Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bicycle riding on a car-free road

Last week end we went the second time to "Pfalz" - about 2 hours from Stuttgart in car. Every last sunday in August the "Deutsche Weinstra├če" (German Wine Road) will be closed for cars on 80 km from 10 am to 6 pm. Lots of people take advantage of this fact by going on tour with bicycles, inline skates, wheel chairs or even on foot. It is more a social than a sportive event - sometimes you will find crowded streets, especially in the center of the towns. Every few meters there will be stands with food, wine, music, bicycle repair items and other stuff. It is a great collective event and highly recommendable. In Pfalz people don't drink quarters of wine like we do in Baden-W├╝rttemberg, they drink "Schoppen" im "Dubbeglas" (= Tupfenglas/ Spot Glas) which holds a quantity of half a liter. The "Schorle" (usually 1 half wine and 1 half water) tends to be at least 3 quarters of wine with just a litte space left for a splash of water. Specialities to eat are "Saumagen"- stuffed pork stomach, potato soup with plum tart (yes, they eat them in one course), liver dumplings and many more.

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