Friday, February 27, 2009

The last few days - Germany, February 09

On Sunday morning we had planned to go to Reutlingen to visit Matze, Jutta and Oscar, but the road conditions were crappy.

So we put Amy to work instead :-)

We had lunch in the Alte Muehle in Waldbeuren with my mom, my uncle Fritz and his wife Maria

Our rental car was an Audi A3

After lunch we went on a run in the snow

Running on snow like this is a bit like running on sand

On Sunday afternoon we visited my friend Helmut and Angelika and they have this adorable Podenco dog named Perla.

I love those ears

The Rottweiler Narrensprung starts on Monday morning at 8am with several riders on horses. With the weather being somewhat iffy, I decided to watch with Amy and not make my costume dirty.

A short clip of the Narrensprung

Two Schantle are sharing a story

This Federhannes is smaller than the kids he is approaching

This Fransenkleid and the tiny Gschell are about to pass out some candy

A Schantle reaching out and down, and yes, that is rain on the mask.

My mom and I

A few Federhannes figures scheming

Amy enjoyed a Gluehwein during the parade

Another clip from the Narrensprung

Several Federhannes are seen here working here as a team

My niece Sara Nina loved the experience

This Schantle costume must be quite old. It has a tag from 1930 on it. These yellow and black tag show what years the costume participated.

One of the 7 or 8 Benner Roessle (2 herders with a "horse" and its rider) in action. They are at the beginning and the end of the Narrensprung.

A clip of the Roessle doing what they do best

A complete family of Narren after the Narrensprung

When I pulled out the camera, this young "guys" immediately struck a pose

We had a mellow day on Fat Tuesday and noticed a big herd of sheep on our way to Ravensburg

We had our last lunch in Germany at the Cafe Central in Ravensburg

Amy also enjoyed an Apfelsaft Schorle in the Cafe Central

And just as it started, the Ostracher Fasnet ends with a fire on Fat Tuesday night. But this times the witch gets burned and the other witches are beside themselves.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Witches, baths, Munich and more - Germany 09

After lunch on Wednesday we visited my uncle Fritz and his wife Maria.

On Wednesday night the witches in Ostrach get freed and that is the official start of carnival in my hometown.

More images from the freeing of the witches / Hexenbefreiung in Ostrach

On Thursday we watched how locals and the local carnival groups took over the downtown area of Ostrach.

The mayor's office has been taken over.

The big Narrenbaum / carnival tree is put up by hand

As the tree is almost up, someone tried to sneak into a pic with Amy.

And the tree is up.

Amy surrounded by carnival (Fasnet) figures from Ostrach.

Thursday night we went to the thermal bath in Bad Saulgau. It is called Sonnentherme.

A small video view of one of the Sonnentherme pools with 98 degree water temps, surrounded by snow.

We had dinner in downtown Bad Saulgau after our swim and bands and groups kept coming in to show their joy that carnival has begun.

Amy had trout and potatoes for dinner.

I had pork medallions, mushrooms and Spaetzle.

More bands and groups showed up in the restaurant, including the Fanfarenzug Bad Saulgau.

On Friday, we went to Munich and Maria gave us a small tour in the afternoon.

There was snow and a pretty strong police presence.

That night, Nicolas and Maria introduced us to the Wirtshaus in der Au in Munich and the food and atmosphere was terrific.

We really enjoyed our evening with Nicolas and Maria.

We wanted to see the Kandinsky exhibit in Munich

But a possible 2 hour wait to buy tickets just seemed too long.

Amy, are you sure you don't want to go to Starbucks?

You can't go to Munich without stepping onto the Marienplatz and looking up to the Glockenspiel

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Another trip to Germany - the first days

The long escalator to the international terminal in Atlanta

Amy is connected in the airport in Atlanta.

It is now Sunday and the Delta monitor shows us that we are almost there.

On the way from the airport in Stuttgart we stopped to see my sister Sandra in Weinsberg

Early start on Monday morning with a Fleischkaese sandwich in Ostrach

We enjoyed lunch in a cool new restaurant in Ravensburg called Wilderer

In the pedestrian zone in Ravensburg

What a difference a day makes. Lots of fresh snow on Tuesday and Amy worked hard.

Shoveling snow is so much fun

Peaceful, cold and beautiful

Trying to catch Amy

Another run is in the books

A bit later that day, Amy in front of the Narrenbrunnen in Bad Saulgau

After dinner, more snow. Brrr