|Don't be deceived by these photos. Alyson was holding Natalie about 90% of the time.|
|Can you tell it was 95 degrees out? Mike let us know about 1,000 times during our visit.|
|Lots of work for a backyard garden.|
|Even the flamingos were toasty.|
|15 Euros worth of water later and we were all feeling a bit better.|
We got an overview of the city on an abbreviated this-is-what-I-remember-off-the-top-of-my-head-version of the Rick Steves tour. There isn't much to remember though, since a visit to Colmar really is centered around taking in all the cute, brightly colored buildings and the prolific flowers.
|That's a Natalie taco.|
|Photobombing the newly engaged.|
|The happy couple and some wine barrels.|
Michael had let Kristin know a few days before his arrival that he wanted to propose on the trip. A beautiful ring was hidden in his pocket until just the right moment! So fun! After Alyson had officially said "yes!", we headed over to our favorite winery in Eguisheim, Emile Bayer, for a glass of bubbly.
|Cheers to Mike's future wife!|
After all the excitement the previous day, we took it easy and headed to the Zwiebelfest in Esslingen. Esslingen is located about 10 miles down the Neckar River from Stuttgart. It still boasts numerous exposed timber houses and the oldest sekt (bubbly wine) producer in Germany. Since Stuttgart will jump on any reason to have a festival, Zwiebelfest celebrates the onion harvest. Lots of restaurants from Esslingen set up dining rooms on the town square and serve drinks and onion-themed dinners. The signature dish is Zwiebelkuchen, which is a dense onion cake. Delicious.
|Enjoying some beer and some bubbly from Kessler Sekt.|
On our last day with Mike and Alyson we decided to take them to Munich so they could have a proper Maß (liter) of beer at a beer hall. Munich is an easy 2 1/2 hour train ride from Stuttgart (which is a lot better than the drive and its potential for terrible traffic). We decided to take in some culture before drinking and stopped at the Marienplatz to see the glockenspiel.
We headed to the Hofbräuhaus, a huge beer hall in Munich. Hofbräuhaus is owned by the State of Bavaria and operates one of the largest tents at Oktoberfest.
|Checking out the beer scene with special guests Justin & a different Mike.|
We were sad to see Mike and Alyson go, but knew they were off to bigger and better adventures in Paris. Thanks for visiting us!