"I would like to specifically dedicate this to my mother who struggled in life so that I may succeed."
|My 20th Birthday|
|Wedding day mother-daughter dance|
|One of the many times she visited me during deployment|
|First Gluwein ever!|
|Squished in the car with Emma. She has a necklace problem.|
|She looked like a little girl with feelings of awe and surreal-ness, right?|
|I heart her!|
|Emma joined in the fun. Mom drank a Raddler: 1/2 Beer 1/2 Lemonade = yummy|
|We imagined grandpa writing his name in the tables.|
|The glockenspiel. So cool!|
|More Gluwein! Family photo.|
|Christmas market ornaments|
|Biggest Christmas tree ever!|
|St. Nicholas was walking around handing out presents to all the children.|
|The inside of one of the beautiful churches in town.|
Up next: Heidelberg, Germany
We took a day trip to visit Heidelberg castle. Her first CASTLE!!!! It was fun to do a short tour and see the magnificent view of the Rhine. Then we lucked out and went to Mom's 3rd Christmas market (It was supposed to be closed)!
|Gorgeous view of the Rhine|
Last stop: Epernay, France
I have to say, this was my FAVORITE stop. It's a 3.5 hour drive from Wiesbaden and we had soooo much fun. We toured the finest champagne caves, Moët & Chandon! Their theme is "The essence of celebration," hence the name of this blog post. We were told by many people that this is the only place you really need to tour the caves. We followed useful tips from my friend's blog, here. She also summarizes the tour on how the champagne is made. It's such a cool process!
Since we went in the winter, Moët & Chandon was closed on Saturday. Our tour was at 2PM on Friday, so we drove down Thursday and stayed 2 nights. After our tour, we walked around and sampled champagne at other Champagne houses. The next day we woke up and shopped on their cute pedestrian zone. It was one of my favorite trips and I highly recommend it!
- Remember to stop before Saarbruken for the last Esso station to get gas in Germany.
- Bring change for the toll roads in France. One toll was 4.40 Euro and the other 12.20 Euro.
- We did the Imperial tour at Moët & Chandon, but for only 4 more Euro you can taste the vintage. You're really only there once, so just splurge! I regretted it after they talked so much about how the vintage had been sitting for 10 years.
- Fun fact: Moët is pronounced like mo-et, not like the painter Claude Monet.
- Dogs are not allowed in the cave tours. :(
|We made it to the land of champagne!|
|Napolean was here!|
|Bottles and bottles, oh my!|
|Riddling racks! If only I could fit one of these in our tiny apartment.|
|The bubbles are so tiny.|
|Can you tell we had fun? Of course we had to buy a few bottles to go!|
|My favorite all time picture.|
It was sad to see my mom go, but we had a fantastic trip! We lived every second of her time here. When we weren't traveling, we cooked up a storm: homemade ravioli, cute little tea cakes, and our family ham recipe. It was fun to shop for Christmas presents and we ended her visit eating take out, watching TV, and sipping the Moet desert wine. Mom's next visit is sure to be a blast, since it will be warmer weather! I can't wait to explore more. Love you, mom!