Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Our visitors are just about to board the InterCity back to Paris after having spent three days with us in Oberursel.

Yes, this is 30 December and we were on the balcony, dressed in sweaters only. This winter has been very mild so far. The only slightly wintry thing you see on my balcony are the dead strawberry plants in the planter.

Richard from Paris and Sherry from Maryland, U.S.A.

Things to Do In and Around Stuttgart

Our stateside nephew, who is coming to Germany for his honeymoon this month, asked us for some suggestions what to do when he and his wife spend their week in and around the Stuttgart area.

If you have more suggestions, please feel free to share them here.

This might be THE fest in Stuttgart you are looking for.  See cannstatter-volksfest.de/en/landing-page/.
It starts on 25 September 2015 and is in the Top 10 of Germany’s biggest Bierfests.

There’s the Porsche museum www.porsche.com/museum/en/ and the Mercedes museum www.mercedes-benz.com/en/mercedes-benz/classic/museum/.

 TripAdvisor lists both museums among a number of other attractions: www.tripadvisor.ie/Attractions-g187291-Activities-Stuttgart_Baden_Wurttemberg.html.
Other websites offer more suggestions: www.stuttgart-tourist.de/en/stuttgart-itinerary and www.traveldudes.org/travel-tips/10-beaten-track-tips-do-stuttgart/13615.
 
If you like wine, there are tours and tastings on offer: www.weinstube-muz.de/weinproben/weinproben.en.html.
There’s also a wine festival in nearby Untertuerkheim that ends on the 20th.  More info on wine in Stuttgart:  presse.stuttgart-tourist.de/en/wine-wine-growers-and-wine-festivals.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Right after we took the previous Beer Balcony photo yesterday evening, we had our next visitors coming up the stairs.

Lisa (on the left) also attended the same international school with son Thomas and friend Gareth. So it was a small 10-year reunion. This all happened by chance.

Beer Balcony with Rita & Lisa

Lisa, originally from Bad Homburg, is currently enrolled at university in Aberdeen. I’ve got her mom on the other side.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Earlier this past week, we had visitors here from Paris for four days. This must have been the first time we failed to have our Beer Balcony picture taken! But I know they will be back, so there will be a next time.

This weekend, we welcomed Gareth from PA/USA into our home and onto the balcony. Son Thomas and he used to be schoolmates at Frankfurt International School (FIS) in Oberursel until Gareth left in 2005. Another thing they have in common – they were both born in Japan, within three months of each other. Well, you know, expat kids.

Beer Balcony with Gareth W.

Thomas with Gareth from PA/USA, who is currently in Düsseldorf for German language studies and visiting Oberursel for German culture studies. 🙂

 

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

My Welsh friend went to Bali and got me a new beer balcony sign – made from recycled boats, then painted with customized lettering.

Beer Balcony sign from Bali

My friends are definitely ahead of me… I’m running behind. Not only with posting, but also with taking photos.

Until yesterday, we had French beer balcony friends here, but we did not even get to take a photo. We sat on the balcony only once, and had such a good time, we completely forgot about the camera.

Our balcony was due for major renovation this summer, so this took seven weeks to complete. We are still waiting for minor follow-up jobs to be done. After that, we can move all our planters back outside. The majority of the plants died, while sitting in the apartment and stairway.  They need to be outdoors… as much as I do.