ticketing and security was surprisingly quick.
duty free has liters of bombay sapphire for $21. i took advantage of this. the flight was quick and painless, the morning somewhat less so.
open middle seat ftw. dinner wasn’t half bad, but the breakfast sandwich i ate in a haze made me angry at the world until we got to hotel and a took a nap.
obligatory old church visit was the first stop.
they have a room full of bones.
the two gentlemen are dean and john, my traveling companions. helga, with her back turned, is our host. weingut janz is her family’s winery. they send extra juice to the co-op in these large plastic vessels.
the harvester is so coooool.
this fountain bears a striking resemblance to bastardo. the pool should be laden with full breasted women, it’d bring good luck to us all.
this cellar is huge. it was started by the romans. the top part is a museum, the bottom half is now a car park. times change.
the winery that previously used the cellar made sekt, the german equivalent of champagne. it could fit millions of bottles, and has seemingly endless rooms still filled with bottles. their oldest barrel, no longer in use, in from the 14th century.
it’s a good season to be in germany. the weather is good, the grapes are ripe, and the federwiess is plentiful. partially fermented, the alcohol level and sweetness is usually moderate but hard to discern. it’s cheap though, and alive, and quite life-affirming.