Good Afternoon! Well, today sure has zipped by.
I wanted to publish this post early this morning, but I guess WordPress had other plans in store. I have had the hardest time with my server lately. Not only has it been intolerably slow, but it freezes up and times out every few minutes. Is this happening to any other blogger friends out there? Super frustrating.
Since posting wasn’t in my future before hitting the gym for Fitness Pilates, I am going to start there. It felt SO great to get out of “vacation mode” and back into my normal healthy living routine now that I’m home again.
Although I was incredibly full from a full day of eating in Frakenmuth (sharing that with you in just a sec!), I felt like I just had to go running last night. Do you ever feel that way? My body was tired, but my mind was going crazy without that extra release of workout endorphins it has been missing lately.
5 miles last night + Fitness Pilates + 3.1 treadmill miles today = one happy girl!
Ahhhhh. That’s better!
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An Afternoon In Frankenmuth
Okay… now onto the part of the post that coordinates with it’s title. Scott and I both had an event to work yesterday in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Since it is about an hour away from where we live, we planned ahead of time to hang around for a few hours!
Have you ever been to Frankenmuth? It’s known as being “Michigan’s Little Bavaria”, is home of the “World’s Largest Christmas Store”, and is absolutely charming!
We didn’t have enough time to fully explore the area, but made the most of our trip down the main strip. The first stop was at the Bavarian Inn restaurant and castle shops.
We had a hard time deciding where to eat lunch, since we had heard great things about a few places from friends. While thinking about it, we enjoyed the atmosphere and live music around the castle shops.
Gotta love a good cut-out photo opp every now and then!
While walking through the main courtyard, we noticed it was almost time for the Glockinspiel to go off. Right a 3 p.m., the bells rung and started playing a few familiar tunes. A few minutes later (yes minutes), some figurines came out and began telling the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamel. I was pretty pumped to see the figurines come out and rotate around!
After another few minutes, Scott and I realized this would be a story told on the slow side… so we ended up moving on.
Our tummies were rumbling and we finally decided to eat at Zendher’s.
It is famous for their chicken dinners, and always has a waiting line out the door of both main dining rooms.
We got sat in a huge dining area, which almost felt more like a cafeteria to me. There was a buffet on the side, offering almost anything German inspired you can imagine.
Since I am not huge into trying too many meats (which is why most people turn to the buffet), I ordered off of the menu. Without knowing it, my meal also came with more than a few appetizers.
(Chicken Noodle Soup, Cranberry Dressing, Cottage Cheese, Cole Slaw, and a Nut and Fruit Bread with Strawberry Jam.)
Andddddd Chicken Liver Pate.
I know it is considered to be a delicacy, but I really have no urge or intentions on trying anything with the word liver in the title. Sharing this with Scott of course prompted him to offer me cash for my efforts. One piece of bread smothered in chicken liver pate = $75.
Wouldn’t you do it? I’ll just let you observe how that went.
I’m almost certain I will never be trying it again, but regardless, I am now a $75 richer woman. Boom!
At the end of the video, you saw me trying my potato dumplings to try to hide the aftertaste. The side of them, along with my main dish of Chicken Schnitzel was pretty tasty!
Our late lunch continued with a trip to the dessert bar, and I may or may have not shared some of Scott’s orange sherbert and fruit cobbler. We both left miserably full!
Wanting to walk it off before heading back home, we took a few strolls down Main Street and stopped in a few shops along the way.
We Scott also wanted to join in on some ribbon game fun at the fountain.
As a child, I remember visiting Frankenmuth with my family and how much we loved the homemade fudge. Scott and I agreed another trip was in order later on this year and we just have to wait until then to get our fudge fix.
It was a fun few hours to explore, but we still have yet to go see the World’s Largest Christmas Store as well as a few other big landmarks. I think it will be even cooler to visit in the winter when it actually feels like Christmas!
Until next time…
Auf Weidersehen, Frankenmuth!