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This evening I got a call saying that my glasses were ready for pick up. One lens needed to be replaced after I’d had my eyes re-tested. On the way back, going through Westboro I saw the neighbourhood through “new eyes”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Friday I had a nasty fall on the platform at the Tunneys transitway station. I was a few minutes late for the 105 and could see a bus that was almost finished loading so I picked up the pace for the last few steps. The sidewalks and paths to get me to the transitway had been bare of ice and snow so I was not expecting to hit a patch of ice in an area that’s so well travelled.

Down I went first on my knee then onto my hip. I cursed at least four different words before my left hand landed on wet ice. My pants, thankfully dark jeans because it was Friday, were soaked and adrenalin was pumping through my body. Read the rest of this entry »

I was still curious about our Nuremberg experience, and then I stumbled across this article, Silly Times: Read About The Strange Traditions Bavarians Practice During “Fasching”. I’ve included bits of it below, in case it disappears some time in the future. I’ve also added some video of our experience at the bottom.

When you think of carnival in Germany, the Rhineland normally comes to mind. However, it is not only Cologne and Mainz on the River Rhine where life goes crazy during the last days before Lent (this year from 16. to 21. February)! Bavaria has some very odd traditions, too, and you can read about some of the most unusual ones here:

The differneces between carnival in the Rhineland and in Bavaria start already with the naming of the “foolish” days which Bavarians mostly refer to as “Fasching”. Bavarians call these six days Preposterous Thursday, Sooty Friday, Lardy Saturday, Carnival Sunday, Blue Monday and Violet-Tuesday.  Most of these weird names go back to old carnival traditions. For example, Lardy Saturday is called so because this was the day when people indulged in a lot of the heavy lard pastry which was meant to fill their stomachs before the fasting season. Whereas carnival in the rest of Germany has its highpoint on Mondays, Bavarians have made the last day of this so called “fifth season of the year” the climax of all the revellry. Read the rest of this entry »

Here are the pics. I know there are a lot, and I probably should have taken just the top 10, but I’m way too tired to do that. Besides, you’ll get a sense of how long we stood in the crowd being targets for angry candy-throwing Germans!

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Ever since rupturing my ear drum on a short-haul flight from Philly, I’ve looked for travel routes with the fewest possible transfers. That’s why we drove to Montreal for this trip. When we got the phone call and e-mail a few weeks before leaving that our flight was no longer available, we left a day later and were forced to take a transfer to keep the return flight on the same day. NosyNeighbour opted for Paris.

We thought the Lufthansa lounge in Munich was skimpy on the breakfast food. It was crowded, but relatively spacious and there were some healthy options for breakfast. There was no big German breakfast of meats, cheeses and hard boiled eggs, just buns and jams, cereal and fresh fruit salad. We helped ourselves to fruit salad, juice and coffee, then boarded our flight to Paris. Read the rest of this entry »

For our last full day in Germany, we took a road trip from Neufahrn to Nuremberg, with a short stop in Augsburg on the way back. We hadn’t written anything down and had no book or guide for either town. Our plan was to use the GPS to get us to the main train station in Nuremberg, then walk around the walled part of the city. Read the rest of this entry »

How do I describe our last night? The hotel was completely dead. Sometimes it felt like they had staff posing as customers so you wouldn’t feel like you were the only guest. The first time we stayed, tour buses packed the parking lot. Now, the hotel is quite rundown.

A hotel near the airport (and nothing else) should have a decent restaurant that serves food until at least 10 p.m. When we returned at 7 p.m. and enquired about whether the kitchen was open, she said that only the schnitzel and cold food was available. Read the rest of this entry »

Today we left St. Anton, heading back towards Munich. Our original plan was to stay at the Arthotel again, but when our return flight changed, we didn’t want to risk trying to get from downtown to the airport for 6:00 a.m. Read the rest of this entry »

Today we left St. Anton, heading back towards Munich. Our original plan was to stay at the Arthotel again, but when our return flight changed, we didn’t want to risk trying to get from downtown to the airport for 6:00 a.m. Read the rest of this entry »

Fuhrman Stube

We’ve been to this restaurant many times. But it has changed owners so the menu has changed a bit. I really miss their Tomatenzuppe. But overall the meal was still good value for money. They do pack them in here so don’t expect a romantic meal. We were seated with a group of four in their 60s and another couple. All of them were German speaking. The gentleman beside me even shared some of his dessert when I asked him what it was. Can’t remember his response, or maybe that’s couldn’t understand him.

Dorfstub’n

I was half way through the meal before I realize I’d eaten here before. It’s in the Hotel Kristall, which is the first hotel we stayed in when we stumbled across St. Anton almost 10 years ago. It’s a bit more expensive than the Fuhrman Stube, but worth it for better quality. I liked it because you could order kleine portions of schnitzel, saving room for dessert. The apfelstrudel was delicious, with a scoop of tasty vanilla icecream, a dollop of whipping cream and a few strawberries.

Pizzeria San Antonio

This restaurant is tasty, close and good value for the money. We spent 36 euro for two pizzas, a beer and a radler. It’s not too dressy, and we felt comfortable wearing our ski stuff for our meal because we were on our way down to the Rodelbahn.

Rodel-Stall

This was by far our best in St. Anton. The roaring fire, thick wood beams and ecclectic farming decor gave a warm ambiance. The menu had changed a bit since our last visit. I remember fondue and spatzle being a focus and a huge salad bar. Don’t forget to ask if there’s an evening special. NosyNeighbour had the rumpsteak with potatoes and roasted vegetables. I had a mouthful of the steak and it was really tasty. I had the green salad with roast chicken and wasn’t disappointed either. It was a huge plate that could have fed two people easily. We watched as other people arrived and ordered massive plates piled high with huge pieces of meat. Definitely arrive hungry!

Maximillian

For our last night we tried a new to us restaurant, the Maximillian. It’s across the street from the Fuhrman Stube and always seemed busy when we walked by. We had checked the menu a few nights ago, and discovered it had Tomatensuppe (which I love!) and the prices were reasonable.

I opted for the “homemade pasta” with salad after my bowl of soup. NosyNeighbour had the chicken schnitzel with potato salad. The homemade pasta was actually cheese spatzle. The plate was huge and I only managed about half of it. Tastewise, it was way better than the one across the street, probably because it had bacon and fried onions in it. Grease always tastes better, doesn’t it?

On a funny note, we were looking at our bill and trying to figure out the abbreviations at the bottom. Our waitress came by and we started chatting. She used to waitress in Australia, but left when the laws relating to pay changed. Then she worked as an investment banker for seven years before returning to waitressing at St. Anton.

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