Beer & beer

How do sunny weekends start back home in Frankonia? With a local brewery tour & tasting or learning what a beer & a pork schnitzel have in common. It was a great night out. Happy (early) Father’s Day!

Just a normal beer tasting!
Beer secured. Only in Frankonia…

A delayed Mother’s Day celebration.

It’s wedding time! My favorite cousin got married! We had a blast & a hangover next morning. Ouch!

The groom broke his foot at his own bachelor party 2 weeks ago 🙊
Love ❤️
For the happy tears…
Delicious & root cause for next days hangover
Best wishes to the newly weds!

A wonderful weekend back home. Goodbye family, see you soon again! 👋

Dog tired, too.

Memories

Sometimes in life, we’re given second chances – opportunities to start over and make something different of our lives or learning to appreciate life after a traumatic (motorbike) accident. That’s us!

Today one year ago, the motorbike accident happened… memories coming back these days…

Every day is a good day for a BBQ or fresh flowers on the dining table! Every day is a good day to stop working on time to enjoy a walk outside! Every day is a good day to be thankful, especially for the simple things in life, we too often take for granted.

Happy 2nd birthday! Every day is a good day to celebrate! Cheers to life and all the beautiful moments we’ve had and we’ll have!

That’s why we sent flowers to the couple who was in the car and unfortunately got involved in the crash. Enjoy them!

The following song was running all day in the radio a year ago… music can be powerful.

⁃ Memories – song from Maroon 5

Here’s to the ones that we got

Cheers to the wish you were here, but you’re not

‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories

Of everything we’ve been through

Toast to the ones here today

Toast to the ones that we lost on the way

‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories

And the memories bring back, memories bring back you

There’s a time that I remember, when I did not know no pain

When I believed in forever, and everything would stay the same

Now my heart feel like December when somebody say your name

‘Cause I can’t reach out to call you, but I know I will one day, yeah

Everybody hurts sometimes

Everybody hurts someday, ayy ayy

But everything gon’ be alright

Go and raise a glass and say, ayy

Here’s to the ones that we got

Cheers to the wish you were here, but you’re not

‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories

Of everything we’ve been through

Toast to the ones here today

Toast to the ones that we lost on the way

‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories

And the memories bring back, memories bring back you

Doo doo, doo doo doo doo

Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo

Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo

Memories bring back, memories bring back you

There’s a time that I remember when I never felt so lost

When I felt all of the hatred was too powerful to stop (ooh, yeah)

Now my heart feel like an ember and it’s lighting up the dark

I’ll carry these torches for ya that you know I’ll never drop, yeah

Everybody hurts sometimes

Everybody hurts someday, ayy ayy

But everything gon’ be alright

Go and raise a glass and say, ayy

Here’s to the ones that we got (oh)

Cheers to the wish you were here, but you’re not

‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories

Of everything we’ve been through (no, no)

Toast to the ones here today (ayy)

Toast to the ones that we lost on the way

‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories (ayy)

And the memories bring back, memories bring back you

Doo doo, doo doo doo doo

Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo

Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo

Memories bring back, memories bring back you

Doo doo, doo doo doo doo

Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo

Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo (ooh, yeah)

Memories bring back, memories bring back you

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, doh, doh

Memories bring back, memories bring back you

Cheers to all beautiful moments in the future! Create memories and enjoy them!

Give your loved ones an extra big hug today!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Vienna

The Prater 🎡

Vienna is all about coffee & cake, Franz & Sisi, Wiener Schnitzel & Wiener Waltzer, classical music & classical architecture, a city for foodies & art fans… and perfect for us. We had a fabulous girls weekend.

Sisi
Franziskaner is a coffee in Austria, not a beer like in Germany…

The Hundertwasser Building: an explosion of bright colors, different shapes, unmatched windows, and lines of all sorts.

Grownups turning into children again… enjoying the oldest amusement park in the world: the Prater.

Unique Traffic Lights.

City hunt for the best Sachertorte, Viennese classic dessert that consists of a decadent chocolate cake with apricot jam in the middle.

