Today was the day I was going to meet up with Ursula, she is Anne's mom. For anyone reading this who doesn't know, Anne came to us out of the blue due to a very long story....she stayed with us for about 3 weeks when she was 21, 4 years ago. She is our German daughter, my girl's German sister. She is VERY special to us!! We get to see her soon....today I got to see her parents!
First I had breakfast in the hotel. I slept in today and noticed when you go to breakfast at 9:30, you will not see the restaurant full of business men, but full of tourists. I finally saw a bunch of women. Haha
I made my way to the mall next! It is super easy to get there because it's on the same street as the hotel. Traffic does move a bit fast, though. But I made it! Yay! I parked. OK that sentence is too short and sounds too normal. Parking spots are also very narrow. Our rental car is smaller than my car at home. Quite a bit smaller. But it's harder to park because of the dang narrow slots. I had to drive around a bit, passing several spots because there was no way. I found one with way more room around it than others, but I still had to make a 17 point turn to get into it.
OK into the mall!! I left early so I could find our meet up spot and look around. As I was on the escalator, I was worried about the parking pass and if it was right. (I thought I should have a paper one, but it spit out a card at me, and I was worried I had somehow taken a monthly parking pass or something and would have to pay 50 Euros to get out.)
|OMG did I get the right parking pass?|
Ursula found me and it was so nice to see her again!! We walked over to the edge of the Altstadt to a little cafe for lunch. It was so cute! You know I love the Altstadt. (Old city.) It was a tiny little cute place. I had Maultaschen which is like a veggie-filled ravioli. Kind of. Usually I have seen them served whole, but this place cuts them up and sautés them, so they were bite sized. It was good!
|This was the cafe. So cute!|
|It was a cool, crisp day. Ok, I was cold.|
|Another Altstadt canal. Ursula said there are more canals and bridges in Augsburg than Venice!|
|These used to all house textile factories. Most were torn down, these remain and are being fixed up.|
|Threads used to be made here|
|There were many hands-on exhibits. This one had flax, hemp, cotton, and silk to touch.|
|One of many big, old machines|
|Big, old machines with a photo of many big, old machines as they used to be|
|They have a few that still operate and they make things here like towels, some clothing, socks|
|This was a giant dress, and the fabric swatches came from old books of fabric samples.|
|This was fun! It was a giant dress form and you controlled the "fabrics" on the dress by clicking on what you wanted on this computer.|
|This was a silk screened fabric from long ago|
|It's a wedding Dirndl!!!|
|I LOVED this dress. Wish the pic came out better. It was gorgeous.|
We got to fake try some on!
|Check out this amazing pant suit!!|
|A cool "underwater" display|
After the museum, we went back to the city and the Altstadt.
|I can't get enough of it.|
It's an OLD and gorgeous place! Ok are you ready for this...parts of this church are from 200 - 300 AD. Wrap your brain around that one....
|Ursula, the Queen of Augsburg History, says these doors used to stand open in Roman times and carriages would ride right through the church! These are huge, by the way.|
|These pieces are from 200 AD when the church was built. They may be replicas....I am not sure|
Next we walked back through the Altstadt to get to the mall to head home.
|A bridge over a large part of the canal|
|This part of the canal was rushing by and goes right under the buildings and street|
|This is inside a small theater/restaurant. It's a grate where you can see the water rushing by.|
|This one is just outside the Altstadt.|
|This was a circus tent with lots of trucks and trailers...it's a traveling Shakespeare play! So cool.|
Went to dinner at the Schlachthof. This means slaughterhouse. Not kidding. I have eaten in 4 (former) slaughterhouses this trip! Himmelgrün, Kälberhalle, Nachtstallung, and now this one. It was good....a very American style menu. I had a cheeseburger!!
|I seriously am getting all teary again looking at this!|
|This "desk" is an old butcher table from the slaughterhouse. Sorry, vegetarians. It has many knife cuts still in it. They did a great job getting the blood out, though.|
I almost forgot a picture of the 3 of us, so it's grainy and dark!
|Such great people!|
So guess what? NO parking spots at the hotel now. None. Not even one by a pole. I had to park next door at the car repair shop and go in to the hotel and ask the desk clerk where I can park. Apparently, there is a parking garage under the hotel. Who knew? He says "here is the key" and I assume it's to enter to the building once I am in the garage. Maybe there is a locked door for safety. I pull around to the back of the hotel and see the STEEEEEEP driveway down. Hmmm. OK. I drive down and turn the corner to go in and there is a big door. Closed. Hmmm. OK. I reverse up the super steep driveway, with a curve. Let me tell you Americans something. German cars beep. A lot. When your car is near anything. Behind you, in front of you, even next to you!! My car is beeping it's freaking beeper off. But it doesn't tell you what you are close to, on which side. Just beeps. And I have to give it a LOT of gas to make it up the steep hill. I finally get there, after backing up, inching forward to straighten out, backing up....did I mention the steep driveway also curves? Yeah. I did. You can't even see this door from the top. So I am back at the top. And I notice a small thing with a lock. I stick the key in there and I can hear the big garage door opening. A green light comes on in a minute and I drive back down the steeeeep driveway. And turn the 180 degree turn at the bottom. There are maybe 8 parking spots, and 6 have POLES. There were 2 straight ahead, and I of course chose one of those. They had no poles. But let me tell you, People, there is NO WAY on God's green German earth that I can back that car out of there. Forget those 17 point turns. This would have to be a 439 point turn. And even then, I am not sure. I would also like to note that it is creepy down there. CREEEEEPY. I was scared out of my gourd. There are also about 4 doors, and the one that leads to the hotel was the last one I saw. But whew, I made it! Good thing I am taking the tram tomorrow to meet Ursula again. And hey Brad, come home soon....I have a surprise for you! Bahahahaha!