The Good and Bad of Our Weekend

It has been an interesting few days here in Germany to say the least. First of all, we had been greatly anticipating our youngest daughter’s arrival here in Frankfurt as she and a friend were going to Rome and Naples before coming to spend the “holiday” weekend with us in Germany. First of all, obviously Thanksgiving doesn’t exist here in Germany, but we had taken time off of work, partially because it is a holiday in the US, but mostly because of the arrival of our daughter and friend. The day before they were supposed to fly from Naples to Frankfurt, we received a phone call letting us know that her friend had fallen and they were on the way to the hospital. Obviously not the phone call any parent wants to receive when you have children traveling abroad, but she is an adult, so all we could do was support her the best way that we could.

The Residenz

The Residenz

The Fortress

The Fortress

The Dom as You Walk Back from the Bridge

The Dom as You Walk Back from the Bridge

After a few hours, we received another phone call letting us know that her friend had broken her ankle and that they needed to get home to Chicago to receive further treatment. Immediately we began the search for flights that would get them home, forgoing them coming to Frankfurt, but instead just trying to get them from Naples back to Chicago. To make matters worse, Lufthansa pilots had chosen to strike, so finding flights was just about impossible and those that could be found had several stops and prices that were outrageous. After several conversations, they decided to take their previously scheduled flight from Naples to Frankfurt where they would have more options available, but obviously it would delay their return by a day. Perhaps because it was a holiday in the US, they were able to find a non-stop United flight that got them back to Chicago on Thanksgiving day.

Garden at the Dom

Garden at the Dom

Old Town Square

Old Town Square

Back of the Dom

Back of the Dom

That gave us about a half a day to spend with them, albeit not going anyplace other than our apartment, but we did at least get to see our daughter. Sometimes you just have to make the most of what life offers you and take it with a smile. We had a nice time visiting, but certainly not the experience that we had hoped for. One of the things that we had planned was a visit to Würzburg, a smaller city that has a wonderful palace called the Residenz as well as a fortress that looms over the town across the old bridge. We specifically chose this town because it was smaller and we wanted them to see something other than a larger city like Frankfurt or Cologne. With somewhat sad hearts, we went ahead and visited Würzburg over the weekend even though they weren’t with us. It was everything that we had hoped that it would be. The town was festive and busy, but not the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds that we have seen in other cities with Christmas markets.

Sculptures on the Dom

Sculptures on the Dom

Ceiling in the Residenz

Ceiling in the Residenz

Fountain Sculptures at the Residenz

Fountain Sculptures at the Residenz

We toured the Residenz, which was truly magnificent and spent most of our time just walking the tiny side streets. We found a restaurant called Stachel that was over 600 years old and served incredible food. There was a wonderful Dom (Cathedral), which was, of course, surrounded by Christmas markets. We truly did enjoy our time in Würzburg, but we were definitely a little sad that we didn’t get to share it with our daughter as we had hoped. After a few stressful and eventful days, followed by a couple of days of relaxation, we are back to our normal routines and should be posting again on a regular basis. We have shared a few photos from Würzburg, but will talk more about this wonderful town in a future post (although it seems like we are way behind on fully sharing our experiences 😀).

Cathedral and Christmas Market at Night

Cathedral and Christmas Market at Night

Fortress Above the Town

Fortress Above the Town

Another Statue

Another Statue

 

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18 Responses to The Good and Bad of Our Weekend

  1. I’m thinking about coming back to Germany for Christmas markets next year….
    Hope her friend is okay.

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  2. Lovely photos – the sculptures on the Dom look like something from a Tim Burton movie!
    Shame about your daughter’s short visit, but glad you got to see her. 🙂

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  3. So sorry that you only had a short time with your daughter but perhaps she can visit again before you leave Germany.

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  4. alicevstheworld says:

    Pity things didn’t work out quite how you’d planned, but I great to see you made the best of things.

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  5. Bea dM says:

    You must be so very disappointed, time with our children is precious, specially when there’s an ocean in the middle. What bad luck, and with Lufthansa on strike too. How on earth did friend break her ankle in Naples? was it loose pavement or a pothole like here in Rome?

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  6. Glad you made the best of the situation, and I am wishing a speedy recovery to your daughter’s friend. The town looks awesome.

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  7. Cheryl says:

    Beautiful photos. I’m glad the girls got back to Chicago safely.

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  8. ThePittStops says:

    We were just in Germany over winter break as well! We flew into Frankfurt, and then went south 1 hour to stay in the Black Forest. It was incredible! We then drove to Bavaria and were sold on Germany forever. Check out our blog if you ever want to travel that area of the world again! We already planned our trip back next year! https://thepittstops.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/gengenbach/

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