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The Jet Lag Is Almost Gone

Today was the first day with really clear heads, the jet lag is almost gone and our bodies are tired at night and alert in the day. So we rented a car.

What a difference wheels make! I missed driving. After getting our ID cards and eating lunch, we headed over to check out Grunstadt. The Grunstadt area is known for it's local wines/vineyards. They don't export the stuff, you have to come here to drink it. It's fairly close to the French border (we are already, Grunstadt is a 25 minute drive). The vineyards there are GORGEOUS! If you've ever been through Washington state or northern California, times that by ten and you'll start to get an idea of what the Grunstadt area looks like. To put this in perspective, the exit we took was called "Deutsche WeinStraße" (German Wine Street). We plan to check out other small villages this weekend. We want something that is close to a bigger city that allows us to access a bakery, cafe, pub and market easily. We'll find it, there are plenty of places to choose from here.

Also, this was my first day driving on the Autobahn. It's awesome! And yes, I drove fast (when appropriate and legal). My top speed was 170 Kmph (just shy of 110 mph) - it's good stuff! And yes, I was sober, very very sober! You DO NOT want to drink AT ALL here and drive, serious stuff!

We had dinner at "Alexandros" a Greek resturant/hotel a couple of miles up the road in Kafertal, Germany. Yummy!

Reader Comments (6)

Why would anyone care to read what you think?! Blog Schmog.

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Fri, July 28, 2006 at 15:45 | Unregistered CommenterCaron



Fri, July 28, 2006 at 15:57 | Unregistered CommenterCaron

Hi, Quinn,

That food sure looks and sounds great!

I'm going back out to SLC again the end of September. I sure appreciated you and your family giving me the "grand tour" last January.

Joann Nichols

Fri, July 28, 2006 at 18:01 | Unregistered CommenterJoann

Looks like your in for another tough weekend! Keep it safe, keep it fun.

Ciao (oh wait, French border...au revoir).

Sat, July 29, 2006 at 8:41 | Unregistered CommenterdavidUT

Hi Quinn
neat blogg! I was out there in your district back in 1971 visiting with a Canadian pal of mine. His dad was in the Canadian army, sharing the same space with the US air force base. I remember this as a very interesting beautiful place with the black forest, great towns like Baden-Baden ( I remember a good contemporary art museum there), and Strasbourg just across the river/border.
Look forward to hearing more.


Thu, August 3, 2006 at 9:11 | Unregistered CommenterBrook

Hey Quinn,

I LOL when I read that you think that Mannheim is just like Paris just a little more clean ...

You shouldn't tell that a french guy ... but I think it is absolutely impossible to make a bigger compliment to the Mannheimers ...

I like your blog a lot and it reminds me on all my attempts to describe how it is to live in Germany to Britney! I think you do a better job than I did. haha

Don't worry about the silly waitress, it was for sure not because you are from the US. In Germany you have to wave your hands high in the air sometimes to catch the attention of the bar tenders. It's also common, that you have to order the bill and many places require you to order and pay inside.

In the US I could never relax in a pup or bar cause after 5 minutes somebody came to ask if everything is ok and as soon as you had the last bite of your meal you got the bill.

Anyways, good luck and keep on writing, I enjoy it a lot.


The German Cowboy ... haha

Wed, August 16, 2006 at 12:12 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous
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