This week I booked a flight to see one of my best friends in her native Germany. It’s hard to believe it’s been eight years since this photo was taken in Sauerland!
Rebecca has lived with me on two separate occasions – once in high school and once in college – and visited me a third time with one of her best friends, Carina, whom I can’t even wait to see again! I haven’t seen Rebecca in almost six years but it doesn’t feel that long because we Skype a few times a month. (Isn’t technology great?) Still, I can hardly believe I get to hug her once more!
In November I’ll fly to Germany and spend time with Rebecca and her family in her charming village. On our way from the airport in Frankfurt to her town, we’ll explore the Fairy Tale Road, which is a series of sights on a road north of Frankfurt that inspired much of the Brother Grimm’s stories. If you aren’t familiar, Germany is the origin of many popular fairy tales and therefore, the origin of many Disney movies. I took several fairy tale classes in college (two in German) and am so excited to see the cottage that inspired Schneewittchen (Snow White)!
We’ll eat Spaghettieis, go to the Old Town festival, and walk Rebecca’s golden retriever to nearby castles (as you do in Europe). Maybe we’ll even explore Düsseldorf for a day. Then we’ll road trip our way to Paris and I’ll finally get to see the city of light! It’s only a five hour drive from Meschede to Paris and, happily, Belgium is on the way so we’ll stop there to stretch our legs and eat chocolate.
I have long been in love with France. I’ve been all over Germany and Greece but never have I been to France. If there is one culture I identify with, it’s French culture. You can see touches of Paris all over my home:
The Rose Table’s Paris To Do List:
- See the Eiffel Tower and Arc du Triumph
- Go to a Parisian farmers market and pick up a baguette, cheese, and fruit and have a picnic on the Seine
- Find the best cappuccino and croissant in France
- Eat oysters at Huîtrerie Régis, as detailed in Meet Paris Oyster by Mireille Guiliano
- Cruise down the Seine
- Wander the streets of Paris and pretend I’m Audrey Hepburn
After Paris, we’ll stop in beautiful Luxembourg on our way back to Germany and then spend a couple of days in Frankfurt before I fly back. I can’t wait to take you all on my European journey. Be sure and follow me on Twitter at @therosetable to explore Europe with me!
Bis November, Europa!
Und wenn sie nicht gestorben sind, dann leben sie noch heute.”