Excited as can be! We are finally on our way to our next visit to Europe! Insert Carly Simon here, “Anticipation, Anticipa-a-tion….”
With so many places on our agenda, we’re wondering if we have piled too much onto our plate this time. Have you ever felt that way?
Ah well, we’re not going to let a little thing like too much fun slow us down now, are we? After all, …. what’s that much over used phrase?… “You only go ’round once…. Or something like that.
July 3rd – Arrived bright and early at SeaTac International Airport. I guess that 7:30 isn’t all that early, but…. My guesstimate of the time that it would take to get there from home was way off.
No morning rush hour to speak of, and our flight wasn’t scheduled to leave until 11:12. WOW! We were way early!
But, as it turned out it was a very good thing as we were able to get exit row seats with plenty of room. Not only did we get exit row seats on the Seattle to Cincinnati flight, we were able to snag them on the second leg to Frankfurt too! We all know what this means! Having oodles of leg room.
Don’t you love it when things just seem to go your way from the very beginning?
Landing in Frankfurt on Our Visit to Europe
The gods were still smiling down us when we flew into Frankfurt on this latest visit to Europe. Ahead of schedule, I might add, and breezed right through customs.
Next stop? Car rental, and on the road!
Can you believe it? We were upgraded to a larger vehicle, for free;-), and were on the road in less than half an hour after landing. I don’t know that that has ever happened has it?
Our good luck changed a bit upon driving out of the airport. Not luck so much I supposed, as it was jet-lag.
It seems that the driver, Arnie, can’t follow directions very well when he’s that tired, and we got turned around a number of times before heading off in the right direction.
But, we didn’t lose our sense of humor. After all, we are off on another exciting Spotted Chicken Adventure!
The siren song of the Rhine Valley, and Bingen, called to us as we drove along this energetic river crowded with industrious watercraft, amazed that, at every bend, another castle stood sentry for us. As if guiding us to our first destination on this visit to Europe.
Our first two nights are being spent in Sankt Goar, in the small family run Hotel Zur Loreley. This small, picturesque town right on the banks of the Rhine, sits under the brooding Rheinfels castle. Once the largest on this part of the river.
Jodi, the family historian, says that, in 1752, Johann Jakob Steinbruner, her distant German forefather, traveled, via the Rhine, as he emigrated to America. As a teenager, he made this, often, arduous journey with another family member, Martin, to Pennsylvania.
I would be willing to bet that most of you would discover very similar stories. If you have the patience that my wife does for this sort of investigation.
One of the most enjoyable things about a visit to Europe, if you’re of European descent, is finding your heritage.
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