Friday was a small pre-Easter potluck dinner and game night with a few other teachers from my school. BV proved his luck at cards, and he has since been tasked with winning enough in Vegas to pay for our June vacation. Hop to it honey! Practice online poker!
Saturday night we tried out a new Mexican place, and I was pleased with their surprisingly spicy guacamole and salsa verde. Afterwards BV was hankering for a whiskey, and I wanted a gin and tonic, so we headed to a nearby bar called ‘Kloster.‘ It is absolutely tiny, was absolutely packed, but we got a seat and a drink which is all one could ask for. The interior is a bizarre mix of triptychs and other church-related art, and nudes. Variety!
Easter Sunday dawned as gray as the rest of the week, but we had a plan and we were sticking to it. We picked up BV’s mom and drove up to the Fränkische Schweiz, aka the Franconian Switzerland, about 45 minutes north of Nürnberg. It’s a really beautiful area, and if you’re in the mood for a beer and hiking then I recommend a visit to walk the Brauerienweg. It’s a good time… I should know, I’ve done it twice. With a third one planned. Woo, beer hikes!
Buuuuut a beer hike might be a bit much for Easter lunch (with a mom), so instead we drove to the village of Streitberg, which is home to the Streitburg castle ruin. A few flakes of snow were coming down when we arrived, but we were hoping that would clear up by the time we finished lunch.
|Bamberger Rauchbier (smoke beer)|
In addition to this awesome horse, there was also a sweet suit of armor in the restaurant. I wanted to take a picture, but there was a large family sitting right next to it and I didn’t want to be that weirdo. I’ll get it next time.
Happily though, there was another knight on the restaurant roof. The top of the hill there is where the Streitburg castle ruin is. From the Streitburg ruin, you can actually look across the valley and see another castle ruin, this one of Neideck Castle. Pretty cool, right? We did a small hike there back in the fall, and I might even get around to doing a post about it someday. Maybe.
After lunch we hopped back in the car and followed the Wiesent river along to another village, where we parked the car and walked for awhile along the river. I wish I could say that the sun came out for Easter Sunday, but that was not the case. There was a bit of rain and even some flakes of snow, but we still walked along the river for about an hour.
|Amazing Easter fountain.|
|This Gasthof and its giant terrace look very promising for summer.|
After our chilly walk, we headed back to town in search of coffee and cake. The restaurant we found had a plethora of interesting things, including my new favorite picture….
I think all portraits of Albrecht Dürer (Nürnberg’s most famous artist), should involve him riding his rabbit away from Munich. His leg freaks me out though.
There were also a few interesting things outside in the beer garden…
|Highly advanced weather forecaster|
|Well hello you!|
Monday was more family time, as we were invited to BV’s dad’s house for lunch. Note to self: do not accept ice cream after lunch because there will also be coffee and cake later. So. Much. Food.
After a food coma-induced evening nap, we decided to pay a visit to the Nürnberg Frühlingsfest, the spring version of the city festival. Monday night was actually a great time to go as it wasn’t crowded at all, and if there’s one thing I hate it’s having to wait for a beer. We scored some giant pretzels (one with garlic butter, and one with Obatzda) for dinner, drank our beers, and had a good wander around.
|Tired giant beer.|
|I love roasted nuts. Stop laughing, I do.|
All in all, not a bad Easter weekend. Now… when is Spring planning on arriving??