One of our trips up north in Germany was to visit my Uncle Lothar and his family. My uncle and my aunt use to live in Hamburg and they had a restaurant back then. They served very good and delicious food too! Later on they sold all of that and moved to Pelzerhaken which actually used to be on the east German side. Pelzerhaken sits on the Ostsee or as we know it the Baltic Sea. It is a beautiful area with sandy beaches for miles. A lot of Germans will go and camp along the Baltic sea every chance they get during the summer. When we were going there with another uncle of mine we saw cars lined up on the autobahn heading that way!
Here is a picture of my Uncle Lothar with his pigeons. My mom told me that he has raised pigeons since he was a little boy and he is now getting close to 70 if he isn't already. (I can't remember) He reminds me so much of my Opa (my German grandfather).
Here is a picture of my Uncle Lothar, Tante Heike and my cousin Ilona with me. I never had a chance to really know Ilona as she was a very little girl when we were there ions ago. Of course back then they were not right next door either so it was a treat to visit them. I did not realize how much we resemble one another until I saw this picture!
Ilona and her husband run a restaurant in Gromitz, Schleswig-Holstein a little to the north of Pelzerhaken. It too sits right on the Baltic Sea. Their restaurant is called Strand Picknick so if anyone ever gets to that area I highly recommend their food! We had such a delicious dinner with them. The only bad thing is that we had very little time to spend together.
Here I am with Ilona's older sister Corinna. She is a few years younger than me, and I tend to remember her a little more. I found out that she had gotten married in August and her date is our anniversary date!
This is their 300 year old house. Her husband has had it for a long time and has remodeled quite a bit of it. We were fascinated by it as we really do not have 300 year old houses here! He did a beautiful job on the inside too.
This is what they turned into a garage, but it also houses the heating in it too.
The flower garden on the side.
Is this not cute?! I want hubby to make something like this for me!
I had to get a picture of the duck painted on the door.
Is this not a beautiful set table? We had coffee and kuchen (cake) here. The Germans do know their pastries.....it was all homemade and heavenly!!
It turned out to be a lovely day although the time was short. It was nice to see some more of my German side of the family, and that was what was most important!