Adventure[s] with Riley

One of Dan’s college roommates, Riley, is over in Munich, Germany for a month on a business trip.  Lucky for us, he was able to come over to London for a weekend.  And the timing could not have been more perfect, as he arrived on the last day of Dan’s busy season!  Yay for busy season being over!

Dan lived with Riley at Hope for 3 years and has become one of his closest friends.  We miss Riley and his fiance’ Brittney SO much, as we are really close with them.  The two of them tie the knot in June this year, and we’re lucky enough to be going back to Michigan for their wedding!

We spent the weekend showing Riley around our city and all of our favourite spots.  We didn’t have much time, so it was a whirlwind tour of the London hotspots.

One interest that both Dan and Riley share strong common ground on is football.  Dan and Riley played together at Hope and they both have a passion for the sport.  Chelsea’s stadium is just a stone’s throw from our flat, so we made sure to take Riley there to buy some souvenirs!  Dan was able to surprise Riley with tickets to an English Premier League match for Saturday afternoon.  To say there were excited to get on a train and head to the match…is quite the understatement 🙂

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Saturday night we took Riley out in Soho to show him how vibrant the city is at night.  We did a mini pub crawl  and went dancing! (And of course ended the night with DONER!)

We had such an amazing weekend with Riley, we didn’t want to say goodbye.    So instead – we said “see you next weekend!” Since he is in Germany for another 2 weeks, Dan and I decided to hop on a plane and spend another weekend with him over in Germany 🙂


 

For our second weekend together, we settled on Stuttgart.  This was a bucket list weekend for the boys – and it was so fun to watch their excitement all weekend.  Nothing makes me happier than watching the smile on my husband’s face – and knowing that he was having fun with his best friend made it such a fun weekend.  Stuttgart is home to Mercedes Benz and Porsche – so we had to take advantage of that!  We started the weekend off by renting a Mercedes.  These boys were SO excited to be driving on the Autobahn!

We headed south on the A81 towards Switzerland.  Our first stop was the Hollenzollern Castle.  This was the real definition of a fairy tale castle.  It’s presence as you drive up is remarkable – it’s sitting up on the top of the snow capped mountains and you have to take this beautiful windy road up (the boys loved this, whereas I loved the view!).  This was one of my favourite castles we’ve been to yet – I loved how mid evil it was!

After the castle, we continued to make our way down south, stopping for lunch in a cute little German town along the way.  Our turnaround point was Lake Konstancz – a beautiful lake on the Swiss/German border.  This little town was magical!  Unfortunately, it was a bit rainy and grey while we were there, but I could just imagine it’s beauty in the sun.  This is definitely on my list of places to go back to in the warm sunny weather!  As we were so close, we decided to get Riley into Switzerland as he had never been before, so we popped over the border to grab some Swiss chocolate then started making our way back up to Stuttgart for the night.

To say we engaged in the German culture would be an understatement – we FULLY immersed ourselves – especially with the food and drink! We ate like “Könige und Königinnen”.  Lots of carbs 🙂

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Sunday was the day we were all waiting for – we all woke up with little grins and squeals of excitement.  Sunday = Porsche day!  We started the morning off at the Mercedes Museum which was pretty awesome.  I can’t believe how big it is, and it had a lot of history to it.  Between the three of us, we didn’t have any problems picking out our next vehicle 🙂

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Just 10 minutes away was the Porsche museum.  We wandered around the museum, but we found ourselves very anxious because it was almost rental time.  The museum was awesome – I mean some of the most beautiful cars in the world!

We ended our trip with a rental of a 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet.  This car was unbelievable.  Just pure beauty and power.  And the smiles on Dan and Riley’s face – priceless! I absolutely loved sitting in the teeny-tiny (I mean teeeeeeeeeny tinnnnnnny) back seat watching their facial expressions and hearing them giggle (like little girls) during the drive around the Autobahn.

We headed north this time on the A81 up to Heidelberg.  This little town was so cool.  Again, it’s on my list of places to go back to in the summer!  We were lucky enough to even catch the end of a pretzel parade through the town!

 

It was so hard to say goodbye to the Porsche – and goodbye to Riley.  We won’t see him again until his wedding in June when we are back in Michigan.  But it was amazing to see him 2 weekends in a row – and to be able to experience London and Germany the way we did with him.  It was quite the experience crossing off bucket list items off together.

To end, here are the videos we took in the Porsche on the Autobahn!

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