At the neighborhood joint. (Picture courtesy of Katherine) From left to right Me, Cheryl, Katherine, Matthew and Justin
The next day all of us (minus Justin he had to work) headed out on the Frankfurt on Foot tour ....of course!
After the tour we had lunch which was an interesting experience with some language difficulties, I was kind of embarrassed because after living here almost a year this was one of the worst language barriers/miscommunications I had been in. At least we introduced Matthew and Katherine to the donor kebab, a European speciality and a must have.
After lunch we took Cheryl to the train station to head up to Dusseldorf and hang out with one of our friends from Salamanca, Juanjo.
It was time for a break so we headed home where Justin was stirring up a German meal of bratwursts and potatoes for dinner. We enjoyed them on our balcony and had a nice evening of great conversation and just some good laughs.
He looks so happy!
Nothing like a bratwurst in Germany
We finished the trip off with a little World Cup action and the signature Applewine (not a favorite). It was great seeing everyone and I hope Matthew and Katherine had a blast on their first European adventures.
After an early trip to the airport my Uncle John and Nancy from Stuttgart showed up with my 85 year old Grandpa aka Gramps around noon on Saturday. I admire my Gramps for making the trip all the way to Germany. His trip was for two weeks and my Uncle has been showing him all around. Frankfurt was the last stop for two days. We took them to our favorite Italian restaurant before seeing a few sights.
Uncle John, Gramps, and Nancy
Our Italian restaurant and yes the World Cup is on in the background. You can't go anywhere without a TV on with the games...love it!
Gramps and I
We took them to see the big cathedral aka the Dom and it was a huge hit. I told them as much history and facts as I could remember. My Uncle John couldn't stop taking photos. From there we walked through the Romer and onto St. Leonard's for mass. My Grandpa said going to mass in St. Leonard's church was one of his favorite parts. The church was built in 1219 and not badly damaged in the war so a lot of it is original. After mass we went to dinner at none other than our neighborhood place (I can't believe we went there twice in three days, we are taking a break for now). We caught the England vs. USA game.......Way to go USA!!!
In the Romer
The next day we had the pleasure of taking them to our church, ICF. Justin was playing in the worship band that morning and so they got to see him. They were welcomed by all our friends and I hope they enjoyed it. From there he had lunch and then they headed back to Stuttgart as my Gramps was flying back on Monday.
I always love seeing family and this visit was no exception. We had a great time and we were loud everywhere we went and I wouldn't have it any other way.
I truly think it was an amazing thing for my 85 year old Grandpa to fly all the way to Germany. That is a true example of only having one life to live and rockin it out!!!