We just returned from a 10 day road trip! We had a great time seeing the sights and spending time with friends. Of course I’ve got many pictures, but I’ll try to chronicle our adventures, starting with day 1. We headed south to Stuttgart and spent the night at the home of some friends that we knew from our time in Mississippi. Their younger boys are just about our boys’ ages so it was a fantastic time for all. Mary and I were in MOPS and the Spouses’ Club together, and she gave me the most honest and helpful advice before moving here. I was very happy to see her in person!
We spent a fair amount of time at the frog pond, just down the street from their house. The hunt was on for frogs, slugs, snails, and “metaphors.” I don’t which of the boys coined the term metaphor, but I think they meant a newt undergoing metamorphosis because they were not making literary comparisons. After spending some quality time with nature we got everybody cleaned up and put to bed.
After a run for me and a bike ride for Jeremy and a delicious breakfast we went to Birkenkopf in Stuttgart. Americans call it Rubble Hill – it is literally a hill composed of the rubble from the bombing raids on Stuttgart in World War II. It is the highest point in the city and is made of 15 million cubic meters of debris!
Much of the hill is covered in plants, shrubs and trees, but at the top there are large pieces such as this lion. One piece had a plaque with an inscription on it that is translated as: This Mountain was built after the Second World War from the rubble of the town to stand as a memorial to the dead and a warning to the living.
The kids had a great time climbing up and around – and then sliding down to the bottom. There were paved paths to walk on which were not too strenuous (after all I was wearing a skirt and flip flops.) At the top is a large cross – Mary said her church holds their Easter Sunrise Service there. What an amazing location!
Even though it was a little hazy we had a great view of the city below. Look at all the red roofs!
After our mountain adventure, we did some shopping and had lunch, and then continued travelling east. Tomorrow: Salzburg!