I took the following pictures of some of the places we visited during those days after my birthday. The first Gasthaus we went to was the Kreuz on the Streitberg, on the summit above Ettenheimmünster. We "girls" went out for the evening. The food was excellent and plentiful as always at that Gasthaus.
The following day, the three of us, along with Hans, headed to the Deutscher Hof where we usually go every couple weeks. Lots of conversation and tales told. Below, the three of us with the Wirtin, Ruth (standing behind the bar). The lady on the left is Barbara, one of the regular group.
The next day we three ladies headed out for a drive through Freiamt, one of my favourite destinations. Freiamt comprises a number of small villages and hamlets, beautiful countryside and some great Gasthäuser. We stopped at two with a short visit at another.
First stop: The Ludinmühle in Brettental. In the 1970s my late husband and his colleagues from 5 AMU, along with we wives, dined there several times. In the 1980s Hans, friends and I had dinner there and enjoyed it very much. It was known for the Mühle (mill) inside the Gasthaus. Shortly thereafter, though, the mill was removed and so was the bar at the entrance into the dining area. We were so disappointed that we have only been back once since then to have dinner there. It has gotten pretty up-scale and as far as we are concerned it lost its Gemütlichkeit, although one can say it is beautifully decorated. It has expanded dramatically along with a huge hotel and health resort across the street from it. It is still expanding. Unlike us, many love it and you will always find it busy. On this particular day we just made a brief stop to look around a bit.
The Restaurant-Hotel below, centre. The resort is shown at the far right below. The picture at the left shows the new entrance to the restaurant, just behind Carol and Jean, with outside seating to the left of them. Just click on the pictures to enlarge them.
I then decided to show everyone a couple of places we know well and go to periodically. The first was to the Gscheid, a special small Gasthaus just outside Keppenbach, situated at the top of a hill. The lady owner is known for her decorating and the white ceramics she showcases. We were not disappointed. As it was close to Easter, that was her theme.
The picture below shows the Hawaii toast I enjoyed on a previous visit. The beer garden under the trees is to the right.
One of the Gasthäuser we visit often is the Grünen Baum in Keppenbach, just before you go up the hill to the Gscheid. Unfortuantely, that was their Ruhetag or day of closing. We then drove back towards home but stopped just 2 kilometers later at the Gasthaus Lamm in Reichenbach. We go there every so often as well. The Wirt is friendly and the food is good. Here we had lunch. This is an old Gasthaus dating back a couple of hundred years.