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Saturday, 22 September 2012

Celebration

Last Saturday the Monk and Mausi celebrated their marriage in the Friedenskirch in Wiesbaden. It was a fun service, conducted by our local priest in the Old Catholic way and attended by a large number of our friends and the Monk's son and eldest daughter and their partners. A glass of 'Sekt' (can't call it 'champagne' even if that is what it is - the French and the EU don't like it) in the church afterward with everyone was followed by a superb dinner at the Eden Parc Hotel in Bad Schwalbach.

The Eden Parc is a fantastic hotel in a great setting. It was built in 1930 to the "Bauhaus" pattern, and includes large rooms with en suite facilities and an indoor swimming pool and gymnasium. Our guests were booked into rooms here so we could all enjoy the meal, some wine (German drink/driving enforcement tends to be very strict - one glass of anything is too much) and the company. We had guests from Poland, the UK and different parts of Germany so it was an 'international' gathering to say the least.

The dinner was superb. We chose dishes that were Rheingau specialities and a wine list to match. The Chef produced nothing less than a masterpiece, just the right quantity of each course and timing the courses to perfection. He and the rest of the staff were, however, amused and quite taken with the quaint 'English' tradition we insisted on to end the meal - a glass of Port wine accompanied by cheese and English water biscuits. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the little ritual of 'passing the Port' and we finally retired to bed very late and very, very happy and well fed.

Eventually we will post some pictures - our photographer took plenty, but I haven't received them yet.

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