Off again to Bavaria and Eastern Wuerttemberg:
Arrived in Germany, beautiful sunny day. After getting out of the extremely busy Frankfurt airport, made it to the airport hotel for one night to wait for the group arriving on Sunday. TIP: if you stay at the Holiday Inn Express (Mohenfeld) by the airport because it is close and has a shuttle, you may want to try a couple restaurants near here. You are kind of stuck on the outskirts of town and I was debating on eating micro waved pizzas at the hotel or taking the shuttle back to the airport to eat at the food court when I noticed a sign for an Italian restaurant nearby. Across the street, you walk down a country lane heading towards a campground and there you find Tommasa’s Italian restaurant and very close to it is a German restaurant with bier garten (didn’t see the name). I chose Italian this time, great food, reasonable prices and close to the hotel. Just an FYI.
Sunday – Back to the airport to meet group, which I eventually did and we were off for our 2.5 hour ride to our hotel in Ansbach. This was another gorgeous day, sunny and mild temps. The ICE train from the airport was crowded but once we changed trains in Wurzburg, we had open windows and a beautiful breeze. The further we travelled east into the Franconia countryside, the terrain was lush green, rolling hills and farmers fields. Near Wurzburg the vineyards stretched up the hills in orderly rows. Beautiful introduction to Germany.
We made it to Ansbach; the group getting very tired after the long plane and train ride so when we made it to the hotel and saw the unbelievable rooms and beds it was well worth the ride. This hotel is located in Old town Ansbach and the building had originally been a residence for the clerks of the Margraves (rulers) of Ansbach. Of course it has been renovated but still contains the charm and richness of a higher class. Spiral staircase (sorry no elevator, but small price to pay) lead to the rooms with high ceilings, large windows with beautiful draperies and soft beds under crystal chandeliers and a marble floored, gold handled bathroom with a very large (by European standards) deep bathtub. That is a rarity in German hotels. Incredible! I was then shown to my garden suite. This hotel has a charming café, breakfast room where they serve freshly made kafee und kuchen daily, past this outside is a bier garten set in the small garden and past this is a separate building with the garden suite. I felt like the Princess of Ansbach! Really, really luxurious. I will definitely be spoiled for anything else. I probably should not go on and on, because was just a lucky find for us, I sure can’t promise this everytime, but we will enjoy it while we can. Quick walk around town or a nap for some, good filling dinner and early to bed to get ready for the week ahead.