26.08.2017 - 26.08.2017
Saturday we awoke to a brighter day - a good day for the Wein Markt which is held in the City Park. It did not begin until the afternoon so we had a leisurely morning and took care of some chores.
Still on the hunt for "Katzenfutter" we tried a different store and picked a couple of new ones to try - winner winner Trunhuhn Dinner! Finally a food she really likes - plan return trip to store to stock up!
Next task was a little laundry so we headed to the nearest laundromat. Laundromats are always interesting - fortunately there are some int'l symbols for laundry so we are usually able to figure the machines out no matter the language.
Laundry done, shopping done, it was time to head to Wein Markt! We took the S-Bahn to the stop near the "Stadtpark" and followed the trail of folks heading there as well.
Who's driving this train?
The park is a beautiful setting for this event for sure - lots of trees for shade, wine & food stalls lining the paths. They offer a "strolling wine tasting" 13 euros to taste at 8 different wine stalls and a lovely glass - here's hoping the glasses make it home in one piece!
Next order of business - food! We passed the ice cream, crepes, and other such nonsense to the brats and next the "kartoffeln" - we tried the fries shredded potatoes with applesauce to dip them in - sounds odd but it was pretty good!
Stomachs full, wine in hand we continued on to the next tasting stall. We sat in the tent and met a group of Americans who were all civilian workers at the base in nearby Wiesbaden. We chatted for a bit (well until our glasses were empty) and headed off to the next tasting stall - stopping for some wonderful chocolate dipped strawberries on the way.
We ended up in the tent of the 5 tasting stall where we caught up with group from Weisbaden at the next table over. We sat down at a table and shortly thereafter were joined by an older German couple - Ursela & Klaus - who spoke English pretty well. We started chatting about many things (we all agreed no politics) and about an hour later an young couple - Fabian & Jenny - joined us too. Never in a million years would I have guessed Fabian as a German name! They both spoke excellent English and the six of us sat, talked, laughed, and drank wine for the next 4 hours or so!
The group from Weisbaden
Fabian & Jenny
Ursela & Klaus - we never did meet the couple at the far end of the table.
For us these are the golden moments of travel - sitting and sharing experiences withe locals and learning about different cultures. Klaus told me about the men in colorful uniforms - the Mainz Stadtsoldaten. They are the guards of the Mainz wine and have been a tradition at the festival since 1936.
Having tasted our 8 wines and a couple extra glasses it was time to head home - heading to Amsterdam tomorrow!