Friday, May 15, 2009


It would have been fun to buy these.

Annika loved this teeter-totter.

How cute!

Some of the many wardrobes.


Lumbar and other pieces from old buildings.

Today after dropping Josiah at pre-school, Rachel took Annika and me to some German Antik stores about 10 miles out of Stuttgart. We took an exit prematurely and were treated to winding narrow roads where we saw many fruit orchards and fields and fields of gardens where there were long rows of tall mounds of dirt, some covered completely in plastic. I'm guessing potatoes were planted there, but can't be sure. We passed a small stand where a woman was selling white asparagus. She had several customers. There was also a large field of gladiolas popping out of the ground. This should be a great place to visit from time to time this summer and fall to see what is being offered.

Once arriving at the Antik (antique) stores, we ventured into the first one. It was two floors of mostly furniture - much of it large - some new, some old. If you're looking for a wardrobe, head over here. The selection is unbelievable. There were many dining sets and small tables, some with drawers. I saw many darling hutches, but of course could not even think of getting one. I had my eye open for dishes or glassware, but nothing really knocked my socks off.

Annika enjoyed seeing some of the old toys - such as doll houses, typewriters, and a very old, dirty stuffed dog. She didn't get to buy it.

We wandered through a couple of others shops that were in the vicinity. Rachel bought a pretty salt glazed pitcher. It looked quite old, but was in very good shape.

We ate lunch at a new Mc Donald's next to the Stuttgart airport. It had contemporary furniture, plus a Mc Cafe - offering lattes and delectable desserts. I had a new sandwich called the Mc Royale - which was like a quarter-pound California burger - and a chocolate milk. Now the chocolate milk is interesting: they serve a bottle of white milk and a chocolate powdered-filled straw. I must have sucked the chocolate too voraciously, because I ran out of chocolate before I ran out of milk. Then I treated myself to a chocolate chunk cookie, which was very good.

Josiah's T-ball practice this afternoon was cancelled due to rain. That was 2 hours ago. The sun is now shining brightly. I hope they are able to play their game tomorrow because it will be my only chance to go. His team is the A's, and he has been sporting an Oakland A's hat since I got here. He wears it almost all day long.


Jan said...

We got off on some road one day too, and I have to say that was one of my most enjoyable memories of Germany. We love cruising the backroads here and loved it in Germany too. So your little exit miscue sounds like great fun to me! I hope you get to see Joe play too!

Jan said...

P.S. I can't imagine why Rach didn't let Annie get that dirty dog!

I Love Barbershop said...

Love the pictures. And the update of your events. I'm so glad that you are able to spend this quality time with them.

Pat said...

Are you going to want to come home?? It sounds like you are having the greatest time. Everything you are doing is fun. I think about you often and can't wait to see you when you get home to hear all the little details and see all the pictures.

Heidi said...

I am glad you are having fun! I think I would enjoy the antik shops.