We had a nice drive to Stuttgart today…the German countryside is lush this time of year. I feel as if I have been transported back to a former time and place with all of the older farmhouses and barns and other older architectural buildings we pass…Of course it would be wonderful to see this gorgeous countryside at a slower speed…ah, just love the autobahn!
Stuttgart itself doesn’t seem all that remarkable compared to other European towns we have visited/passed through; however, our hotel has a wonderful restaurant and is located right next to a beautiful park. As we arrive there is some sort of commotion going on in the streets. We ask our waitress what it is all about, and she informs us it is the typical ‘Monday protests’…apparently every Monday the crowds gather to protest the proposed changes to the city, changes which include cutting down several trees over 300 years old to make way for this progress. She says it has divided the city in half, but it will give an updated look to the town. She seems to have mixed feelings about the whole thing. I felt sad thinking about all those fabulous trees being taken down in the name of progress.
As I mentioned, the restaurant here is wonderful…we sat down for our complimentary welcome drinks (LOVE this – why don’t more hotels do this?) and perused the menu. The desserts looked fabulous, so we quickly made the executive decision to return for dessert after eating dinner and strolling around town. Upon serving us our drinks we were informed that particular restaurant in the hotel closed early, and the desserts we wanted were not offered in the other section of the hotel. What’s a family to do in this situation??? We – of course – made a second executive decision to have dessert first…hey, isn’t there some sort of expression about that? The desserts came, and we ate…they were all we had been imagining. My husband and I ordered pastries from their delectable counter, and both boys chose ice-cream concoctions which were quite a sight to behold. One was a black forest Sunday. It had chocolate ice-cream, cherries (REAL ones), chocolate sauce, a shot of Kirsch liqueur, and a dollop of whipped cream. The other was a ‘nutty’ sundae: Vanilla ice-cream, walnut ice-cream, caramel, candied walnuts, chocolate and caramel sauces, and whipped cream. I took liberties with my ‘parent tax’, having a couple of bites of each. My husband chose a cherry pie unlike any other cherry pie I have experienced…and finally, my dessert was a torte layered with cream and pastry. I should have taken a picture of these, but we were way to busy enjoying them to remember to take a photo. 😉 The pastries are made fresh each day in the hotel, and the two women we met who baked them took such pride in their works of art. They had huge smiles as they described each pastry…I am hungry all over again just thinking about it!!
It was time to walk off some of those dessert calories…we wandered about the outside mall for a bit, taking in the sights offered.