Bonjour! Petit Dejeuner with cafe au lait and a croissant on the Champs-Élysées, ehm, I mean on the Vogelsanstrasse in the beautiful West of Stuttgart.
French capital vibes & savoir-vivre in Stuttgart in Covid times.
Saturday morning. A walk in the West of Stuttgart with a baguette in my arms. A little break at the beautiful lake watching the swans.
My „Tour de France“ in Stuttgart.
We all miss traveling. Of course it’s not Paris but I discovered beautiful little corners which made me feel (for 2 hours) being in France. French charme. French vibes. French taste. French spots with Paris-Flair, Gourmet-Baguettes, Tartelettes & beautiful faces of buildings. Très bien!
„Le Tonneau“, „La Boulangerie“, „Chez Ginette“, „Pâtissier“ – more Paris or France is not possible.
It offers anything your (at least my) heart & soul need:
French cheeses sold by a wonderful French lady. It helps to dream (and taste) about France without being able to travel there.
A wannabe Italian (with bright Swabian accent) selling Italian goodies: Buffalo mozzarella bringing my mind immediately back to Italy. And chocolate truffles. Fresh pasta. And he successfully sold me „Italian Obatzda“. We had fun and lots of heart warming laughter. And his stuff is super delicious.
I also enjoy buying vegetables from the local farmers who are fun to talk to. I purchased the last kilogram of local white asparagus (we agreed on a pre-order for next week).
Olives in garlic. And fish: tuna cream. Scallops. Graved salmon… 2 fresh lemons as gift included. Mmmmmm!
Is there anything better than watching people with a coffee to go and a fish roll? Or chatting with the sellers? And finally carrying a big basket with lots of delicious goodies home?
Hello weekend! Dinner plans are made after successful shopping at the market.
On the way home a quick stop at the flower shop: margaritas in pink for the garden.
It’s April. And cold. Winter is unexpectedly long this year. Our heating oil empty. And so is our fire wood. All of that noticed too late (awesome project management). The indoor temperature (11C degrees) is sometimes lower than outdoor (today 16C degrees). Even the dog is shivering. Brrrrr!
Take a walk outside to warm up.
Go to bed and snuggle into the heat blanket (doesn’t work so good with video work meetings. Lol).
Working dressed in winter coat (like in China not too long ago). My (Chinese) boss knew immediately what was wrong (and laughed). Ha!
I enjoyed negotiating oil prices today (passion for negotiating supplier quotes still available. Lol). Quote accepted but delivery only in 2 weeks.
Fishing out cashmere woolly jumpers from China again.
Hubby digging out Chinese heaters again (Chinese plugs not matching German plug socket though). We shared our Chinese sun instead.
Hubby cutting up Christmas tree (will never complain again that he keeps everything). Fire wood for tonight. Yeah!
It’s gonna be an early night with heat blanket! Don’t know how we made 3 Shanghai winters like that! Brrrrrrr!
Hang on, new idea: a weekend in the van with diesel heater (made in China).
Hey, at least the outdoor gastronomy had a guest this week. But where’s snowman’s mask?
It starts again: seeding tomatoes and feeling like a Queen over the first little green pearls. Sinking deep into the lounge chair and watching the first flowers blooming. Sticking the nose into the first homegrown herbs while making dinner plans. Hello garden, we are ready (after the next forecasted little snow & rain phase).
If hands are tied, you stick them in the soil in your garden. If you cannot meet people, meet your plants! No chance to plan anything since COVID, planting is very satisfying. It gives you a little bit of the missing freedom back. The freedom to plant and and be creative in your garden as you wish. Our garden was already in 2020 our safe haven and it looks like again in 2021.
Nothing beats the feeling of freedom when you are on the road.
Bon voyage! One week ago we left towards the north of Germany where friends & family live and Covid numbers are low. We neither had a plan nor expectations. And those are sometimes the best days! We had a fabulous time.
Every kilometer the country gets flatter and flatter. I love the northern part of Germany. It still feels like a second home.
Carrot cake. Tiny houses. Coffee & crepe to go. Worpswede strolls (a new favorite next to Pauline: pistachio ice-cream). BBQ. Home made burgers. Walking in the rain. Alpaka on tour. Sleeping in. Thai Massage. Sunshine. Lazy time in the garden. Spring flowers.
Riding a bike. On the road again. (Online) wine & beer tasting. Chillin on the day bed with a beautiful garden view (squirrels included). Cake pops. Niece time. Sister time. Swamp walks (pretty scary in the dark). Egg hunt. Best Pistachio ice-cream ever. Practicing English vocabulary with uncle Scott. Shopping (meet & collect!!!). North Sea. Crabs & Jever. Sunshine! Chilling in the beach chair. Lighthouse. Wind turbines.
Girl’s night: Autokino in our camper van. Popcorn included. Charlie also. Fun nights!
Enjoying vacation, sunshine & Alpakas.
Scenic Picknick. Spring. Sunset.
Thanks for having us! We enjoyed a lot. Looking forward to seeing you very soon again!
Another beautiful day. Another day road trip. Today’s goal: driving between the River Weser and River Elbe. First stop „old county“ next to Hamburg. Apple trees everywhere. They will bloom in about 4 weeks. I can just imagine how beautiful this will look.