The Wine Road is a 50 km stretch of road in southwestern Germany where there are hundreds of wineries and vineyards as far as the eyes can see. We were incredibly lucky and had AMAZING weather. It was cloudless and 75 (don't ask for the Celsius, I don't know!) the whole weekend with low humidity. PERFECT.
We rented a car and so I got to drive on the Autobahn this weekend. It wasn't really that exciting to tell you the truth. Maybe if I had a really nice car that was really smooth at 100 mph then I would like it. But, our rental car was a Chevy Cruze, there were four of us and we had about 40 full wine bottles in the trunk...not exactly optimum conditions for driving without a speed limit. For me, it was more stressful than fun as the Germans I encountered were massive tail-gaters, non-turn signal users, and there was often traffic that would stop rather suddenly. I guess next time I will have to rent a really expensive, fancy car in order to take full advantage. Driving in Düsseldorf in the dark on Friday night was probably the most stressful part of the drive as there are construction projects, trams, bikes, and many pedestrians everywhere and I don't know where I am going even with a GPS! But, now that I've rented a car once, it won't be so bad in the future. It makes me feel like an independent, real person unlike last year in England where I was too chicken-shit to drive and also I didn't have easy access to renting a car anyway.
Being that it is 2011 and who doesn't like to be connected, we had plenty of technology with us!
|Two i-pads, one kindle, 4 digital cameras, 3 smart phones, 3 ipods, a GPS, and a good 'ol-fashioned road atlas got us through Germany! Guide book....schmide book!|
There are bike paths and walking paths everywhere in the area. We could just walk right into the vineyards, and so, of course, we did!
|Creeping through the grape vines!|
|There were still a few grapes left of the vines. Yummy!|
|Twenty seconds later...|
All for only 1€!!!
|I feel like our car's trunk was actually carrying this much wine! At least that is what it felt like when I tried to "step on it" while on the Autobahn. The lack of pick up might have had to do with the cake we consumed too!|
|Lauren with our new favorite wine. |
Castle walls, delicious wine, gorgeous weather, and amazing scenery.
|This picture was easy to guess! A wine-swilling chairlift!|
|The view from the castle was also quite beautiful! Hambacher Schloss- it was called.|
We now know that "Schloss" is the German word for castle.
|The little hike up to the castle.|
|Remember that I could have been living in Kuwait this year!|
I am betting that there are not any Kuwait Wine Roads where they serve bacon-filled snacks!
Score again for the land of pork and alcohol!
|I like big bottles and I cannot lie. Baby got bottle! (Thanks, UT!)|
|Rhonda "coming in for a landing" in front of the Wine Gate.|
I know it is blurry but it looks like she fell from the sky and landed right in front of the gate!
|Standing on the Germany/France border.|
"Ich bin in Deutschland" and "Je suis en France" on the other side!
In two countries at once!
That's a first for me (although I've been in 4 states at once!)!
|View from Heidelberg Schloss.|
|The French blew up the castle in the 1600s and it hasn't been the same since!|
If you're keeping score...and I am...
Score: Last year- 0 This year- + 1 million.
Next up: Parentals visit in three weeks! I can't wait!!