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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Mom's version of Heidelberg

Frank, F. T. & I left Atlanta for Germany on November25, 2005 at 5 P.M. We flew first class on flight DL 14. This was a nine hour flight and a total of 4,607 miles. We got on the plane and had champagne at 4:30. F. T. had orange juice. At 5:30 we had mixed drinks and nuts. At 6:00 we had wine, bread & appetizer, at 6:20 wine refill, at 6:25 salad, at 6:30 more bread for Daddy (F.T.), at 6:45 supper. I had pasta mushrooms with grilled scallops. F. T. & Frank had duck. Had water at 6:46 and at 7:10 refused fruit & cheese but had ice cream with nuts. At 8:00 had wine refill and refused coffee.
We had to move our clocks ahead six hours. At 6:30 (German time) we had breakfast – omelet, orange juice, fruit, bagle, and coffee. We arrived in Frankfurt, Germany around 8:00 a.m. We took a train to Heidelberg. Walked five blocks to our hotel (NH Heidelberg). This was a very nice hotel. We were here for two nights. We took a street car to our old apartment. After 39 years, it was still there. Nobody was home but we took pictures. The streets were the same. We also went to Campbell Barracks where F. T. worked when he was in the Army. Frank was going to take a picture and an MP grabbed his rifle and said you can’t take pictures, I will have to take your camera. Frank told him we would delete it. F. T. talked to the commander and we were allowed to walk around the post. F. T. showed how he saluted an officer in 1967 and slipped on the ice and fell down.
Took street car back to hotel. Frank is good at reading maps. I told F. T. and Frank “I didn’t read maps in the U.S. and I damn sure won’t going to read maps in Germany”. For lunch we went in a restaurant and didn’t like it so we left. Went to another restaurant (in hotel) and they only had sandwiches because it was between lunch and supper. We really wanted German food, so we paid $10.00 for our water and left. The waitress was real nice and told us where to find a restaurant that was open. We went to a restaurant named “Merlin”. It was delicious. We had wiener snitzel. We started drinking wine instead of water because it was cheaper. Frank liked the beer.
We went to “Christmas in Heidelberg” and walked the streets shopping. There was about a mile of nothing but stores, no cars. We had supper at Braustuberl. We had rump steak, salad and roasted potatoes. Prices had really changed since 1967. Our wiener snitzel was $.75 in 1967 and now it was $11.00. Rump steak was $1.00 in 1967 and is now $15.00. We bought no water.
On the 27th we went back to the castle and Christmas village. Went back to our old apartment and still found no one at home. At the Christmas village we had hot wine with spices and hot chocolate. You drank out of real mugs. You paid 2.50E for the mug but you could get a refund on them. When you went for a refill, you got a clean mug. We kept our mugs. We also had Bratwurst, German noodles with cheese and onions, waffle with cherries and whipped cream. We had “Ice Wine” when we were in the castle. Had wine at Braustuberl and ate supper at “Merlin”. We ate wiener snitzel again. Went to a bowling alley called Star Bowl and had cappuccinos. We had breakfast at McDonald’s. We had sweet rolls and F. T. had egg McMuffin. We also bought souveniers at the Christmas village. We were able to use the internet to send e-mails fairly cheap.
Frank and I went to the sauna in the hotel. We saw two naked women and one man. We laughed until we were sick.
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When we went to the castle we had to pay 1.00E to use the bathroom. This was for all of us. Oh well, $10.00 to put it in, so that was cheap. We bought a $25.00 “Heidelberg Card” for F. T. and I and $13.00 for Frank. This paid our tickets to the castle tour, car up to the castle and all public transportation for 2 days. When we arrived in Germany it was snowing and Frank hit me with a snowball.
November 28, 2005
Had breakfast at Merlin. We had a table full of food and hot chocolate. Frank had hot tea. Frank and I had eggs, cheese, feta cheese and mushrooms. F. T. had eggs & bacon with cheese. We also had grilled sausage. After breakfast we left the hotel and off to the train station. Had coca cola light – (no ice). Always had glass glasses, never paper cups. We bought bottled water, 1 ½ liter for $.75. I also bought Santas and Angels. At 1:55 p.m. we took train to Mainz. Arrived at 2:46 p.m. At 3:12 p.m left on train to Wiesbaden. When we arrived in Wiesbaden, we took a taxi to the place where Frank was having a meeting for his job. F. T. and I went shopping at another Christmas shopping center. F. T. and I had supper at Rhein-Main Grill. We had salad, cordon bleu, French fries and wine. In 1967 cordon bleu was $1.00, now it is $10.00. I discovered that the signs with WC on them stood for water closet or bathroom. You never get your choice of dressing. Salads come with dressing on them.
Plates always looked pretty with fruit & vegetables on them. No iced tea anywhere. You pay your waitress, no cash register, they carry a purse and make change. F. T. & I went shopping- bought Angela a sweater, Chris gloves, and a hat for Betty Jane. Went to McDonald’s for a cappuccino.
John (works with Frank), Frank, F. T. & I took a taxi from Wiesbaden to Hahn. It was a 60 mile drive. The taxi driver drove real fast. We arrived at Inter City Hotel about 11:30 p.m. The taxi driver couldn’t take a credit card – between the four of us we had enough money (120E) . Because F. T. and I were with with Frank the hotel charged 40E more. Frank had to sleep in John’s room. The ground was covered in snow (about 3”). I hit Frank with a snowball. Had breakfast at hotel. Left hotel at 5:00 a.m , took a shuttle bus to the airport for the flight to Rome.

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