Taking the overnight train from Munich to Saarsbrucken, we thought, would be a great idea. It would get us there bright and early in the morning (6 am) and we wouldn’t have to pay for a hotel for the night. It sounds good on paper, but was probably one of the worst parts of our trip in reality. The small cabin allowed for 6 people to sit up in. Within a little over an hour, all 6 seats were full. Since the overnight trains are older, it did not have the best air circulation either. So, sleeping in a stuffy, hot, and overly crowed train sitting upright was close to miserable and let’s just say we did not get much sleep at all.
My family had left that morning (DATE…..xxx) early from Weisbaden, Germany but we still had time to kill until they got into town to pick us up from the train station. So, Andy and I got some coffees and spent the next couple of hours reading our books at the station’s cafe. Chris (my brother-in-law) got in around 9:30ish and we headed for the vacation house. It was in a cute, small town called Merzig. It was nestled in the rolling hills of the area and our house was on a “horse farm” where the owners ran a horse riding school. It was fun to watch the horses graze or the children get their lessons on riding.
Since we all arrived too early to check in, we loaded up the two cars and headed to the next small town to a cafe for rolls and coffee. When we got back to the house, we still had time to kill, so we played a game of cards and Andy and I started to get to know our new nephew, Nathanael Steven, who barely gave out a peep as he slept most the day or smiled and laughed at you when awake!
We spent the rest of the day just hanging out and catching up on our travels. It was a much welcomed day of relaxation after two weeks of walking and sight seeing and it felt good to just sit!!!
The second day at Merzig , Mom wanted to go to the nearby city of Trier. It is known for a lot of old, Roman ruins. Since we had just done a lot of that in Italy, we both enjoyed playing with Nathanael and being with family more than the ruins. The weather had finally began to re-cooperate with us and it started to warm up. The sun was shining and the rain had gone away, so it made for a nice day to walk around. Back at the house, Chris made some steaks over a fire. It is amazing how quickly one who is so used to beef will begin to crave it! After only two weeks, the steaks were the perfect meal!!! We continued playing cards throughout the evening and even had some friendly games of “spoons!”
The third day in Merzig was another relaxing day. We headed to a lake nearby where we were able to play catch, nap on the grass and take a 5 person paddle boat ride. While dad watched Nathanael, the rest of us paddled our way around the quiet lake. So far in Europe, we have not had too much difficulty in ordering food, but at the small stand, it was a little more challenging. Now we know that Sossa is NOT soda, but instead “sauce.” Woops. When we got back from the lake, Andy, mom and I decided to go on a hike through the woods. There were some great views of the village below from atop the hills. Conveniently, there was a small little tavern at the end of the hike to get refreshments from (how did they know that would be what we wanted!?) After another great meal that we had been craving (burgers) we headed back to the tavern to watch one of the world cup Germany soccer games, but it must have been the only bar in town, because there was no room for us, so we just enjoyed our drinks outside.
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