Hey, I LOVE visiting monasteries. There is this one not too awful far from where my Oma lives, it is called Kreuzberg, and they make their own dark beer. When you go up, you can get pigs knuckle (roasted or stewed, your choice) and wurst and sauerkraut and that dark beer, and all the gardens and dining rooms are full all the time, with everybody from hordes of leather-clad motorcycle groups to ancient grandparents. You can even buy the plain gray clay steins your beer came in, but the rule is that you have to drink your way to the bottom of yours before you are allowed to... My uncle and a buddy of his helped my girlfriend drink their way through six, as she wanted six to take home with her (six siblings in her family). . Out of respect, and also probably because it is the most socially acceptable place to fart off your meal, most folks, drunk or not, make the picturesque, not-so-easy hike up the hill to the three crosses planted at the top. The monastery is a fully functioning place, so they are closed to all visitors for a chunk of the year to do the whole monastic thing.
Originally Posted by badgergirl
And once hubby and I stayed in a converted monastery in a Bavarian Forest town for a week during the winter. We walked around and ate and drank and walked some more - the place is known for its natural beauty and fresh air.
But then I have always been attracted to spiritual centers. Each European city I visited, I made it a point to go and light a couple of candles in each cathedral/church we happened to pass. I did it last November on my trip back, as well - Marburg.
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