We have stayed the majority of our time in the small town of Vilseck, Germany. It is the quintessential Bavarian town minus the Alps. We are a little too far north to see those. Lawns are perfectly manicured and there are hiking and biking trails all over the place linking villages to one another.
This part of Germany is so close to the Czech Republic that Lori even went on an overnight spa trip with some of her girlfriends. It was a smaller version of her birthday trip to Chodovar last fall. (http://freetirement.weebly.com/blog/celebrating-50-years)
A tradition here in Germany involves honoring Sunday as a day of rest. Nobody is allowed to do work such as mowing lawns or washing cars. It is meant for families to be out in nature together enjoying a more quiet time. Therefore, we have made Sunday mornings our weekly date. We stroll to the local bakery in Vilseck where we enjoy seeing the neighborhood pass by our window as we sip coffee and share a warm apple strudel. Afterward, we may walk one of the local trails and feed the ducks along the way. Sundays were never more enjoyable than here in Germany.
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