Gardens in Europe

Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a great June so far. On May 15th, Trev and I said so long to the cats and packed our suitcases for a two-week journey to Europe. This trip was very special, and we had a few very important goals.

1. Eat a lot of food and drink a lot of good beer.

Apfelwein in Frankfurt. Delicious apple wine that has existed since the 1st century AD. We stumbled across a Maifest while we were there and tried some. Yum.
Apfelwein in Frankfurt. Delicious apple wine that has existed since the 1st century AD. We stumbled across a Maifest while we were there and tried some. Yum.

2. Recover Trev’s Luxembourg citizenship. Yes, you read that right. Through a random and temporary act of craziness, Luxembourg is encouraging people who have had Luxembourg-born relatives living within a certain time frame to apply to be citizens. Trev qualifies and has discovered lots of cool genealogical treasures about his family, which you can read about on his blog The Wanna-Be Luxembourger. He got all official documents together this winter, and the next step was to apply in person in front of  a Luxembourg official. Yes definitely read his blog. It’s funny and interesting.

3. Visit my cousin Mayling who lives in London and has been there for a couple of years. She works right next to the river Thames and took us to lots of cool and hip places where we could experience a less-touristy, better tasting London and catch up with her.

4. Visit Trev’s aunt, uncle and two cousins in Northern Ireland where they’ve been for two years. It was awesome to see the girls’ school (resembling Hogwarts) and tour the beautiful and rainy sights with his Aunt Lisa before they move back to the Chicago area in July.

This vacation was much needed, and I think we learned a lot about each other, ourselves and the places we visited. Being there in the springtime made me miss springtime in D.C. while we were away. Here are some of the photos of gardens and public spaces that made me regret not training the cats to operate a watering can while we were gone.

After all the amazing sights we saw and the fun times we had, it was still great to come home to the cats, muggy weather, serving people on the patio and some delicious ripe strawberries in the garden.

Fresh strawberries from the bookcase garden in the back.
Fresh strawberries from the bookcase garden in the back.

I realized that although German police officers are scary and highly intimidating while still being cartoonish at the same time, I have a little German side of me that can only relax and see the world for a little while before I want an orderly routine back. Yea, I know – but we’re all just a little bit crazy.

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