September 30, 2009

Trip to Stuttgart

We had a wonderful mini-trip to Stuttgart this last weekend to celebrate Greg's birthday. Stuttgart turned out to actually be a very relaxing trip for us. It's not a huge city, but there's some fun things to do and it's very easy to get around. Greg was so excited to take the train (as many of you know, he loves anything mass transit-related) and it was about 3 hours away.

After we checked into our hotel, we headed to the mineral baths of Leuze, just beyond the city. All that Greg had asked for (beyond going by train) was a hot tub, so I did one better with the mineral baths. This area had 4 or 5 pools, each with a different temperature. You're supposed to go from cold to hot so the hot bath will feel very hot. But we did it all backwards, ending up trying the hot first (34 degrees celsius, maybe 90 degrees F) and then heading to the cooler ones. Needless to say, the hottest was not as warm as a hot tub, but because of that, we were able to hang out in there for longer than you could hang out in a hot tub. Plus, the hot bath was carbonated! Bubbles landed on our bodies and it was a funny feeling! We also went into the sauna area, but walked right out again because we realized no bathing suits were allowed and we hadn't brought our towels. We strolled from the baths through Stuttgart's city park, which is long but wonderful. We decided on dinner at an Indian place in town and the food was lovely.

On Sunday, we headed out to the Wilhelma Zoo-Botanical Gardens. There were so many cool animals, birds, fish, and butterflies to see there. It helped that we had fantastic weather for all this, too. You can see more in our photos which I put in an online album for you all. We grabbed lunch and then headed to the train station to catch our train back to Munich. Overall, it was a great trip to start our travels as a couple here.

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