Day 5 – Bonn, Eifel, & Monreal
Next, we were bussed to Monreal which was destroyed by the Swedish in 1632 and by the French in 1689 – but since then they’ve managed to build more buildings in that short of time. … The town is beautiful. It was actually rated the most beautiful city in Germany at one point. Quaint, stereotypical German houses nestled between the rolling hills with ruins of a castle on the horizon. Perfect. We hiked to the top of the hill and onto the remains of the castle that was there. It was really fun, muddy, and a little bit challenging but not too bad.o get to my bathroom I have to go through 4 doors (that are always shut). Anyway, the castle was amazing. There were ancient pieces of furnisher that had been actually lived in among other things like many paintings and deer antlers. I very much enjoyed the castle.
We had a break that most of us utilized as nap time (including me) and then there was dinner in one of the bed and breakfasts that the boys stayed at. I stayed in one too…It was cool! A small “apartment” which was very comfortable. Anyway, dinner was eggs sunny side up, a bunch of cold cuts, bread, cheese, and 2 different kinds of wine (we were wine tasting technically). It was delicious..I am lucky that breakfast is my favorite meal, because this was definitely breakfast for dinner. We had some plum pudding and/or cheese cake for dessert which were both delicious and home made.
After dinner we went on a night hike with torches into the forrest for about 45 minutes. It was very fun! Fire is pretty dangerous and we were surprised they let 19 city slickers play with fire in a forrest in Germany. Nothing bad happened…some torches were tossed in the river (with permission) which looked and sounded realllyyyy cool. After the 2nd hike of the day we went back to where we had dinner. I’m gonna let Winkipedia do the explaining here….
“Feuerzangenbowle is a traditional German alcoholic drink for which a rum-soaked sugarloaf is set on fire and drips into mulled wine. It is often part of a Christmas or New Year’s Eve tradition. The name translates literally to fire-tongs punch.”
It was DELICIOUS. Took about 20 minutes to prepare and was well worth the wait. It was bedtime shortly after. Today was my favorite by far.