Jeff’s friend Connie is a great cook. For my welcome to Germany dinner this time, it was Roast Duck. Deliciously done with the perfect amount of crispiness on the outside hiding a wonderful pink blush on the inside. Served with simple white rice and German style salad on Connie and Rudi’s beautiful balcony on a perfect Spring evening.
The meal was fantastic but the company even better. My brother is fortunate to have such great friends and this circle (Connie, Rudi, Thea and Addy), I have come to know from my various trips there and they have welcomed me with open arms. We eat well, speak in all manner of German, English, hand signals (on my part--I spend a lot of time in Germany--time to start learning German I think) and lots of laughter. They are a fun crowd and know how to show a girl a really good time.
We talked, laughed and drank late into the night under a clear sky filled with brilliant stars and soft breezes easing me into relaxation and a state of joy that I came searching for on this trip.
My brother’s German 'family' love him and take good care of him while he is far away from us and for that I am very very grateful:
Pics from a delightful dinner under the stars:
Sambuca to light up the night---a throw back to my hostessing days in Japan--(don't try this unless you are a professional (and put the flame out before you drink it)):
More to come...leaving for Switzerland in the morning.