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Sunday, 9 October 2011

There and Back Again...a Mother's Tale

The title is borrowed from a certain Mr. Baggins but aptly describes our absence these past 2 weeks. We have been in the south-west part of Germany visiting our DS, who moved there in late spring to work for 8 months. It was so great to see him and we had a lovely time! Now, where to begin? 

My DH is the guy with the camera and once that thing attaches to his arm, he is in action. He took over 1600 photos and videos! I am feeling overwhelmed with how to edit the lot so I just pulled a few to show you, just to get started. 

We begin in Stuttgart. It's a small city with about 1/2 million population - just the right size for us to start our adventure. I will start with some photos around the old Schloss (palace grounds).  

This is part of the great pedestrian shopping strip  (Konigstrasse) which goes on and on! The yellow banners you see in the center announce their own version of the Octoberfest.
 This is a section of the Berlin Wall.
This is the famous Mercedes Benz museum. The architecture is really interesting. You walk from one floor to the next like a spiral. 




This is my DH having fun with the one and only race car he will  ever  "drive"! 

Here is a very happy mom visiting her boy's place of work.
Here's the drink of Germany! We are at a homey restaurant in the village where our son lives. The restaurant is in a renovated garage in someone's house, right in the middle of a neighbourhood! The food was home-y and yummy! 

Here is part of Market Day (Saturday) in Stuttgart. There are many markets on market day. There is one for food as you see here, one for flowers , another for "fleas". The latter two are found in other squares. There is also an indoor "Market Hall", which, unfortunately we missed!
More royal 'what-its'. You know when you are traveled out when you can't remember names of things. This was turned into a museum. 
The last photo was taken outside the Chocolate Museum in Cologne. That was another part of the trip but I won't show that here. 

I also can't seem to add another line after the photo so I'll stop for now. We are still recovering from jet lag. Thank goodness it's the Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, and we have a lot to be thankful for. We had a lovely time with our boy. He's matured leaps and bounds and we are so proud of him. The weather was fantastic (in the low to mid 20 C) and the beer was good! 

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!  

21 comments:

Siobhan said...

What fantastic pictures!! It looks llike you guys had an absolute blast. :) I loved seeing the photos--thanks so much for sharing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Theresa said...

How wonderful for you to get to visit your son in Germany!!!! Looks like you had a lot of fun!!!!! Love the photos!! Thanks for sharing~~

Carol said...

Welcome home, Melissa--so glad you had such a wonderful trip. I've really enjoyed looking through your photos since we didn't make it to that part of Germany in the spring. I love the pretty pastel shades of the buildings in Stuttgart and all of the historic buildings...

Good luck recovering from your jet lag and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family :)

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful photos and a wonderful trip.

Debbie

Catherine said...

I'm sure it felt wonderful to see your son! Looks like you had a wonderful time! Our family hopes to travel to Germany one day. Thanks for sharing your photos! Happy Thanksgiving!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Loved seeing the pics of your travels and family. Wonderful reunion with your son too. TFS

Anne said...

I was just thinking about you today and wondering if you had come back yet from Germany. And you had!! It looks like you had a wonderful time with your son and husband. I love that little sports car he is in!! Glad to hear you partook in the Octoberfest. Happy Thanksgiving to you! I can't wait for turkey!

marly said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful visit with your son. I enjoyed the photos - thanks for sharing them!

Penny said...

It was like traveling without leaving the comfort of my home ~ thanks for sharing! I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. :)

Margaret said...

Oh Melissa, I'm so glad you got to visit your DS in Germany! I know how much you've been missing him and worrying about him. You have a good looking son, and a good looking DH too! It's so fun to see pics of you all together, and to see the sights of Germany too. Good for your DS to go off on an adventure like this. You must be so proud of him!

valerie said...

Looks like you had a great time touring Germany and visiting your son. Great photos! Nice to finally put a face to the name too! :)

Rowyn said...

Wow, such fantastic photos. Looks like you had a wonderful trip!

Irene said...

Wonderful pictures, sounds like you had a lovely time. Happy Thanksgiving.

Lois said...

What great pictures! So glad you'd such a wonderful time and found DS doing so well. Ugh, jet lag, horrible thing!! Hope you're body clock is back to normal and that you had a lovely Thanksgiving.

Sylvia said...

Melissa, so good to hear that you got to visit, plus you got some great weather as well! Its cold and rainy now, so you were lucky. Looks like you had a blast. I hope your son is really enjoying his time in Stuttgart. We have started our last year here and I am trying to squeeze every bit out of it. I would love to see more pictures of your visit. Hope you get over jet lag soon - its the pits.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Thanks for sharing the photos - it's great that you got to visit your son. Happy Thanksgiving.

Berit said...

Gosh, what a gorgeous trip and family! Looks like you had a great time. :D Love that market day pic; the sky is beautiful! :o

Happy Thanksgiving! (Dear Marc is Canadian by birth.)

P.S. I finally ordered A Very Fine Sampler, whee!! (Entirely your influence.)

Michelle said...

Oh what a great trip! Thanks so much for sharing some of the fabulous photos. Happy Thanksgiving!

KarenV said...

Glad you had fun and that your son is getting on well :) Nice to see the photos and put a face to a name too!

Littlebit said...

Beautiful pictures! We were stationed in Germany for several years..love it!

Joysze said...

Great pictures, Melissa. :)