Markgräfliches Schloss Erlangen

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    • Day 14

      Erlangen, Germany

      June 13, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Well, we arrived in Germany. It only took us one tram, five trains (I lost count really), one bus and 20 minutes of walking. We started at 07:45 and arrived at approximately 15:00. We were beyond tired as we took our last steps for the day! Note to self - travel shorter distances with three littles in tow. They really did great! The last train was the toughest as we loaded on, but found no seats. I was carrying a large backpack and Mabel, roughly 60lbs, I think. We had been trading off holding her, but at that point Seth was navigating us. Luckily, upon arrival we were greeted by Pablo, his friend's dog, which quickly perked our girls right up.

      We arrived into the Erlangen area in Germany just as the poppies came into full bloom for the season. This is their sign that summer is here. This also means warmer weather for me! We may have a couple days above 90 degrees.

      While in the Erlangen area, we spent time with old friends of Seth's. His friend was a big part of Seth's inspiration to go on this European adventure and part of his interest in learning German this past year. If you did not know, along with completing his Master's in Finance, he also began studying German quite intensely. Seth visited this friend last after our youth mission trip to Spain 21 years ago. This couple has been so kind to invite us into their lovely home and show us around Bavaria. They even lined up bikes for us all, so we can see the town like a local. This is a big biking community. His home is so funky and artsy with four levels surrounded by a flower and vegetable garden. He remodeled most of it himself and built his own furniture - lots of talent here.

      We have enjoyed many meats and Adalynn helped his wife cook a traditional German meal of potatoes, white asparagus and ham. We went to purchase the white asparagus the day before from a quaint, neighborhood farm. Mabel is very carnivorous and prefers the small cured sausages. Demi enjoyed beef tartare with cracked salt and pepper on pita bread. Addy really enjoyed the prosciutto the best. I prefer to stick with fresh vegetable from his garden and any chocolate.

      Here the kids have truly had a blast! They luckily had some toys on hand that were an extra surprise of fun for the girls. This couple is just so wonderful! Lots of fun and memorable conversations!

      Then we ventured on bikes into Erlangen for the best pizza of my life with this magical (just an exceptional parmesan) cheese and arugula made by an Italian family. Oh my! No words can describe it well enough!
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    • Day 105

      Erlangen, Germany

      September 12, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Well, here we are living in Germany just outside Nuremburg.

      Things we are learning:
      *Recycling rules are intense
      *Their "spicy" salsa tastes like Texas bbq sauce
      *They are not fans of doing things digitally, which requires lots of paperwork and extra bike rides
      *Google translate and deepl are my good friends now
      *We are trying to bike everywhere and have no car (by choice)
      *A picture of walking home after grocery shopping: Mabel chilling in the bike seat with her feet resting on my seat, a grocery bag on either handle bar, large backpack full and me walking trying to keep the bike upright over a 1km walk - a little bit much (I need to learn to make smaller trips)
      * There is a season here called fall where leaves turn gorgeous colors.... Hahaha
      * Most houses have total blackout window shutter things that are amazing!

      School attendance is quite strict, but they have lots of play time at school. The big girls are attending a German public school. Mabel will start a German kindergarten (Prek) in November. They really enjoy school and are learning to speak German quite quickly. Most kids walk solo to school by the age of six. I am working on feeling ok with this. They could totally do it.

      Our neighborhood is quiet and many homes around are built in the 30s. We live near a large forest and can bike so many fun places. Experiencing life from a different angle...
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    • Day 8

      Nordwärts am Main-Donau Kanal

      May 12 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Es regnet weniger 🙂. Noch etwas hügelig bis Hilpoltstein und dann immer geradeaus am Main-Donau Kanal nach Hause (Erlangen) zu meinem Papa. Aufwärmen, lecker essen, erholen, gut schlafen, quatschen und neue Energie sammeln…Read more

    • Day 6


      May 24, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Heute Mittag ging es dann noch nach Erlangen: Erlangen ist eine fränkische Großstadt im Regierungsbezirk Mittelfranken des Freistaates Bayern. Die kreisfreie Stadt ist Universitätsstadt, Sitz des Landratsamts des Landkreises Erlangen-Höchstadt und sie ist die kleinste der insgesamt acht Großstädte Bayerns.
      Klein aber oho! Verkehrschaos können die hier schon mal und zwar so richtig. In einer Bäckerei in der Fußgängerzone gab es heute mal Küchlies zum frühen Nachmittag. Erfreulicherweise liegt das Schloss in Erlangen direkt in der Stadt, sogar ebenerdig. Ein mal rum, durch den Schlosspark und wieder zurück. Ich wollte ja heute noch ein paar Kilometer auf der A3 schaffen.
      Bis Aschaffenburg bin ich dann auch noch gekommen. Dort stehe ich auf einem gratis Womo Platz, habe sogar Strom für lau....
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    • Day 25


      October 22 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      Aufgrund der Wettervorhersage von gestern, die ab Mitte kommender Woche viel Regen vermutete, beschließen wir, unsere beiden noch ausstehenden Touren nach Ansbach und Amberg zusammenzulegen.

      Heute brechen wir am frühen Vormittag auf. Ziel ist es immer noch, in allen deutschen Landkreisen einen Geocache zu finden. Das verläuft heute ganz erfolgreich. Wir werden fündig im Landkreis Nürnberger Land, in Erlangen, in Fürth, in Nürnberg, im Landkreis Fürth, im Landkreis Schwabach und im Landkreis Roth.

      Eine längere Pause machen wir in Erfurt, wo wir das Schloss von außen betrachten (Baustelle!), durch den Hofgarten wandeln und die Sonne im Botanischen Garten genießen.

      Gegen 17 Uhr haben wir das Tagespensum geschafft und suchen einen Übernachtungsplatz in Abenberg, wo wir einen ganzen Wohnmobilstellplatz für uns alleine haben.

      Genervt sind wir etwas von den vielen, vielen Umleitungen wegen Straßenbaustellen inner- und außerorts, zusätzlich noch diverse Sperrungen von Ortsdurchfahrten aufgrund von Straßenfesten. Teilweise sind wir von einer Umleitung in die nächste gefahren, ohne zu wissen, ob wir überhaupt noch richtig sind. 🤔 Die Umleitungsbeschilderung ist häufig nur für Ortskundige verständlich. Und unser Navi versagt auf ganzer Linie. Das musste sich heute sehr oft unser Geschimpfe anhören. 😠 Sollte jemand einen Tipp für uns haben für ein gutes Navi, das die aktuellen Straßensperren kennt und uns nicht durch die schmalsten Straßen schickt, um einen Meter Fahrstrecke zu sparen, dann wären wir dafür sehr dankbar.

      Ach ja, die Wettervorhersage wurde inzwischen übrigens wieder geändert ... 🤦🏻‍♀️
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