Not only the emperor’s favorite…

Wiener Schnitzel
Tafelspitz
And this beauty – Gustav Klimt’s ‘Poppy Field’ – will be in my home office as of tomorrow… cannot wait to work. Lol.

Oh and happy May 1st! The best month of the year 🙂

Dandelion flower

It’s spring. It’s Dandelion time. Nobody likes them. Especially not in the garden. Except hubby. 2 years ago he tried to produce a beer out of them. That kind of worked out: it tastes disgusting, so beer turned into vinegar. And that one is delicious, actually!

Here are some more interesting facts about the dandelion flower:

The dandelion is the only flower that represents the 3 celestial bodies of the sun, moon and stars. The yellow flower resembles the sun, the puff ball resembles the moon and the dispersing seeds resemble the stars.

The dandelion flower opens to greet the morning and closes in the evening to go to sleep.

Every part of the dandelion is useful: root, leaves, flower. It can be used for food (or beer!), medicine and dye for coloring.

Up until the 1800s people would pull grass out of their lawns to make room for dandelions and other useful “weeds” like chickweed, malva, and chamomile. Wow!!!

The name dandelion is taken from the French word “dent de lion” meaning lion’s tooth, referring to the coarsely-toothed leaves.

Dandelions have one of the longest flowering seasons of any plant.

Dandelion seeds are often transported away by a gust of wind and they travel like tiny parachutes. Seeds are often carried as many as 5 miles from their origin!

Animals such as birds, insects and butterflies consume nectar or seed of dandelion.

Dandelion flowers do not need to be pollinated to form seed.

Dandelion can be used in the production of wine and root beer. Root of dandelion can be used as a substitute for coffee.

Dandelions have sunk their roots deep into history. They were well known to ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, and have been used in Chinese traditional medicine for over a thousand years.

Dandelion is used in folk medicine to treat infections and liver disorders. Tea made of dandelion act as diuretic.

If you mow dandelions, they’ll grow shorter stalks to spite you.

Dandelions are, quite possibly, the most successful plants that exist, masters of survival worldwide (that’s unfortunate for gardeners).

Bee Happy Gardens.

The colors of spring!

glamping!

One year ago, it was impossible to cross European borders for a weekend getaway.

We packed our bags for a glamping trip (another one of those trips which got delayed for months due to the pandemic). Dog on board. Bonjour France!

Arrived!

Nestled in a hilly landscape between the River Le Rhine and the Vosges mountains in the Alsace. Bonjour France!

We followed the house rules: do nothing, sleep in and wake up with the sun, enjoy the nature, put some wood in the stove, looking at the rain falling, listen to the sound of silence, afternoon siestas …. It was wonderful!

A crackling fire is all you need…

Weekend mood. Sunday mood.

Hubby developed a new shrimp marinade: olive oil, earl grey tea and IPA mixed with salt & pepper – super delicious!

Slow mornings. Breakfast is served!

WI-FI (uhm…what?)

A little trip to the Alsace villages… super beautiful!

A cup of tea and that book I wanted to read for a while… The sun, rain, nature, a crackling fire – a perfect weekend.

Happy place Stuttgart #2: Great Barrier Reef

(Unfortunately) Australia is a bit far away for a day trip… Let’s go Pforzheim!

A trip to the amazing Great Barrier Reef.

The gasometer, built in 1912, served as a balancing tank for Pforzheim’s gas supply for almost 100 years and is now one of the last remaining bell gas tanks in the country. It presents today the world’s largest panoramic artworks by the artist Yadegar Asisi.

The artist:

Since 2003, the artist Yadegar Asisi has been creating monumental 360° panoramas up to 32 meters high and 110 meters in circumference. What began as a project in a listed former gasometer in Leipzig has since developed into a studio with panorama houses in currently seven cities. Asisi composes the visually powerful panoramas from his project-related research archive of up to 50.000 photographs, drawings, sketches and painting works. For the “collection of material”, he often carries out extensive research and photographic journeys on the respective topic: e.g. to Australia for the GREAT BARRIER REEF.

