4th of July lunch:

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Jon made a huge amount of ribs for himself & his kids, but I can’t eat them because of the stomach drama – so I had chicken + one little bit of the pork to taste. I requested the chickpea salad because I love it and could eat it all summer. He also chopped up some sweet potatoes and baked them + made what I call “grandma squash” (squash/zucchini from our garden boiled (if that’s the right term?) for a long time on the stove with bacon thrown in for flavor).

Pretty normal (if large) lunch. We were at the gym by 5:45 this morning.

Vacation eating/sloth is officially over.
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I don’t remember what meal this dessert option went with in Germany, but I think it was our last (unpictured) lunch at the hotel in Landau:

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I saw them (from a distance) all lined up and was curious to try – but a little nervous because I had no idea what to expect and thought it might be jello (which I can’t eat because of texture issues/gag just thinking about).

It wasn’t jello, though – it happened to be melon balls floating in some sort of orange juice mixture. The glass thing had been carried and the juice had sloshed around by the time I took the picture, so it doesn’t actually portray that – when settled – it did not appear to be straight OJ. I have no idea – but would love to know.

They were pretty all lined up/displayed. Different.
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So after the winery trip, Jon had one final morning of work stuff followed by a drive to the town his company is actually based in for final goodbyes and a tour (for those interested – like me) of the facility.

After that – we were free! And close to Strasbourg, France. And we still had the fancy company-provided car for the night – so we drove over for dinner + so I could see the Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre-Dame (Jon had been before on a previous trip).

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(I will likely never own a car that I can’t just pay for outright – so this is probably out unless I change professions or win the lottery or something. Was a nice perk, though.)

We drove through the Black Forest …

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… which is beautiful.

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It was snowing the last time I was in this area, so I’m glad this trip worked out during a warmer season.

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The cathedral? Stunning. Seriously. 466 feet tall. Sixth tallest church in the world.

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We walked around for a while and then spent several hours eating dinner on this patio:

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I started with onion pie.

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Jon tried escargot for the first time. I declined.

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Next up – for me – was salmon + risotto.

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Jon had a big plate of meat + sauerkraut.

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Dessert!

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It was a nice night. Great transition from work stuff to vacation.

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Up next: We drove through the Rhine River Valley on our way to Brugge, Belgium – in a car that WE paid for.

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The (hybrid) European version of a Honda Fit – coincidentally what we actually own at home.

Big difference, for sure.

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