Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ding Dong, Dorcas is Dead

Our 1991 Volkswagen Golf is no longer among the living. She gave up the ghost a few weeks ago on the Autobahn. Dorcas (may she rest in peace) valiantly carried us to many exciting destinations in Europe and she will live on in our memories forever.

We now have a new car (pictured below), which has not yet been named. If you feel so inclined, place your name nomination in a comment to this post.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Easter Egg Market in Kloster Eberbach, Germany

Kloster Eberbach is a former Cistercian monastery on the east bank of the Rhine River. It was one of the largest and most active monasteries in Germany. At the Easter egg market, there were 80 vendors from 10 different countries. Amazing what they can do with eggs. We forgot to charge our camera battery, so it died after just a few pictures, but we later remembered the camera on the phone, so we got a few more pics.

We got front-row seats on the upper level of the double-decker bus

Gate to the monastery

Kloster Eberbach Monastery

Lady painting eggs

Annette with an egg lady

The exhibition hall

The beautiful eggs we bought. On the blue one, there are tiny holes amidst the design that you can see if you click on the picture to enlarge it.

A castle view from the Rhine River cruise

Another castle

Annette on the bus

Niederwald Monument overlooks the Rhine Valley. Finished in 1883, the monument was constructed to commemorate the founding of the German Empire after the end of the Franco-Prussian War.

Above and below: Views of the Rhine Valley from Niederwald Monument. Note the vineyards on the hillside. The vineyards are everywhere in the region.

Our lamb cake, which was gone about three minutes after this picture was taken