Hallo! My name is Kelly. I grew up in New Orleans, LA. I married my husband Billy in Oct 2000 in N.O. We have three children and have moved from Abita, Springs, Louisiana to Stuttgart, Germany. This is something we have dreamed about and it is our first expat experience. I hope everyone enjoys reading about our adventures because I am very excited to share.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Donna's visit Part 1

Actual Dates of this event February 26- March 11, 2014

This blog will be a basic recap to help Donna and Stewart remember their awesome time here in Germany!

The Carroll clan arrived on Wednesday, February 26 at 9am.  Donna experienced her first Stuttgart train ride as her and I trained it home from the airport due to lack of space in the car.  The Carroll's were greeted with a breakfast of beer and pretzels:)

The first day was a FULL one.  We took them to the markets in Stuttgart, there was a little dozing off in the car.  We grilled brats and had sauerkraut for dinner, and then the big people of the group headed out.  We took them to the Irish Pub in our town to meet up with our friends Darrick and Jess for drinks then we went on to Mauritus, another establishment in our town that is known for tropical drinks.  Needless to say I think they passed out the first night.

The next morning we got up and headed to Strasbourg, France.  We spent the day there walking around visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral, yes one of the many in France.  We took a boat ride, shopped a bit and had a great French dinner.  

On Friday, we had plans of taking them to a town near us that we had heard so much about but had yet to visit, Tubingen.  Well, this day we were in separate cars and we were separated so we spent most of the day trying to find them and the town itself.  The girls were in a rental and we could not figure out how to get the GPS in English, ugh!!!!!  Finally, we found the town but not the boys and we were needing a drink so we found an El Chico, Mexican restaurant.  This was very exciting since we didnt know it existed out of Stuttgart and we cannot go to that particular one, thanks to Tanya:0 haha

The boys finally met up with us for a beer but then it was time to head out because we had Blake's last basketball game, so the girls never did make it to the town but the boys said it was great.  It sits on a "stream" I am looking forward to going back on a pretty nice warm day.
That evening we had Blakes last game and his party at the bowling alley

After Blakey's celebration the adults headed out to date night.  We had dinner at one of our favorite Greek restaurants in our town, Greek restaurants are popular here in Germany.  The restaurant is called Gruner Turm and is a in a building from the 16th century.  the food is fabulous and the atmosphere is very cozy.

After our fabulous meal we took them to another favorite place Cuba Libre, we wanted them to get a feel for walking all over our town.

Saturday morning we headed out to the Porsche Museum, for those of you that do not know Porsche is made right here in Stuttgart.  The museum was enjoyed by kids as much as adults.  We had never been but it was really fun.  AND Sally from "Cars" is on display there.

 yes that is us, in our DREAM car! Who knows, maybe as our Stuttgart souvenir:)

Blair is dating the "Commander" of the JROTC and they had their ball this night so we had to get home to take pictures and have a toast.
 That is Blair and Joe, along with his parents!!

Needless to say the Carroll's and the Rossignol's were worn down but a trip to Germany is not complete without a trip to the bowling alley. We played a great game there where I beat EVERYONE!!!!  WooHOO!!! My boys taught me how to bowl correctly over Christmas and ever since I am unstoppable.....well, not really but that night I was

On Sunda, we woke up super early and took our 2.5 hour drive down to Garmisch so they could play in the alps.  First we visited Neuschwanstein Castle.  This is the castle Disney is replicated after so this was a must.  Unfortunately, it was a super foggy day and I have no worthwhile pictures of this adventure.  We did head up in the lifts to the top of the alps after though to sled.  It was frigid cold and foggy as anything, I have no clue how people were skiing up there.

You can definitely see how ugly the weather was this day:(  Still a blast was had by all.  The day wasn't complete without a trip through the iced over gorge though  

Followed by a lovely dinner at the Edeilweiss Resort then a LONG drive home!!!

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Carroll's visit to Germany

1 comment:

  1. Love the trip down memory lane :)))) ...part 2 next!!!