I love America, but there is so much to see and experience in this world and I don't want to miss any of it.

We lived in Germany for two years when I was in 2nd and 3rd grade. We lived on base for part of that time and Rachel and her Mom are living in the exact same complex we lived in while we were there in the 50's. It was weird, as we drove up, walked up the stairs in into the apartment, I said, "I know where the bathroom is, right behind the front door." It was, weird.

The past two weeks in Germany have been relaxing and fun. These are real pictures we took, not post cards or commercial shots. This country is really this beautiful and clean.

Eating in Europe is an experience all in itself. There is no rush, no loud music, no one making you feel like you need to get out so the next customer can sit down and spend money. No one is pushing more drinks on you and you will not get a bill until you ask for it. Neither of us had indigestion the whole time we were there and we often ate at 9:00 o'clock at night. We want to remember that and slow down.

We walked miles and miles. There are beautiful walking paths everywhere. You don't need a car. Between the walking paths and the train system, you are set. We walked from Meisenbach to Lanstuhl. It took 1 1/2 hours. We took the train back 1.50 Euro and 5 minutes.

Our time with Rachel was precious, it is fun to see young people with the future shining bright before them, go into the world with enthusiasm. It renews my own personal enthusiasm for life.

And guess what? We got bumped on one of our flights so we have a free round trip ticket to Ireland for next year. I don't remember Ireland, so this will be a great exploration for me.


guten tag! sounds like a tremendous adventure!

I'm glad you saw beautiful things, relaxed and had great alone time with Lee. He shares you way too much when you're home. It sounds like it was a wonderful vacation, thanks for the amazing photos.

It's great to have you back here at work, the pictures are amazing! I cannot wait to visit other countries as you have. :-D

The pictures are absolutly beautiful. It sounds like you had a great time in Germany. I always love coming to your page and reading you postings!

Love all your pictures! Sounds like you had a blast...relaxing. I think those are the best kinds of vacations where you can eat late at night & just slow down!