“Le dessert?,” the waitress asked.
I looked at S with eyebrows hopefully raised, thinking about the French treats we were just drooling over on the restaurant’s chalkboard wall.
“Oui!”, he said.
I turned to the waitress, “Oui! Les profiteroles, s’il vous plait!”
“What just happened? I thought we were getting the check?,” S said. “L’addition.”
“No…she said dessert. I thought you said yes to le dessert not l’addition….”
And so began our first trip of the new year…with a mistaken dessert that we didn’t regret and the subsequent order of another bottle of wine. About two hours from home, we were exploring the beautiful French city of Metz, with it’s gorgeous cathedral, excellent restaurants (I especially recommend L’Escalier, which specializes in steak and frites…and profiteroles), and fun bars (I especially recommend Les BerThom, part of a chain of bars serving excellent IPAs and Belgian beers). We’ve already vowed to go back.
2014 has been a big year for me: about 26 cities, 10 countries, 3 continents, 24 flights (8 of them trans-Atlantic), 10 road trips, five long train rides, and a bus. Add to that learning a new language, learning to cook, learning to live with S, navigating the German visa system, and a little bit of wedding planning, and it’s easy to say this ranks as one my biggest years yet. Throughout all of the traveling and the lovely little bits in between, it was a year full of growth, rest, excitement, food, and love. I can only imagine what 2015 has in store.
The view from our hotel room.
Last weekend, S and I stepped into a post card in the French town of Ribeavillé, just a quick 2.5 hour drive from Mainz through the gorgeous French countryside. The views along the way and the town itself made every minute in the car well worth it. Stepping into Ribeauvillé is like stepping back in time into a sleepy French village of small half-timbered buildings where the only things to do are enjoy delicious French meals, sip the local wine varietals, smell the fresh air, and hike the Vosges to breathtaking views and century-old castles. This town is pure relaxation as it makes you forget that things like office buildings, bank accounts, and traffic jams exist. At the Wymann and Jean Sipp tasting rooms, we tried several Rieslings and Gewürztraminers — some dry, some sweet, and some really sweet. We also found some amazing Pinot Noir at the little shop for Domaine du Moulin de Dusenbach.