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  • Shall we book that table on a warm spring day? Or better yet, experience staying in a 650-years-old building. I think next visit to Rothenburg I want to try and book our lodging here. It’s so wonky and cosy inside!
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Not related to the photo... Last weekend the girls and I drove to Düsseldorf for ramens and also the many Japanese/Asian markets. After 24hrs, we were so stuffed and one regret was not having an electric cooler to bring some grocery store goodies back. ⠀⠀
I haven’t been to Japan since I was about Jovie’s age and this little trip is making me contemplate a re-visit. Mostly to eat and visit my cousin. En-route back, stop in Thailand and Hongkong for some more yummies. Gosh, I’d definitely would have to work out after that trip 😂😂
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Anything fun this weekend? Hubs and I are planning a date day/night. It’s been long overdue 😊
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Have a lovely one!
  • It’s been so sunny the last week or so and this makes me joyful! I am seeing beautiful golden light again, similar to what’s showing in this photo. The warmth and longer hours are coming!

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A slight technical difficulty... my computer was slow and I decided to give it a fresh start. But, I ran into some snags (it’s been awhile since I tech support my computer and a bit rusty). Then I swapped phones, and between the computer and phone swap, I had no access to my photos. One of the week we were all just super busy. A birthday happened and Emma is now 15! A few real life meet ups, more travels (mostly to eat) and other things. The good news, now all my Lightroom syncs up 😜

Here I am and this is a photo from Maastricht a month or so ago. Cold but sunny and beautiful. Do you see that blue sign on the right of an adult and child holding hands? I love seeing that signs in cities! I adore pedestrian only, and especially cobblestoned, streets.

Have a fab one ❤️
  • That classical Rothenburg view. Wonder if the yellow car belongs to the yellow house 🚘💛
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This trip was impromptu. I booked the lodging minutes before we left the house.
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Jovie and I stayed at the Glocke Hotel on the left for three reasons... One, somebody snagged my first choice seconds before I clicked (it’s an apartment). Bah! Second, it’s on this super cute street and I could leave the kid in the room while I ran outside (in my PJs) to snap a quick photo. Third, it has a private parking garage. Convenience matter when it’s just Jovie and I. She’s very small for a 9-yrs-old, useless in the carrying department, and she hasn’t mastered packing light just yet.

This was 9:30am-ish. At close to noon it still looked like this. A quiet weekend I tell ya!
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The hotel was good. Clean, friendly, with a good restaurant and central. But there’s no tea/coffee making area 😭

Those two towers, both 14th century.
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Have a great week, all!!
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber, along the Romantische Straße, has a wall, towers and many buildings that were built in the 13th century.
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Remember my story about Lavenham, England? The Suffolk village with wonky buildings and also featured in the last Harry Potter?
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Rothenburg is similar in that once upon a time, like Lavenham, it was very rich.  Then in the 17th century two really bad things happened: a siege during the “thirty years’ war” and a bubonic plague outbreak. These two events left the town broke and almost empty and when one is broke, the last thing one do is upgrade the house, right?
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Lack of money made Lavenham and Rothenburg architecture stuck in time.

Back in Rheinland-Pfalz, not far from Deutshe Weinstraße. A lovely weekend away with just Jovie and I. Can’t wait for our next mini weekend getaway!!
  • If you want to visit a very popular tourist destination, go in January. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the oldest medieval town of Germany, is very quiet this weekend.
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Still, despite the slowness, pre-book your first choice restaurant on a Saturday night! I just found out that there is a really good Japanese restaurant here - look up Louvre Japan Restaurant in Google Maps. Unfortunately it’s a small one (5-6 tables) and guess everybody knows about it because all tables were booked when Jovie and I stopped by five minutes after opening time 😭😭
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We ended up having pizza and pasta, which was very good! But I really wanted, still want, sushi and ramens.
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Have a great one!
  • I can’t get enough of Belgium. So last weekend all of us spent a couple of nights there, outside of Tongeren, the oldest city in Belgium. I don’t have a lot of photos though. We mostly spent our time chatting, drinking and eating.
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Until I look and see if there is any photo worth sharing, here is Durbuy again, the smallest city in Belgium, one sunny autumn day.
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Happy new week!
  • The scene in this photo made me think of this question: who was the most influential person in your life growing up? One who helped shaped/guide you when you were young?
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My grandpa I feel was most influential.
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He taught me so much and many of why I am the way I am was because of him. Some are my love of reading, my interest in people watching, my financial habits, my preference of quality over quantity, my clean eating lifestyle (although I did have my share of junk food as a teen and I do still love a packet of ramen noodles now and then 😬), and my passion for research.
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It’s been over 10yrs since he’s been gone but I miss him often.
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I just started another German class. I like this teacher better because she teaches in English. I can understand the grammar better than in my immersion class where the teacher was explaining in German. He could have explained it 10x and I still wouldn’t understand 😬🙈 I am determined to learn though!
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Have a great weekend!
  • This was a few February half term ago. Faffing about in Bibury, one of the most charming villages of England.
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I am now trying to figure out where to go this year for our next week long holiday.
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We need to stay in Germany because the girlies will be getting their passport renewed. I love the idea of Bavaria but we haven’t really explored up north. So maybe we’ll do that. Plus I think the girls may enjoy Brother Grimm fairy tale route. The route starts near us, east of Frankfurt, and ends in Hamburg.
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Do you have any fun outings planned for this year? I know one of my “really want to go” this year is Portugal and somewhere in the eastern/southern part of Europe. I haven’t explored much there and there are so many fab countries and areas to visit. ⠀⠀
Sorry for the lack of activity. Real life is a bit busy. I did finish my German class, A1-2. I want to do the next one but I think I should take a break first and review/practice more of what I learned. The A1-3 is quite a bit more challenging and I am not sure if I am ready. While I feel more comfortable listening and comprehending, speaking is still at toddler level 😜 One day!
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Laters! 😘
  • What skill/hobby do you want to be better at or learn?
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Me: calligraphy and font designing.
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Near the Montagne de Bueren in Liege, Belgium, are a few adorable alleyway or impasse. From this angle, this one reminds me of the many London mews. Yes/no?
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There’s the teen doing a #strideby. She thinks she’s more fashionable than me but that top she’s wearing... I have one similar and I bought it first 😜😂 ⠀⠀
Have a great one ❤️❤️

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