We went to Augsburg, Germany for a week to visit Don’s family. It is always so interesting to visit them. They live in a small German town and ride their bicycles to get fresh bread from the bakery or to get meat from a butcher. There is a church in town that rings out the time and life is just generally a slower pace. It is always very relaxing and a lot of fun.
It seems a new tradition has also been started for our visits – lunch at Andechs, a monastery where the Benedictine monks make beer. Another fascinating thing to witness in Germany is the approach to exercise. You can drive straight to Andechs, or you can walk an hour and 10 minutes, mostly up hill. Guess which one we did? Ok, from the first two pictures you can tell. Don’s aunt and uncle have been doing this all their lives and thus at 80 and 81 can just walk right up the staircases and hills with no problem. A good advertisement for staying fit. It was a beautiful sunny day (one of the few we have had on our trip) so we enjoyed the walk.
Actually after the walk, a cold beer is just the answer. You can see how big the beers were that the gentleman drank. Don’s aunt is partial to the dark beer and Leslie of course had a coke. The monks have been making beer since 1455 and it is quite good. The last two pictures are from the church that is next to the restaurant. After a lunch of laberkase, potato salad, sauerkraut and the monk’s cheese we were ready for the walk back down – good for the digestion.