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A Castle, Cars, Joe Cocker, Chocolate, and Rubble Hill

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19 11 6:06 pm    Post subject: A Castle, Cars, Joe Cocker, Chocolate, and Rubble Hill Reply with quote

Just got home a couple hours ago from a business trip to Germany. Great place, friendly people, good food, and great beer. I was in Stuttgart and have been there as some of you know several times. Each trip I find new stuff to explore.


The view from my hotel room. The hotel is a huge complex, to include theaters both movie theaters and several broadway-type theaters, stores, pubs, a casino, and on and on.




The other part of the hotel.




Of course one of the first things we do after landing is head over to the PX aboard the old German Tank Base now an American base called Panzer. We load up on water and snacks…much cheaper than buying out on the economy. This is across from the PX aboard Panzer,


On Sunday after getting a good nights sleep (or sleep anyway) I asked the folks at the front desk of the hotel if anything fun was going on today. I was told of a music festival downtown Stuttgart. We went to a festival last year downtown so it was probably the same. So we jumped on the U-bohn (public transit train) and headed for the town center.




It was a beautiful day folks were laying on the grass and chilling.




Of course we found the beer tent and got either a hefeweizen (wheat beer) or a Pils.






There is a sectioned off part of the festival that had a huge stage where the musicans played. I did notice the stadium seating had actual seats not the typical stadium seating found in the US. Cool.


We were bummed that we missed Joe Cocker by a couple days! That would have been sweet.


I wanted to drive this back to the hotel…but as was pointed out by my “friends” I don’t think I could have fit into the thing! I would look like Herman Munster sticking my head out the roof!






While I was walking around exploring a neighborhood one day I spotted this barrel. I had not seen a wooden barrel shaped this way before. And of course my thoughts were how cool it would be to turn it into a smoker!






Another day I headed downtown to hit my favorite cigar store as it wasn’t open while we were there during the festival. I picked up a box of nice cigars and after leaving the cigar store I ran into a farmers market.
















Notice the Spargel or white asparagus….very popular in Germany.




I wanted to dive in to all the bread and just chow down…it all looked and smelled so good!






Yep, a sax playing guy with a parrot on his head…there has to be a joke there somewhere!


Back in the hotel room I was checking out the “bar”.








And if I wanted to enjoy any of this stuff here is the cost. 1 EUR (pronounced euro) equals $1.43. So if I wanted to drink that really small Pepsi in the fridge it would cost me 2.90 E which is $4.15 US. I typically pull tjhis stuff out and put my water and snacks from the PX.


Across from the hotel is a biergarten.


A great place to chill after meetings and enjoy a Dunkel (dark wheat beer) and a cigar while talking with friends.


You order the beer on one side and the chow on the other.


Beer side.




I order a breaded snitzel (can be pork or veal this was pork) with potato salad. It was not bad from chow at a biergarten.


Followed by a dunkel and a cigar!


Walking back to the hotel from the biergarten I spotted this Thing! Cool, had not seen one in a long time!




Another afternoon we hit the Ritter Sport chocolate factory…we do every visit!








There is row after row and bin after bin full of chocolate!






A chair and sofa at Ritter. It was very comfy!




In the hotel there is this small café that serves great looking desserts.


One night after supper I grabbed something.


I don’t know what this is but it was loaded with plums and nuts! It hit the spot!


One afternoon after the meetings several of us jumped in the car and headed for a place called Schloss Solitude. It was nearby and we wanted to get out and about. It was a castle built in the 1700s by a Duke that wanted a place to rest while hunting.


While it was not a castle that I had imagined it was a huge and beautiful place.


Nice view from the castle.




While we were there two guys come driving up in an Alfa Romeo and an Aston Martin!!!














Then a truck pulls up and unloads this Porsche! Pinch me!






So what a great day this is turning out to be!


Then a Bentley drives up!








Wooden features.


The guy driving it says this is not a refurbished Bentley it is in original condition he is the third owner.


Did I mention the Fiat that showed up!








And another Porsche!




It was wild how all this unfolded. Guys just kept showing up one by one driving these remarkable cars. And they would answer our questions the best they could. We pieced together that this is the start of an annual gathering where they remember a nearby race track that is no longer there.


I walked around the other side of the castle and a big semi was parked there.


And I find this beautiful huge car sitting there!


This thing is beautiful!












Sitting beside the other car is this brand spanking new ride!








The back seat.


Top down.




The guy said this car is 800,000 E which means $1.2 million US. The guy said the front seat really isn’t that comfortable because behind the driver is a wall so the driver cannot recline any. But this car was not made for the driver it was made for whomever is sititng in the back. Wow.


And coming back to the front another car showed up!












What a day this turned out to be! As we were walking back to the parking lot we said we should pull our rental car around and jump out and all push it back in line with the other cars like it was a jewel just to see what they would say!


Ok, so we get to the parking lot and there sits this RR in the old wooden garage!


This thing is beautifully classic stunning really.




