Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
While the family was back home in the states during the month of December, I signed up for a bus trip to the Christmas Markets in Dusseldorf, Germany. Christmas Markets are a big deal in Germany and usually last for about 4 weeks. Dusseldorf had 6 or 7 different markets but most of them offered similar products. Some stalls offered handmade German products but many stalls just offered cheap products made in China or India. The baked almonds and fried mashed potatoes were great and many people enjoyed the gluhwein.
Representation of the demographics of the bus (stock photo). Myself and another co-worker were 2 of the 3 guys on the trip.
Many of the stalls had traditional German Christmas decorations including the rauchermaan (incense smokers) pictured below.
One of the more talented vendors.
An over sized Christmas pyramid.
During most of the day it was pretty wet and chilly, but towards later afternoon it dried up.
My Schweinsaxe (pork knuckle), it was as good as it looks.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
During our trip to England to visit our cousin, they took us to Peckforton Castle. The castle was built in the middle of the 19th century as a family home. It has been described as the "very height of masquerading" and one of the great buildings of its age. Today the castle is used as a luxury hotel.
The entrance to the castle
Part of the walled exterior
We had to wait to go inside as a wedding was taking place.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
One of the great things about Rome was the food and the service.
Our first day we ate at a tourist trap, which we don't recommend doing. The pasta was alright but..
It may have been the worst driest piece of cake we have had.
We learned our lesson and found a great little diner in the Trastevere neighborhood that didn't skimp on the water like many of the places in northern Europe.
We ate a lot of pizza on the trip
The pasta carbonara was very good as well
Rome was also home to the fanciest McDonalds we have been in, it is just down the street from the Spanish steps.
More pizza, but this one had a butter/garlic sauce
The gnocchi was a great way to start a meal
We had these a few mornings
I'm not big on tomatoes but these were the best tomatoes I have ever had
Did I mention we ate a lot of different pizzas?
Never seen this before
We ended up at another tourist trap which was a fail
We had to go back again the night before we left Rome.
In addition to the pizza Forna la Renella bakes the majority of the bread for the restaurants in Trastevere.