Welcome, Uncle Daryl!!

Last week we had a very special visitor–Uncle Daryl!!  He had been on a business trip in London and was able to get away to enjoy Switzerland and Italy, and then Germany and Czech Republic in a whirlwind.  He accomplished something like 6 countries in 5 days!!

We were so glad to have him here, to show off our little city, and then to travel to unknown territories (Prague!) with him.  On the first day we spent time touring Heidenheim, hiking the castle, and doing some shopping.  We then went to our favorite dinner spot, Stattgarten, for some Deutsch Essen. 

Daryl and Castle View in Heidenheim

In Front of Lauren's Favorite Building

Spilled My Purse, Just Like the Fountain Lady and Her Dumplings

Clearly, this latest photographic masterpiece came straight from the magical advertising mind of Daryl.  I wouldn’t embarrass myself in my own home town for just anyone!

The River Brenz--Hence the city name, Heidenheim an der Brenz

On Thursday while Russ was at work and having conquered Heidenheim in the requisite half day, Daryl and I decided to take a train to Munich.  On the way there we found a quiet compartment all to ourselves.  This enabled the learning to begin–Daryl’s acquisition of basic German.  I think it could be an excellent business prospect.  “Visiting Germany?  Need to Know the Basics?  We’ll teach you in the time it takes to get to your destination…”  Regardless, he accomplished numbers, days of the week, and even dabbled in translating an advertisement. 

Our Private Compartment--Teachers' Lounge?

Munich Rathaus (Town Hall)

Rathaus--Just Missed the Playing of the Glockenspiel


We only had a short time in Munich and we wanted to get out to the Palace, so we took a Hop On/Hop Off bus to see more of the city.  The Nymphenburg Palace was built in the Baroque style during the 1700’s.  It is quite expansive, elaborately decorated, and maintains a beautiful green park of almost 500 acres. 

Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace-Front

Inside the Palace

We enjoyed the scenery and the paintings, but without tour or audio-listening device, we turned to ourselves for a slight bit of entertainment. 

Mirror Art? One in a Series of Many. Too Many.

We enjoyed our time in Munich, but it was time to head home.  I had already skipped German class for the evening, plus we had to get home to have dinner with Russ.  Turns out we ended up eating at Roma, our favorite Italian place nearby, and were joined by TWO friendly and furry creatures.  Here they are:

Furry Friend #1

Maybe-Not-So-Furry-Friend #2


Stay Tuned for Prague!

5 responses to this post.

  1. Amazing buildings! I’m still in awe–though I’m sure it’s WAY better to see it all in person. Oh, and about coming home, I think I’d prefer being welcomed to furry friend #1–wayyyy furrier :).


  2. Posted by Pam on November 8, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Great blog! The picture of Daryl overlooking HDH is great; thepicture of Lauren in the train in spectacular! And I would have loved being in on the photo of Daryl and Lauren in the palace, of course!


  3. Posted by Rick on November 8, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Hi Guys,
    Your posts are great. You are really taking advantage of the opportunity and Sally and I are reliving our travel days 35 years ago vicariously through you two! How long are you there? I would be great to visit and take you to our old stomping ground in Bad Kreuznach. If you every want to head that way, we could forward you the address of our former landlords and great friends, Walter and Etta Engleman in Mandel, a 1050 year old weindorf in the Rhineland Palatinate wine region. They would enjoy meeting you. They have met Kate and Tom and Rob and Jean and Lee many years ago. There are also some great castles along the Mosel river. Good wine too.


  4. Posted by Irene on November 10, 2010 at 4:08 am

    I like Lauren’s favorite building too! And the panoramic picture of Heidenheim is also neat.


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