I went to this huge three story book store in downtown Stuttgart. On one of the floors was this grilling display. Cool!


At one pub we stopped at a buddy that had been there before said they had Beer Schnapps. What? Beer Schapps? Never heard of beer schapps. Had to check it out. So I bought several small bottles. Have not tried it yet but it is unique enough that I had to get some. Anyone ever hear of beer schapps? There are two kinds a clear and a dark. The waitress told us in broken English that the clear is “hot” like vodka with a slight beer taste and the dark has more of a beer taste. Can’t wait to try it!




We went to a place we had heard about called Birkenkopf or Rubble Hill. Here is where parts of buildings and stonework was dumped after the bombing of Stuttgart during WWII.


Found this big guy on the walk up to Rubble Hill.








The view of Stuttgart from Rubble Hill are spectaular.












There was a German couple biking in the area so we talked with them a while and I was intrigued by their bikes. Looks like it has some type of motor or power and the suspension system looks cool tool.


On another walk about I found this kiddo playground with a cool web thingy to climb. I had to resist the urge to jump on and have a go at it!


A neat little fish pond in a nearby park.


Ok, this has to be the biggest dandelion I have ever seen! It was about a foot tall and as wide..huge!


I don’t know if its an actual dandelion but it looks like one!


On our last evening in Germany we found yet another biergarten and enjoyed the evening.


We had our last snitzel and dunkle.


Beside the biergarten was an ice cream shop…why not!


I had a cone of walnut ice cream and man was it good.


We got up and caught the 6:30 am flight from Stuttgart to Frankfurt. Then wait on the flight from Frankfurt to DC. Breakfast at the Frankfurt airport…sausage and a pretzel!


On the front door when I arrived home after a long week and longer flight.
Good to be home!

--jeepdad


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19 11 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome trip and pics as usual- thanks for the share Dan! Cool

Looks like it's great to be home in time for Dad's Day too! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19 11 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the share. What a fantastic trip. I couldn't quite make out the signatures on the Mercedes. Who's were they?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19 11 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the Mag 46's (one of my favorites, actually), but haven't tried a 50. How do they compare?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19 11 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a long enough taste of all those funny foreign foods, beer, cigars and cars.

On the 'Thing' sighting, I was passed by one last night on I15, I was doing the speed limit, (65 mph), when I heard a stone being rattled in a soup can, looked in the mirror, and there was the 'Thing' catching up and passing me!

It must be a year or more since I saw one, this one was in pretty good overall condition, except for the noisy engine. Wink Laughing Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19 11 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Michael. It was a good trip but as always good to be home.

Good question zski don't know. The guy didn't speak any English.

BO, I enjoyed them and actually have four remaining I bought a box of 10. I have not tried a 46 so cannot compare. It was well made, burned evenly, nice ash, and smoked cool and drawed nicely. I expected more flavor but the flavor it had was pleasant.

SoEzzy, funny I had forgotten what a Thing sounded like. Yep, I like the Dunkle a lot but it is good to be home.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20 11 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow what a place! At first it seemed a little Twilight Zone from your hotel
view - almost a little spooky not seeing all the cars you might expect to normally see around a complex like that.
That barrel was indeed, cool. I also really liked how they did the brickwork
around those trees. How was it you were able to conduct any business
whatsoever under those circumstances of fair weather, massive beers
not normally available to you, chocolate out the wazoo, and tons of other
great foods? Aside from enjoying the aforementioned, I think I would
have only had time to nap!
My family is supposed to be hosting a young female student from
Odenthal,Germany this August for the school year. I think maybe
I should see if I can take her place back in Germany!
The Thing - I know, right? I've lived in my small town for nearly 8 yrs
and just saw a really nice orange one beeboppin' around for the the
first time. I'm assuming those folks were just passing through, as a
Thing is pretty hard to miss.
Thanks alot for the post. Really good stuff!
Just so you know though, the sign was likely waiting for you because
it was known you would be bringing back chocolate! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20 11 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW Dan you need a guy to help carry your briefcase
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20 11 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tug that's funny yes they enjoyed the chocolate! Very Happy

Denny Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy !
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20 11 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JD.. Your a lucky guy to be able to travel as you do..

Looks like another great trip to Germany.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21 11 3:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW!! Germans dress just like we do.. Shocked Shocked

Or were all those people american tourists?? Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21 11 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like an awesome time. Good food, great brew, and excellent scenery.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21 11 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantatstic pictorial, I know you enjoyed the trip. When I was stationed over there back in the late 60's I thought it was great finding ice cream shops selling beer.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26 11 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pics Dan, S/F
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26 11 4:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice pictures I lived in Stuttgart for almost a year and loved everything but the cold weather.... Doesn't Don Marco live around there?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26 11 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, nice trip and pictures ! Next time youre around let me know in advance Wink


slow&low wrote:
Very nice pictures I lived in Stuttgart for almost a year and loved everything but the cold weather.... Doesn't Don Marco live around there?


Actually, i live in northern germany and for us Stuttgart is a warm place... Rolling Eyes

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