Grafenwöhr was our stomping grounds from 2001 to 2005 and it was so nice to be back in the area. It’s a beautiful location and it’s grown quite a bit since we left but it still has several historic buildings:
We lived about 30 minutes from Graf in the sleepy town of Neunkirchen bei Weiden. It has two churches, the kindergarten my daughter attended, lots of walking/biking paths and much more. We met many wonderful friends when we lived there and still keep in contact with them. A flood of memories came rushing back as we drove into town:
We saw a rainbow as we drove toward Neunkirchen ~ made me feel welcomed:
When we lived in Neunkirchen, we had two large dogs who loved running free in the forest surrounding the town. We went back to see if there were any changes and we’re happy to report everything appears exactly the same.
It’s important to keep a lookout for interesting things when driving in Germany, you never know what you might see along the road. Here’s a tiny chapel:
or a cross along the road:
We went to our favorite restaurant, Pegasus not once but twice. We were considered stammtisch (a regular) when we lived in Neunkirchen. We would walk in and they wouldn’t even ask our order ~ they would just bring our drinks and food to the table. Unless mussels were in season, then John would change his order. If you’re in the area and get a chance to go to Pegasus, I highly recommend the Scampi Diavolo.
On Friday, we went to lunch at Pegasus with our German neighbor, Norbert and his son. Then today, as we headed out of town and at the last minute, we decided to swing by and eat there one more time since we have no idea when our next trip to Germany will be. Surprisingly,as we drove into the parking lot, we saw Norbert walking toward the entrance!! Must be fate ~ we couldn’t have planned it any better.
Neunkirchen is very close to Weiden which is a very pretty German town with a lovely pedestrian zone (Fußgängerzone). It looks even prettier with Christmas decorations. We met with our friends, Nadja, German and their two adorable daughters for dinner in Weiden:
More of beautiful Weiden at night:
This was less of a sightseeing trip and more of a chance to reconnect with old friends. From the looks of our photos, we ate our way through Germany! Good food, Great friends!