Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cochem Germany

The Lady Wife and I decided to visit Germany on the way to Switzerland. We spent two days in the little village of Cochem on the Mosel River. It was quite picturesque and relaxing. We were completely surrounded by septegenarians, mass quantities of vitamin P (pork) and of course castles. We found ourselves returning to the hotel in the afternoon to sleep off the vitamin P and mass quantities of beer and auslese wine. Following are some photos which should be self explanatory.

1. Germans love Kitsch


2. This place is castle crazy. They are everywhere and can be seen with German language tour for euro 4.5.
3. Vitamin P - Pork is a way of life.



4. Wine, beer and great motorcycles.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dutch Surprise


The Lady Wife and I are now enjoying our first days of the great Eurocation! To the right you may see the remains of our first party. No wonder everyone seems so happy here! This morning we drove into Germany.






Whilst stopping to hit the ATM we came across the first potato vending machine which I have encountered. You can actually purchase a 2 and 1/2 kilo bag 24 hours per day. Go figure!














The main event of the day was our visit to the
little village of S-Heerenberg. We enjoyed our visit to the Huis Bergh castle . We enjoyed drinking the local brew and listening to our in-laws join in a music "session". Everyone there was really old. The music included many rousing Irish and Scottish folk tunes. The enjoyment extended to the gustatory delight of devouring a plate of deep fried dough balls with meat bits chased with a fine dry Pilsner.

Below be sure to click on the video below for actual evidence of the aforementioned hootenanny!




video

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sorry for this...

Fair Readers,

My apologies for not having posted anything for such a long period. I have been busy dragging the local economy out of recession in a vain attempt to enrich myself. The big excitement is that the Lady Wife and I are scheduled to depart for a rerun of last year's aborted European vacation. I am fully confident that this expedition will provide fodder for real blogging.
The Lady Wife is recommending that we visit a Dutch Cheese Market as we speak. We can also visit a miniature city in The Hague or perhaps meet the Giant People of The Hague. Maybe I can learn why it is The Hague instead of just Hague City, Hague Town or Hagueville. Here in Oregon we have The Dalles (same dilemma). We can also hear the deer hollering for their mates at De Hoge National Park.

Before going abroad I will be donning my new 3 Wolves T-shirt for a 4 day float on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Hopefully there will not be an excess of babes on the river. I don't want them to loose control on exposure to the shirt. For more information on the effect of the shirt on hot women check out the excellent anecdotal evidence lurking in the above highlighted link.

Lastly I am looking forward to catching trout in the river. I will be enjoying fly fishing probably amongst some serious types with lots of gear and teen tiny dry flies that I couldn't tie on with an electron microscope. I will of course be packing some hardware and large leach flies which bear a disconcerting resemblence to a small dead kitten. I have also been seriously contemplating the manufacture of some dry flies based on the use of various types of cigarette butts.