Back from the Land of Red-Tiled Roofs and Delicious Breakfast Rolls…..
September 13, 2009 by thickethouse
- Nathan and cousin Lea blowing bubbles after the wedding
(Not sure why the title only appeared with one picture! The first on the upper left is inside the church in Heidenheim. My brother in law, Franz Jalics S.J., is the priest. The second is of a playground in Heidenheim the next morning. Nathan was climbing this sort of spiderweb which he called “a wobbly inspiration”. The third picture is my bil again with the bride and groom, Sabrina and Christof Jalics…………)
I’m back from “the old country” as Paul would have said. Back from the beautiful rolling hills of southern Swabia and the lovely Bodensee. Back from a happy time spent enjoying the warm and amazingly generous hospitality of relatives not seen often enough……..
The wedding itself was very beautiful and Nathan and the little daughter of friends of Christof and Sabrina were lovely flower children. They moved a little too quickly for me to get good pictures of them and I didn’t have my camera at the reception, Alice has great pictures on her blog at http://aliceclaus.wordpress.com/
. The wedding of my nephew Christof and his charming bride Sabrina was also a bit of a family reunion. In the home of Christof’s parents, Joshi and Christa, there were about twenty people celebrating together, although only about fifteen or so were there together at any time. With amazing generosity from neighbors who were going away on vacation and offered their entire house for our accommodation and we all had places to stay just a minute walk across the street from our host’s home in tiny Hinzistobl on a hill above Ravensburg, Germany, a medieval market town now known for manufacturing toys and games. There is a new and lovely museum of the history of the city.
The day after the wedding we visited a magnificent Baroque Abbey church in Neresheim and another morning had adventures going to Friedrichshafen by train. (Alice and I were on the train with Nathan and the doors shut leaving Mike and Joshi with the tickets standing in horror on the platform.) But all’s well that ends well and we were reunited in an hour or so and had a lovely afternoon beside the Bodensee, otherwise known as The Lake of Constance.
Nathan was taken to see a nearby castle with a museum of knightly clothes and weapons and Alice, Mike and Nathan spent a day in Switzerland so Mike could visit the Clock Museum in Zurich and we also had time to visit Munich and BMW World and explore the area around Marianplatz with a German meal in the little beer garden of a restaurant near the parish church of the Holy Spirit. In just a few days a lot was happening and yet we all had most meals together at Joshi and Christa’s. We played Maxile (Liar Dice) together every evening, and Nathan had lots of time to jump on the trampoline at the neighbor’s house, watch their three little black chickens scratch about the yard, paste stickers into his Pokedex and play with the lovely playmobil pirates and knights that were a gift from the bride and groom.
I’m still trying to remember and appreciate all that happened. I’ve never made such a short trip to Europe and yet it was crammed with incident and activity! I kept a little journal of what we did, but after Thursday noon there are no entries! I will have to try and bring it up to date as well as I can before I forget. I don’t want to live in the past, but I like to keep my memories. Next year Joshi and Christa are planning a trip to England, but the year after there is a chance they will come to the USA! We’re keeping our fingers crossed.