Trails, a castle, wine, and…pig stomach?

Sunday we took a walk through a nearby trail. It was a perfect morning – sunny and cool. Connor enjoyed his nap in the stroller. The trail went through a forest, and we even passed a group of people having a church service out there. What a beautiful place for worship. It wasn’t a very long trail, so once we got home we walked around our neighborhood for a while. Then it was nap time for all three of us! Here are Charlie and Connor at the start of our walk:

On Monday we had a small local adventure. We drove to the town of Bad Dürkheim, a little more than 20 km east of Hochspeyer, to see the Burgruine Hardenburg. It was a 13th century castle that burned in 1794. Turns out it’s not open on Mondays (whoops…) but we were still able to walk around the outside of it.



After walking through town to get back to our car, we set out to find a winery along the Weinstrasse. I’m not sure how long the wine road actually is, but it goes through many towns. You can drive along any part of it and stop at wineries for tastings. The drive was beautiful – I have never seen so many grapevines! We stopped at a winery in Wachenheim and tasted a few Rieslings. The one we liked the best was a Rieslaner (I have no idea how that’s different from a Riesling…) and we bought two bottles. We drove a few towns over to the town of Deidesheim and saw lots of signs for wineries, but the one we were able to pull into and park was also a restaurant, so we decided to just get a table and have lunch. Charlie had jaegerschnitzel, and I somewhat randomly chose a dish called saumagen. I figured I would like anything! I knew that it came with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, but I didn’t know what the main part was. It looked like two ground pork patties on top of the potatoes and sauerkraut. It was really good. I looked it up when we got home, and according to Wikipedia, saumagen is…”A pork’s stomach that serves as casing for a filling of pork, sausage meat and potatoes. The dish is usually served with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut.” Hmm. So maybe I ate pig stomach. The meat didn’t seem to be in any casing, though…oh well, whatever it was, it was tasty :).

Connor was so good on our outing! He pretty much always is, but I’m always so proud of my little guy when we get home. He was perfectly content in the stroller as we walked to and from the castle, he was happy to be carried around for a little while at the castle and the winery, took a little nap in the car, and played at the restaurant. Luckily we had a huge booth, so there was room for him to lay down and wiggle a little bit. We all had big naps when we got home!

Things I love about Hochspeyer:
– We hear the sounds of church bells and trains throughout the day.
– We don’t need a clock because we can tell the time from the church bells!
– We can see stars at night through the giant window above our bed.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marilyn Mraz
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 01:23:06

    I’m sitting here with Grandma and she’s pronouncing all the German names for me, we are so much enjoying you blog. I can hardly wait until you get internet. Can hardly believe you ate pig stomach but proud that you are so adventourous.


  2. U. Steve
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 21:57:59

    When it comes to restaurants, it’s often better to eat first and find out what it is later. Sounds like you had German haggis. But, as you say, it was tasty. And while it;’s always fun to visit wineries — they’re always scenic — are you passing up the breweries?
    It seems Charalie got off work for Labor Day. Does he get off for German holidays? And what are the German holidays, besides Christmas and other Christian Holy Days and maybe New Year’s day? (They can’t possibly celebrate 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, etc.)


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