Friday, August 30, 2013

Late!


I feel like I am late on everything.  I need to get my butt in gear...there are so many long posts I need to catch up on that it's overwhelming:

-The remaining Germany recap(s)
-Connor turning FOUR!  (And his Dr's appt, which included FIVE shots!)
-Connor's party
-Summer visitors (Hopkins Family, Scarlata Family and Lindsay Family, plus grandparents)
-king

I'll get there eventually, though!  For now, how about a little #tbt? 

{Trip to College Station...summer 2008}







And there are no words for this...sometime in Morgantown...
Jenni

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Germany Recap...Part 1.

The last month has been a busy/big month for us.  In addition to our 10 day trip across the pond, I took a new job (within the same company) and I am denying that Connor will be turning four tomorrow!

Anyway, I want to recap our trip while it is still semi-fresh in my mind.

The trip started a little rocky with US Air telling us our flight was overbooked, and due to some issues with our return ticket, we did not have a seat on the flight out of Roanoke.  We were told they could route us through Philly and we could still meet our connection in Munich.  And, they offered $600 EACH for us to volunteer to do this.  We were like "sign us up!" and they guy told us to go to the gate and the lady would take care of everything.  This sounded like a good deal, given we will have to buy 4 plane tickets home at Christmas.  Well, to make a long story short, the guy had misquoted and it was really only $325 each, which was not nearly as appealing.  Thanks to some friendly people who did volunteer to get bumped, we were able to get on our flight and it was smooth sailing from there.

Three flights later, we arrived in Leipzig mid-day and caught a cab out to our hotel.  Let me take a minute, though, to give a shout out to Lufthansa...great airline to fly with!  They were on top of things, and the free wine/beer sure helped, too!  Anyway, sfter dropping our stuff off, we knew we wanted to push ourselves to stay awake, so we set off to explore the town a bit.  We were staying on the outskirts of the city, but there was a nice tram to the city center.  We walked around a bit, then settled on a cute little place with outdoor seating to get a snack.  We could not read a thing on the menu, but we managed get an appetizer and a couple of drinks.  We enjoyed the beautiful weather, the scenery and people watching for a while before heading back towards the hotel.  That evening, we grabbed some dinner and crashed fairly early.





The next day, we woke up early and headed back into town to catch a train to Prague.  We wanted to take advantage of being in Europe and tried to cram in as much as possible!  The train ride was great.  It was cool to see the country side.  There were lots of rivers with bike/walking trails and lots of people camping and fishing.

Leipzig train station.  I thought it was big until we visited those at some of the bigger cities!

Model train you could play at the Leipzig train station


We arrived in Prague and walked around the train station to find something to eat before heading to our  hotel to check in.  We stopped in at this little wine bar and Clay had some of the best food we got the whole trip.  He ordered Goulash and it was delicious!  My meal was good, but nothing compared to his.  I am thankful he is kind about sharing.  (c:  After getting screwed by a cabbie taking us to our hotel, we dropped our stuff in our room then headed out to explore the city.  We walked a lot and saw some cool old buildings and churches.  We finally found the Prague Castle, which was pretty amazing. I was bummed that all the churches charge you money to go in them, and extra money to take your camera!  On our way back to the hotel, we stopped to grab a drink (or two...!)  We stopped at this place that I called "The Dungeon" because it was so dark.  It was a good choice because the beers were cheap!  I am talking half liter beers for less that USD 1.50!  If you know me, you likely know I am not a beer drinker.  However, I tried something called a Radler, which is beer mixed with Sprite.  Sounds random, but was actually pretty good.  There was enough sweetness from the Sprite to cut the bitterness of the beer.  Maybe I can use that to learn to start liking beer?!

First meal in Prague!









Changing of the gaurds 



My Radler


Check out those candles on the left!

Cheers!





We took advice from the hotel staff on a place for dinner, and she did not steer us wrong.  That evening, I got the better meal, but both were delicious.  We took a quick evening stroll across a beautiful bridge in the city before heading back to our hotel for the night.  We both crashed hard again!
Prague at dusk!


Less than 24 hours after arriving, and after yet another delicious meal, we were heading back to Germany.  I would have loved to spend more time in Prague, but we had to get back to Leipzig so Clay could attend meetings or something silly like that!

Jenni