We finished packing our stuff, grabbed breakfast at the hotel buffet (again, it was so yummy!) and then we checked out. Munich is only about 45 minutes from Augsburg and we made it pretty quickly.
It was SO GREAT to see Anne!!! (And of course, Chris, who is now her husband!) We dropped off our suitcase in their apartment and talked for a bit. It's a cute place, we liked it a lot!
We decided to walk around and see their neighborhood. They are right in the heart of Munich.
|I can't believe I haven't seen Anne in 3.5 years! She is still as beautiful as ever!|
As her American mother, I am allowed to brag. haha So yeah, she looked more beautiful than I remembered. This day, more than any others, I wish the girls could be with us. These 3 young woman miss each other so much!
We saw some beautiful sights.
|Doors in Europe are often extra beautiful!|
|Ignore the cement truck.|
|This is the government building where Anne and Chris got married! Germans get 2 weddings. The civil one and then the church one.|
|A river runs through it|
|You are my sunshine|
|Wow that one turned out pretty cool :)|
More pretty buildings....
|Reminded me of Paris|
We stopped at a great place for lunch. My lunch surprised me a bit. I thought it was going to be a flatbread type of meal, with ham and cheese. Turns out it was just toast pieces with ham and cheese. haha. It was really good though and I ate most of it! Except they gave me 5 extra pieces of bread which was a bit much.
|Not what I expected, but good!|
|I had to get a pic of Anne's lunch. It was an omelet and salad in bowls made of cabbage. It was prettier in person!|
Our beautiful sunshine disappeared while we were in the restaurant. Still pretty sights, though!
|The Rathaus, city hall. Impressive.|
|Yes. This happens.|
|Another view of the huge Rathaus|
|That is a very very small car.|
We talked a lot. We FaceTimed Lea to sing happy birthday! We FaceTimed Lainie so she could say Hi to Anne and Chris! I watched Anne make a terrific dinner, and helped a tiny bit. She made a potato gratin dish that will now be a staple around here. It was sooooo good! And vegetarian. So even Lainie would eat it! Potatoes, carrots, onions, cheese, more cheese, a bit of cream.
We talked and talked some more, and went to bed about 11 since we had an early morning getting to the airport. It was a fabulous day and I am SO glad we got to spend time with them! Anne came to us as a "daughter" in the strangest way....God knew we should be "family!"
We got up and left before 7 am. I hated to wake them, but had to say goodbye! I cried a bit. Tried not to...my record so far on this trip was good. Just a bit of "welling up" but no tears spilling over. As I walked down the stairs, on the street, and even as we started driving, I still cried. It felt like leaving a piece of my heart behind.
We had an easy and short flight to Amsterdam (I love those short flights where the plane never goes very high) and then a yucky 7.5 hour flight to Detroit. Our seats seemed smaller than ever before. It was not comfortable. At one point, I was so uncomfortable and felt like I couldn't go on. I looked at the flight tracker and we still had 3 hours left. I almost cried. But....we made it. And then YAY!! Our family and doggies!!
Feeling very thankful to God for this amazing opportunity.