This is how I how I spent my first weekend in Germany. I have no idea where it was, though I’m sure if I put some effort into it, I could find out. But for now, I’m content with just knowing I’m living in a postcard perfect, story book land.
We drove about 90 minutes through valleys and around mountains to get here. Chasing rain and overcast skies the whole way. Hoping that things would clear up once we reached our destination. And as we drove into this village, the skies opened up and we didn’t feel a drop the rest of our time there.
It would have been very easy for me to spend the entire time taking pictures. From people, to food, to the architecture, and landscape, there was no shortage of scenery to admire and enjoy. However, I tried very hard to be present and just experience the festival, so I don’t have very many photos to share. The ones I do are the highlights of the day.
We found parking on the ride area of the festival. Walking through, towards the vendors, then eventually over the bride and to the main food area. The drink of the day was a wonderful dry white wine. The specialty of the festival is called “new wine”. It looks a bit like cloudy lemonade, because it has been recently bottled and not yet clarified. It’s a fruity wine, plummy with an ever so slight crispness to it, much like a tart apple. It’s a deceptive drink, one where you could quickly reach the bottom of a bottle before you realize just how strong it is. We ended up only sampling it, sharing with our friends the M’s. Now, I’m kicking myself for not purchasing a few bottles. Next time!
One of the things I really like about festivals here is the non-disposableness of most things. If you order a glass of wine, a beer, and sometimes a plate of food, it’s served to you in glasses or on dishes. In the case of beverages, you pay a deposit and turn in the glass every time you purchase another drink. When you’re done you can receive the deposit back or you can keep the glass. Order fries or pizza, they’re served on very thin, small, paper plates. Order a brat, it’s served in a small roll with a smaller napkin. Also of note, you pay to use the toilets where lines can get pretty long; and finding water can be difficult, a lot of vendors sell canned soda as an alcohol alternative. So make sure you have some spare change and bring some water with you.
Having made our way from one end of the festival, filling our bellies, then back again, we took the kids on a few rides. In the background of this first one you can see the Hubby with Charlie pointing at me and Bravo. Our friend is in cahoots with them and is also hot in pursuit. Thanks L for taking the pictures of us!
We had arrived to the festival later in the day, on purpose. The whole event was capped off with a fireworks display over the river (Rhine I believe). It was sort of a “dueling” show, with mortars shooting from the banks of the river and along the ridge line and castle.
It was a spectacular way to end a fantastic day.