the Southern BBQ joint."


    Mark
  • plh4gail
    plh4gail Member Posts: 1,238 Member
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    Smiling!

    Smiling!