The driving portion of trip was coming to completion. The car need to be returned so it could be put on the boat for the US. Porsche provided several options for dropping it off, but for a fee. I opted to return it to the factory. So back to Stuttgart I go. My travel companion was flying home from Paris, so took the train from Strasbourg. So I was driving alone back to the factory. I was just a little nervous about the roundabouts, and the pouring rain did not help either.
Strasbourg is located very close to the German border, so I was back in Germany pretty quickly. I hit some serious traffic jams, but the GPS rerouted me thru some amazing little towns.
And the rain stopped, the traffic opened up and the roads were straight and clear. Oh yes, time to open this baby up……. Wait damn tires are speed rated so I only got to about 235 Km’s or 145 mph’s. The best part? Getting lapped by some amazing works of German engineering.
Bye bye to car for now. I was told it would be heading to the port that same day or the next. So using my goggling skills, I was able to narrow it down to 1 of 3 ships it could possibly be on. So hopefully we are reunited by mid-August.
Now on to the next portion of my trip. I took the train from Stuttgart up to Mainz for one night. Why Mainz? There’s Hyatt.
It’s not a proper trip to Germany without some curry wurst and more wine of course.
And that is point I would like to say that I went sightseeing and did all these amazing things, but no. I spent the evening “working”
Well at least I had a nice view of the Rhine.
After barreling thru the French countryside, we headed back to Strasbourg for dinner. We checked out Petite France, which got it name for having a syphilis hospital in 15th century. It was a grey and rainy day, so when the sun came out, we decided to celebrate.
I’v been to France before but do you know that I’ve never had a macaron before? I’ve had a macaroon (and lucky enough had some warm ones earlier in the day). Now you ask what is the difference between a macaron and a macaroon? I am going to say Google it.
After a long day of cheese, wine, macaroons and macron’s, it was time for dinner. I blame my wine consumption on my dinner choice….
Yes Beef Tartare, well when in France!
Wait Wine? Yes please……
The great thing about France in the summer is there is a good chance you will find a local festival. Since we were staying in the Alsace region, we were able to locate several wine festivals. Our first stop was in Ribeauville, located on the Route des Vin.
The Vins and Gastronomie festival ( Wine and Food) was being held in the town center. The set up was similar to the Christmas Markets, wooden stalls serving different types of wine and food. You purchased a ticket at the entrance that could be exchanged at any of the stalls for different types of food. For the wine tasting, you had to purchase a glass and a wrist band. Somehow we lost the “need to purchase a wristband” in translation. So we just drank free wine.
And what’s a little wine without some cheese?
Time to continue on to the next town, which was about 1 minute away. What we then learned was the wine route is better discovered on bicycle, rather then driving. Obvious reasons being, should not be driving while tasting wine and well the towns are not built for large American cars. Did I mention the roundabouts????
**** Just to clarify, there was no drinking and driving, the driver did not have a sip of wine.****
As you know I travel a lot, so there are few givens to my travel. I am picky about how I am going to get there and where I will stay once I have arrived.
If I were to be honest, my airline of choice would be Lufthansa, but they don’t fly Chicago to Fort Lauderdale, so United is my preferred. When it comes to hotels, I used to be in committed relationship with Hilton, but Hyatt has since stolen my heart.
Given that there was no Hyatt’s in Strasbourg, we opted to stay at the Hilton. It was located right off the motorway, so it was great because it did not require having to drive thru town. And due to my status, we were given an upgrade to the executive floor, free wireless, breakfast, and executive lounge access.
After a long day of driving and a really nice happy hour in the lounge, we opted to have dinner at the hotel. Which turned out for the best given the nice wine selection and dessert options. Can you can say food coma?