Creating day & night in the reef. Not only fascinated by the art but also the technique!

Tens of thousands of underwater photos and a collection of artistic sketches went into the creation of the panorama.

He captures the beauty of our natural world.

A journey to miracle.

In the panorama, the submarine world opens up as if from a vantage point below sea level. In color gradients of shades of blue, azure and green, the refraction of light in the ocean makes the strange world of corals and sea creatures glow in the panoramic image, especially near the surface of the water.

Wowed by the magical world coral reef.

Happily diving the Great Barrier Reef for hours… definitely a happy place.

spring. 2nd trial.

Let’s try that again! Hello spring!

Hope that was the last snow last weekend…

Spring is in the air.

Tulips. So many beautiful tulips!

Lemon tree is back outside in the garden.

Beer storage started in the garden.

The birds are twittering.

Be aware of first insects.

The sun is getting up earlier. Every day.

Have you had your first ice cream of 2022 yet? It’s waiting…

Get your spring & colorful clothes out & on.

Winter coat gets a break.

Picknick. Outdoors.

Daily BBQs (not that would be a difference for us).

Being outdoors until the sun gets up again.

It’s the delicious season again.

Garden work started. First plants seeded.

Looking forward to spring.

The outdoor season is opened! Time to be outdoors m again. A nice chair and a good book and a deep breath!

Hello Easter weekend!

Dutch developed a new tulip named in honor of Ukraine and featuring the yellow and blue of the Ukrainian flag. Named the “Tulip Ukraine” (Tulipa Ukraine”).
These are gorgeous and need to be planted everywhere possible💙💛
📷: Hoven & de Mooij bv

the North

Apart from the urban area of Akureyri, Northern Iceland feels fantastically remote and desolate.

Some villages seem like the perfect setting for a murder mystery or tragic love story. Lol. You may never find the dead bodies since the snow won’t meld on top of the mountains.

North east: winter bliss.

On top of Iceland.
Geothermal field of gurgling sulfur cauldrons and boiling mud pits. The smell: disgusting.

Back in civilization. Feels awkward after a week in isolation.

Traffic lights in Akureyri are heart shaped ♥️
“Waterfall of the Gods”

Road trip continues north west: rain, snow, hail, fog & iced windscreen wipers for the last 4 hours drive. -7C degrees. Wow!

Lucky us the roads remained open… otherwise we must have stayed longer. Damn it.
Ice 🧊 Land!
Iceland Sea 🧊

Deserved after todays driving: Happy Hour!

the spirit of Iceland

We completed a >1330km super-scenic road trip on Iceland’s Route #1. The landscape revealed itself in a cinematic fashion. Every day. Wow!

Iceland, The Land of Fire and Ice, is about the size of Portugal and the most sparsely populated country in Europe, which leaves roads quite and makes it driving heaven.

🌈

Last stop today: Reykjavik.

Oh dear, unfulfilled wishes…
Hearts shaping the way to the “Bridge between Continents”: symbol for the connection between Europe and North America ♥️
N63° 52′ 5.558″ W22° 40′ 31.588″ Bridge between Europe and North America
The Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are continuously drifting apart with great forces under the gaping rifts.

9 days ago, an Icelandic podcast on the airplane inspired me. Following question was asked to locals:

What’s the spirit of Iceland?

And their answers were: the natural environment, the change of seasons, catastrophic weather, erupting volcanoes, earthquakes, the swell of the sea, Icelanders are extremely optimistic, chaos, carelessness, creativity, island fever, forget how isolated they are, sometimes they are leaving to come back to see what they have, space, peace, freedom, easygoing, it’s all about the simple things: water, lava, focus on sustainability… “Why not? Everything is possible!”

I love that mindset. It’s about the simple things. Enjoying the moment or how the locals say it: “Petta reddast” – alles wird gut!

Dear Iceland, I can’t get over you! I may have to come back… next time in summertime ☺️

Bye bye 👋

PS: Iceland has more than 30 active volcanic systems. We got an earthquake warning on our phones the other day and figured out that 300 “little”, not noticeable earthquakes were happening since our stay. Ok…!