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July 30, 2016

Once Again A Toasted Sandwich Only For The Brave…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Last summer whilst on holiday in Germany we travelled to the site of an extinct volcano, but only Himself and our guest wanted to walk around it.

The rest of us ended up at the nearby “Gastwirtschaft Sünnen” restaurant in Steffln just a few kilometres down the road from the volcano site.

After a short wait a toasted sandwich lunch and a hot chocolate arrive for Little Mr, and again we are astounded at the amount of cheese on top of the toasted sandwich, it must be a regional thing here.

There is also an ice-cream sundae for Kiwi Daughter who lunched earlier but twisted my arm that she shouldn’t need to have bread for her “second lunch” if she already had it for her first.

Little Mr was promised ice-cream too after his toasted sandwich but as soon we saw the amount of cheese he was almost in tears, knowing that he would never be able to finish it.

I let him off the hook and said that if he made a good attempt at the sandwich then the ice-cream would still be on,  on the condition that he didn’t fight with his sister.

Deal done, I settled into a nice cup of tea, which turned into two because Himself and guest took longer than expected making their walk.

Once they both joined us, Little Mr had recovered enough from the cheese to order an ice-cream with his guest.

Himself ended up helping them both finish theirs though because they were more filling than they looked, but in Little Mr’s case I was hardly surprised because the hot chocolate alone was almost enough to fill him up.

The staff were friendly despite us speaking no German and they speaking no English (or maybe being unwilling to), certainly Kiwi Daughter who has had some German classes, didn’t dare open her mouth.

Maybe she wasn’t alone.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

And after all that waiting then this is the only photograph that Himself  of the Volcano crater (well, what is left of it, it’s really low because you can see blue sky through the trees over the edge on the left. This is probably why it was so hard to find).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

Gastwirtschaft Sünnen /Steffeln / DE.

July 29, 2016

A Giant Money-Box In The Bar?

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The next thing to catch my attention in the “Gastwirtschaft Sünnen” restaurant in Steffln, Germany, are some of the items on the wall.

There appears to be some sort of money box, but unusually with not only separate money slots, but also enough of them in total for a good many of the regular patrons.

I later learn that these are called “Sparschraenke-Sparkassetten” (savings boxes /money boxes with separate slots).

My first guess was that patrons who had their own number in the box could put in a Euro or two at a time and save up for a few steins sometime in the future but once I’d done some research I discovered that it was far bigger than that.

According to the article, it’s not coins that are regularly deposited in these, but notes, and that come years end when the box is opened and the amounts are tallied up, it might well be possible for a patron to have saved several hundred euros, even enough for a holiday!

How cool  is that? I also assumed that these boxes were something of a fairly old fashioned habit but a quick look on the HMF shop website and I see that you can order your own boxes of various sizes with varying amounts of slots even today! I’ve learnt about something completely new and I love the idea… Who knew you could save for your holiday at the pub?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Keeping Age Old German Savings Custom 
HMF Shop : Sparschraenke-Sparkassetten / Money Box With Multiple Slots.
Gastwirtschaft Sünnen /Steffeln / DE.

July 28, 2016

Quirky Arty Sculptural Objects Are Just My Cup Of Tea…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Whilst on holiday last summer in Germany, we noticed in a brochure that detailed sites to see, that there was apparently an extinct volcano in the vicinity.

Noting that there were no actual mountain-like geographic features around us, we got curious and decided to see what an almost flat volcano might look like.

Once we found the place, it became clear that even the entrance path was beyond my capabilities on crutches, so Himself deposited me at the “Gastwirtschaft Sünnen” restaurant in Steffeln where I could sit until he and our guest had completed their walk.

Little Mr and Kiwi Daughter decided that they preferred taking lunch to taking exercise and joined me in the restaurant.

There was a bit of a wait for our order so we look around the restaurant, quite entertained by the sight of several new things. The first was a long leather band that had been sewn so that it could hold and display beer bottles. I am not superstitious but I know people who are, so I smiled at the sight of the upside down horse shoe, they would be horrified because apparently that makes the “luck” run out. (ok, … if you believe in that stuff). I love quirky things, and when they come in the form of arty sculptural objects, then even better. I’m really not an “ornament” sort of person but this little pair would look great in a garden (if we had one) and it they made me smile.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Gastwirtschaft Sünnen /Steffeln / DE.

July 27, 2016

Sit At A Double Tier Bar, … On Your Bench Seat!

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The next thing to grab our attention in the Gastwirtschaft Sünnen” restaurant in Steffln, Germany, is the unusual bar. This bar has been modified so that it includes a bench seat and additional seating. To say I have never seen anything like it, is an understatement! One thing is for certain, it makes you look do a double take!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Gastwirtschaft Sünnen /Steffeln / DE.

July 26, 2016

Luckily No One Ordered Fish For Lunch…

Filed under: German Cuisine,GERMANY,PHOTOGRAPHY,Stadtkyll: Vulkangarten — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Last summer Kiwi Daughter, Little Mr and I are taking a lunch break in the “Gastwirtschaft Sünnen” restaurant in Steffln, Germany whilst Himself and Little Mr’s guest take on the more energetic project of walking around an extinct volcano crater nearby. One of the first things to capture the attention of the kids in the restaurant is a fish tank, and a colourful array of tropical fish. Some of them prove elusive to find, until they move from the point where they have been camouflaged or until the emerge from under the rocky crevices of the interior decor. All of them get many admiring  remarks as we talk about their various shapes, sizes, patterns, and colours. Luckily no one has ordered fish for lunch!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Gastwirtschaft Sünnen /Steffeln / DE.

July 24, 2016

A Crater So Flat It’s Almost Impossible To Find…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Although we thought that we must surely be some thousands of kilometres away from any distinguishing feature to do with tectonic plates, last summer in Germany, Himself informs me that he has read that there is an extinct volcano somewhere close by to our holiday park near Stadtkyll.

This is obviously not an old volcanic rim like I’m used to seeing in New Zealand, with a  Mount Taranaki looking like the twin sister of Japan’s Mount Fiji.

It’s also nothing like the steep, sharply jagged volcanic rims of the ancient volcanoes that make up Christchurch, New Zealand’s Port Hills and flooded Lyttelton and Akaroa volcanoes harbours.

This is apparently a small undulating series of tiny hills, or even less than that, that make up a crater that it’s possible to completely drive past unawares unless there was signage to tell you otherwise.

Of course this is Family Kiwidutch and even with Our Lady Of The Tom Tom “helping” out, we were quite able to get thoroughly lost. At one point I thought I saw a fleeting sign on a road heading left and told Himself that maybe we had better turn around and check it out. He told me that both an earlier road sign and the Tom Tom agreed that it had to be somewhere ahead of us to the right, and that with a car full of restless kids did we really want to go to the hassle?

He wasn’t keen. So we drove on and ended up with signage that basically took us around in a complete circle, literally back to that exact one I had seen earlier. That alone could have saved us another three-quarters of an hour and even grumpier kids. Oh well. One thing is for certain, this is a blink and you’d miss it geographical feature so Himself’s mission to find it had better have been worth it. We have found the sign, at least that’s a start!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

A Round-a-bout with large metal cattle sculptures in the centre…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Suddenly approximately forty motorcycle riders pass by, clearly a club, many with matching hi-vis jackets… (I missed the first riders, too slow with the camera).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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It’s here somewhere

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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