As usual when planning for a trip,
this one required some research on flight availability.
We narrowed our choices down to a few possibilities and finally decided that
Theyve changed the security lines again. Now in addition to a single queue for checking your documentation, theyve made two queues for the x-ray machines. It was hard to tell which one was the shortest since it was difficult to see how far they snaked around. The TSA has significantly reduced the number of active x-ray machines also. We made it through with time to spare though, so BJ headed to the restroom to finish drying her hair. The electrical outlet in the restroom didnt work, so Tony found her sitting on the floor in E-concourse, plugged in. She looked like Tom Hanks in Terminal performing her ablutions in front of the other travelers.
From seats 13H & 13J, we enjoyed a cute
movie, Envy while we dined on Eggplant Ravioli for Tony & Crabcakes
for BJ. We both fell asleep immediately after
our ice cream sundae and slept until shortly before landing.
After changing clothes in the airport restroom (further reminiscent of
Terminal), we picked up our
We set out for
Back on the highway, we headed for Karlsruhe. We parked the car and set out on foot to find accommodations for the night. The Erbprinzenhof Hotel was an ideal location just a block from the main shopping street, Kaiserstrasse and fairly reasonably priced at 78 for a Doppelzimmer mit Dusche, WC & TV (Double bedroom with a shower, toilet & TV). Parking was 6 so we opted to leave our car parked on the street since it is Sunday and street parking is free today. After we settled in, we decided to head toward the big Ferris wheel that we could see in the distance.
The wheel turned out to be on the grounds of a 17th century palace. A quick buzz around the palace and we found a sunny spot at Das Schloss Cafe to relax while we watched the Ferris wheel.
We just had time for a couple of hoepfner pils biers before the clouds really started to look dark and threatening. We had no sooner started back for Kaiserstrasse than the bottom fell out. Although we had on our raincoats, our pants still got soaked. We got a little turned around (lost) and it was raining too hard to get our map out, so we ended up taking a rather long way back into town. Finding some shelter along the way, we waited until the rain slacked off. By the time we got back to our neighborhood, the rain had stopped, our nylon pants had already dried and we were no worse for wear. We had a nice dinner of Schnitzel paniert mit Pommes-frites und Bratwurst mit Bratkartoffeln at Krokodil am Ludwigsplatz. We made it an early night since we were a bit tired from the flight.
Monday, after the traditional German Fruhstucksbuffet (breakfast buffet consisting of rolls, meats and cheese) at
the hotel, we did a little more shopping in
Tuesday after Tony retrieved our raincoats from the hotels restaurant (where we had accidentally left them the night before) he went on a search for a Diet Coke but to no avail. We had our fruhstuck, quickly packed up and headed for another town that might have a Diet Coke for Tony. We took a beautiful drive that led us to Bettenhau where we stopped into the Adler Pub for a couple of Alpirsbacher pils. More driving led us to the Restaurant Olive in Iselshauseh where we sampled Das Hochdorfer bier. Ready to find a place to settle for the night, we headed toward Bad Teinach. We got there just before and managed to slide into the Tourist Information Office right before they locked up for the evening. We picked up a hotel directory and were encouraged by the number of hotels in the small town. We decided on the Hotel Goldenes Fass (52 for Doppelzimmer mit Dusche, WC & TV including Fruhstuck). It is a cute hotel, ideally situated and every room has a balcony.
They only drawback was that it seemed really old and had a rather musty smell. There was a stuffed pig (a real one) right outside our room that was a little disturbing.
After checking in we hiked up the hill to the Schlossberg Cafe Restaurant where we enjoyed a bottle of Fellbacher Weingartner Trollinger (red) wine while we basked in the sun and enjoyed a beautiful view.
Back down in town, we discovered that Heute ruhetag in Bad Teinach seemed to be Dienstag (Tuesday). We finally found a place that was open, the Gastof Pension Waldhorn Restaurant, where we had Schweinschnitzel & Argintinan Rindsteak mit Kroketten accompanied by Affentaler spatburgunder (still more red wine).
Wednesday turned out to be a gorgeous day so
after fruhstuck, we went for a walk on some of the many hiking trails around the
Back in the car, we wound our way up toward
After exploring the Naturpark
Schvnbuch we stopped for a late lunch in Nurgingen. We had French Onion Soup and Italian Toast with
some Meckatzer Lowenbrau Weiss Gold biers at the
Restaurant Cafi Stoll. After
lunch, it was time to start looking for a place to settle for the night. This turned out not to be as simple as expected. We drove through Neckartailfingen,
Thursday, we had our best fruhstuck of the trip same food as everywhere else except the rolls were warm! As we left for the airport, the hotel owner gave us each a Twix for our trip home. It was a very short drive to the airport. When we checked in for the flight (one flight a day), the agent warned us that it was a very full flight and we might not get on. Since we had insider information otherwise, we werent too concerned but when we still hadnt been cleared 10 minutes before departure, we were starting to sweat. We finally got our (Business class) seats, along with about six other stand-by passengers, but a number of stand-bys were left at the gate. There were still a number of empty seats on the plane but we must have had excess cargo or headwinds or something that prevented them from filling all of the empty seats. We felt bad for all of the other standbys left in the gatehouse (while we had champagne, warm nuts, stuffed chicken, steak, ice cream sundaes, salad, shrimp quesadillas and chocolate cookies and arrived home absolutely stuffed).