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Castle on the hill above the Rhine
A type of Fachwerkhäuser
In English one might think of this style as ‘Elizabethan’
Eine Gasse – a narrow street
Recently we were at an antique fair and there we saw some Meissen porcelain. It was the plain variety. Pleasant blue on white with the traditional table ware shapes. It reminded us of the not-so plain variety of which there is plenty in Schleissheim Castle and the Residenz Palace. Have a look.
einfach – billig
simple – cheap
Note this leaf shape.
Here you can see the more colourful variety. Mind you, ever so slightly in the higher price bracket. The great quality of Meissen porcelain is based on the strength of the pottery itself. Meissen porcelain is very strong.
Schön – Teuer
Beautiful – Expensive
And there is that leaf shape again
Or here is something from the Residenz Palace in Munich:
sehr teuer – gar nicht billig
very expensive – not at all cheap
Just in case, you thought, you would like to own a couple of those dishes, you would need to put some serious money aside. Maybe your favourite aunt could put you in her will.
Of course, older, antique Meissen porcelain is all numbered and known and one can really only find it in museums, or private castle collections. See if you can get to know those collectors and get an invitation. The Germans would call that:
eine schöne Einladung
a beautiful invitation
In einem japanischem Restaurant
When recently friends visited Germany, they decided to treat themselves and their friends to a wonderful meal in a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant.
It is clear that these days more people in Germany eat more ethnic food, or food that came from well beyond the shores of the lands the people grew up in.
On this occasion the friends visited a beautiful teppanyaki restaurant. Needless to say, it was a bit expensive and a little exclusive to go to such a restaurant in Europe, but times are changing and Japanese cuisine is recognised as being exquisite and healthy and entertaining. Just enjoy the photos.
Just hold the sticks towards the end… and then you…
I hope you don’t mind, if I use a fork…?! Of course not. Enjoy!
No restaurant in Germany – Japanese or not – will survive if the menu doesn’t have sausages somewhere on the menu. And here they are!
So… chicken to the left… salad to the right… flip the vegetables… add the carrots… hang on… your creation looks different from mine?!
So very Japanese: Well done! Well done! It is the effort that matters.
Could it be any more different from traditional German cooking? Absolutely!
Sea food on a platter
Would you believe it?! They loved it! Notice that the other table also has a range of fire engines ready to entertain. We should all dash out and buy a set of fire engines, shouldn’t we?!
Now it is your turn! Yeah!
Boys with their toys! Who would have thought that a fire engine could be so much fun in a restaurant!
He got squirted! Oh, what fun! He’ll be able to tell his grandchildren all about it!
When I was young, we used to…
Das hat gut geschmeckt!
That was a great rickshaw ride through Rothenburg o.d. Tauber