Mainz to Baumholder to Landstuhl
We got up early to pack and head to the new location, Landstuhl! My step dad and Tommy (co-worker) had to work again, so we actually ended up in Baumholder (quaint little town worth an hour or so visit). Baumholder is quite nice, quiet and has some nice little shops on the main street. We ended up having coffee at Café Carl (a local place) where we did feel a tad bit out of place. The bartender was quite surprise that I spoke German, as she clearly assumed I was an American from the local Army base and wasn’t able to chat with her. She was a bit more pleasant when I conversed (as best I could) in German. The place was smoky and clearly a bar, but we needed a hot cup of coffee to warm our hands up and use the restroom!
We then browsed a few local shops, which were nice. We finally ended up at Vis a Vis! This is a local café on the main streets corner, where we had an absolutely terrific lunch (I had Sahne Schnitzle with a fabulous little German salad and French fries). Mom had a delicious egg and vegetable dish (forgot the name) that tasted yummy from my bite! The waitress there was super friendly, and brought us some wonderful Riesling with our very lovely lunch! You could tell she was pleased we stopped by to eat.
Shortly after our conversation with some local painters (who also thought we were Americans and couldn’t speak German) we gave them a laugh, while we briefly conversed. We said hello in German “Guten Morgen” to which they replied “Hello” and we tried to attempt to convince them we were indeed German not American. “Heute, wir sind Deutsche!” I don’t think we were very good convincing them!
The guys picked us up on the corner (I know it sounds a bit fishy) and we headed on to Landstuhl.
We stayed at a fabulous hotel, called Hotel Christine! I love this traditional hotel with typical German furnishings. The Cockpit Lounge/restaurant downstairs has a wild aviator themed ambiance and was mostly full of American contracted workers. Above the bar, a DC-6 propeller is used as a ceiling fan, a single engine airplane shows its interior. We enjoyed some wonderful Riesling, Goulash Suppe and Turkey Salat (Turkey Salad). I was so blessed to have my own room that overlooked the medieval style castle (Burg Nanstein) right outside my window. When I came back that night, the castle had an eerie glow with beautiful up lights highlighting its ruins and the flags flying high above the partial ruins! It was another foggy, misty night and wow what an absolutely incredible sight!! I kept my window open all night so I could view the castle as well as enjoy the crisp night air. Looking forward to checking out Landstuhl in the morning and afternoon with Mom!
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