The nine hour plane ride from DFW airport to Frankfurt International airport was comfortable and uneventful. Our family of five has been anticipating this two week vacation as our last official family trip before Hannah leaves for college this August.
Here are a few highlights from Day One.
Most of the trip planning was done with the help of Rick Steve’s Germany guide book. Along with internet research, it was the perfect supplement to pull together our itinerary since it also had a section on Salzburg, Austria. I checked out Steve’s Switzerland book to complete the weeks.
We were ready for lunch at 10:00am, so we sat in the Lowenbrau bier garten for some local fare. The service really was ‘sloppy and rude’ as Steve’s guide said, but we were thankful for the food and ambiance.
The local Italian restaurants were friendly and the food and beverages were delicious.
This ’emporer’s spa’ used by Roman leaders is now cleaned once a year by workers using oxygen masks.
Families stroll through the coble stoned lanes, as well as Tony cars making their way to local hotels. Ric Okasek (The Cars) and Paulina Porezkova (Estee Lauder model) and their two teenaged sons strolled right past us like any other normal family. She is still gorgeous, by the way!
Baden Baden is a family friendly destination with plenty of walking activities to keep everyone busy and engaged. The Irish-Roman Bath House is a huge draw for people to rest and rejuvenate. And the water bubbles up at about 105 degrees.