Woke up to our first German snow! 4 weeks here and this is our first.
|Our back patio|
Brad got us some fresh pretzels, rolls and some Krapfen (donuts) and we left at about 8:40 am. We found the train station we were looking for and made it on time!!
|Lea was actually awake and excited!|
|Here it comes! My first real train ride.|
|Anne met us at the train station! Good thing because it's complicated to get around!|
|Waiting for the tram to take us to our first stop|
It was great to see our Anne again! Lea couldn't stop telling her, "You're pretty!" Anne suggested we visit a place where she used to live because of great city views. It is a home for college girls. So they have apartments for a very good price in an expensive city. It is run by nuns, very safe.
|She had to ring for the nun to come out and ask if we could come in.|
|Darn fuzzy shadow in my camera!! Look at that view!|
|Lea loved it out there|
|Nice view over here|
Next we went through Marienplatz which is the city center. There is a market there...so cool! And of course lots of cool buildings.
|The top of a stall|
|Rathaus (City Hall)|
|Rathaus with a crowd gathering|
|The Glockenspiel, it actually was working for us!|
|The Rathaus courtyard|
|Wanna know a secret?|
|Lainie listening to a German thing about some German thing.|
|These 2 are of the Karnival show|
|Just another view|
|I am not a fan of sandwiches at home. But over here, this stuff is soooo good!|
|This is a pavilion where Hitler himself stood and made some speeches. I had knots in my stomach. Sobering.|
|Found a window full of Barbies! It was a cool display, Lea loved it!|
By the way, did I mention how COLD it was? We have been enjoying warm weather for a month. Today was really cold, with even colder wind. Lea was unhappy at a few points as she was colder since she was in her stroller. We stayed warmer with all the walking!
|A good restaurant, although I was NOT gonna eat a hedgehog.|
|Anne's lunch...a common German dish. Potato wedges with an herbed quark sauce and salad. I think we ate more of her fries than she did!|
|Brad, Lainie and I all had homemade Kaesespaetzle! (A German mac and cheese) It was so so so so good!|
As we walk throughout German cities, it is common to see outdoor seating still open. Even today when it was cold and snowy. Many have blankets for you to use!
|Oh this was fascinating! Outside of an Apotheke (druggist) was a vending machine with drug store items! Since everything is closed on Sunday, this could come in handy!|
|The Madonna of the Carnation|
|I got yelled at for being too close to take this picture. So enjoy it!!|
|Walking to the subway|
It was getting late so it was time to go. Since we are the worst kind of Americans/Canadians and don't know how to use public transportation very well, especially in a foreign country, Anne took us all the way back to the main train station.
We took the train back to our station and drove home. Lea napped on the train. We were all worn out!!
In the midst of this amazing fun day, we were still thinking of loved ones back home celebrating the life of my friend Alaina. I wish I could have attended the funeral. But I know one thing for sure. Her death is a reminder that life can throw curve balls at you. Live life to the fullest! What good would it do to sit home and cry? We were given this incredible opportunity and have to take advantage of it all.