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Our flights were, by and large, uneventful.  Neither of us really slept and I spent most of the trip reading Mental Floss magazine (thanks userinfoGeolinguist!)  I love that magazine so much I read every word of it, even the ads.


The in-flight meals were okay.  Dinner was pasta with a pesto sauce and a terribly sad salad.  Breakfast was kind of German breakfast, cold cuts, cheese and breads, but with fruit instead of an egg.  I nearly squealed when I saw that.  I'd nearly forgotten about German breakfast!


When we were in Germany in '98 we stumbled into a little guesthouse in Stuttgart.   I nearly mean stumbled too.  We picked it out of the guidebook and LonelyDumptruck called for reservations (I speak NO German) but, when we got to Stuttgart, the cabbie had no idea how to get to the guesthouse.  I think it took three of them having a conference in the middle of the street to work out where to go.  Turns out the address is wrong in the book!


The guesthouse was run by an adorable couple, the Schneiders.  Mr. Schneider spoke some English and would come chat with LonelyDumptruck at meals.  Mrs. Schneider spoke about as much English as I spoke German but BOY did she like to feed us!  Every breakfast brought plates full of cold cuts I'd never tried before, like mortadella, fresh cheeses, a soft boiled egg and homemade bread.  If I ate all of anything on a plate, Mrs. Schneider brought out another full plate.  I thought I was going to have to kill her to avoid getting thirds one morning!


Anyway, we made  it to Frankfurt easily.  Our layover was a couple hours, but we decided to relax and have sausages and beer at the airport rather than rush into town and risk missing our connecting flight to Amsterdam.


I slept most of the flight to Amsterdam, which never happens.  We wandered a bit trying to find the hotel, but it was easier than getting around in '98 (yay internet directions!).  The hotel is tiny and kind of funky.  I booked us a "small double" and that is some truth in advertising!    The reviews  mentioned that the stairs were steep, but we didn't worry since that applies to pretty much everything we saw last time we were in Amsterdam....holy God, people, wait until you see the pictures of the stairs!!


After we got settled in and cleaned up a bit, we went out to look around for a while and get some beer and dinner.  There are a lot of places around the hotel (I wanted somewhere kind of central) but we ended up walking for two hours and got delightfully lost trying to find our way back.  It was a blast! 


Every other place is an Argentinian steak house, but we ended up getting donner kebabs from a takeaway and finished up the night having a beer at the open-air place next door.  Being so close to the bar that we could call our order down from the window means  it was pretty loud last night, but I slept like the dead.


More to come!


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Sep. 29th, 2011 07:48 am (UTC)
I look forward to the pictures of the stairs!
Sep. 29th, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
I wonder if the stairs are as steep as mine?

Last time I was in A'dam I stayed at an hotel at the back of the Opera House. Walking into the centre in the mornings was great. These days I'd go for something more central, as my knees are more than a little stuffed.
Sep. 29th, 2011 08:13 am (UTC)
Sep. 29th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
I'm so excited to hear more and see all the pictures!!!
Sep. 29th, 2011 11:30 am (UTC)
I didn't know there was anything like a German breakfast.lol And I'm amazed you managed to find friendly people in the city of Stuttgart.:x
I'm also looking forward to the pictures! ;)
Sep. 29th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
Awesome! (DINNER kebabs, I hope. I would avoid "Donner kebabs" if I were you! ;))
Sep. 29th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
Oct. 5th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
I considered that before ordering...and got a picture if the sign that my phone won't let me post.
Sep. 29th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I loved Stuttgart. Hopefully one day we can go back.
Sep. 29th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
YAY! Can't wait for pictures!
Oct. 1st, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
Pictures of stairs? Lol. I hope you take more photos than that....
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