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Strawberry Picking

With the sun warm on our backs and the skies blue over our heads, we crept into tidy green rows dotted with spots of bright red…

To pluck summer’s edible jewels among the strawberry beds.

Though I would have captured us, red stained fingers, sticky and sweet…

Our bowls brimming, our bellies full, our brows slick in the heat…

Sadly, that scene was not meant to be.

We were too afraid to sample and savor the precious fruit without washing it all first…

Since the unsolved E.coli cases were still haunting Germany, and had even gotten worse.

But it was no matter to us, we’d be cooking this fruit…

So we continued to gather and admire the view…

Until our bowls were full and our hearts were, too.

Tree Climbing, Again

Tree-climbing on the Neckarwiese in Heidelberg, early June.

Ahh, summer.


zum Klosterhof

Kloster in German is the word for monastery.

And like many klosters in Germany, this one is also quite lovely, quaint, and of course brews it’s own delicious beer.

Despite my better judgement, I ordered a piece of linzertorte and a beer.  Probably because I was leaving in a week, and strongly felt  it would be akin to committing blasphemy, were I to turn away any traditional German foods put in my path.

But I would soon regret this zany pairing.

No matter how hungry you might be, or how much you want to try the beer–linzertorte, or any kind of torte, will never ever go well with beer. Ever.

But it was a nice way to finish our walk.

The sun went down as we made our way back into the altstadt, and home.

Philosophenweg, part two

Philosophenweg, part one

About a week before we left Heidelberg for San Francisco, I finally went up for a hike on the Philosophenweg.

It was a beautiful day.

Justin, Bolte and I were accompanied by the girls…

Mona and Zouma.

The Philosophenweg (Philosopher’s Walk) is an gentle path that slopes around the hillsides of Neuenheim, overlooking the Heidelberg altstadt from a lofty vantage point–that is high but not too much so, and distant but not too far away. It reminds me of how I felt, from the first level of the Eiffel Tower. A perfect distance away.

It is famous for its views.

And is named after the scholars of Heidelberg’s University, who favored it for extended philosophical discussions.

There is a word in German that describes these kind of long Sunday walks–wandern–when all the shops are closed, and friends and families head outdoors. Less about an obligation of fitness, and more about the pleasure of communing in nature.

Quiet and restorative.

Things I’ll Miss About Heidelberg… #7

Zouma and Mona.

Cocktail Hour Wednesdays

We found out recently that the movers will not allow us to bring much of our liquor back to the US.

Which is sad.

But, presented us with an opportunity.

So, we have started these Wednesday night cocktail hours.

The first and second weeks, only a couple of people came.

But word got out.

Or, rather, we continued inviting people.

And last Wednesday, by 8:30, we had eleven friends drop by. All thirsty for pre-prohibition cocktails.

It was fantastic!
Perhaps we’ll see you for the next one. After all, we won’t be here too much longer.