Friday, March 11, 2011

Coffee and Church

Coffee and church. Two things you can be guaranteed to find no matter where you are in Germany.  

A few weeks ago when my husband was having his battle with blindness...not literally of course, but his eyes were really bothering him and he couldn't see very well so we were going from appointment to appointment trying to figure out what was was just a few scratches on his eyeball.  Nothing too serious, but definitely not comfortable for him.

Anyway, one of the doctors we visited was in a little town about 30 minutes northwest of us called Landau.  Luis' agent's wife, Melanie, had made the appointment for him and had come along with us to make sure everything went okay.  She is seriously our German Guardian Angel. I don't know what we would do without her. 

After the appointment we thought it would be nice to have some coffee.  We looked around a bit for a place to sit down and stumbled across this adorable little place.

Cafe Parezzo

It is not your typical German coffee shop.  Most coffee shops are either bakeries or Konditoreien aka cake shops.  While coffee is most definitely an important part of their business, they don't have the same feel of a coffee shop.  

There really is nothing like a good coffee shop where you can sit, relax, read and there really isn't a whole lot of that going on in Germany. There are a few here and there, and of course Starbucks, albeit not on every corner, but overall, the coffee shop is a relatively new, developing idea here.  

That's why, when we discovered Cafe Parezzo, we were stoked.  They had so many creative varieties and flavors of lattes, cappuccinos, espressos.  And they have a-ma-zing fancy little treats to go with your fancy cup-o-joe. 

Luis ordered an eclair (seen on the left) and it was incredible.  We didn't get to explore much of Landau, but this coffee shop alone warrants another trip in the near future.  

Oooh and they have a wide variety of coffees from all over the world that they roast in house. 

There were more treats on this side of the shop as well.  Pretty little chocolates and truffles.  

And, of course, I can't forget the close up of this fancy coffee machine.  

The owner made sure I took a picture with his "baby" front and center.  He was quite proud.

Landau also happens to be in close proximity to Speyer, home of der Kaiserdom zu Speyer.  Der Kaiserdom, also called the Dom, is a very large Roman Catholic church, hence the other half of this post's title.  
It is a rather impressive structure.  I had to walk quite a bit just to get far enough away to get the face of the church in my camera's frame.  And it was impossible to get a full view shot of the side.

The church is under construction at the moment, so we, unfortunately, could not go inside.

That little person walking by the church is Luis.  He looks so tiny!  

According to Wikipedia, the Dom is a part of UNESCO's World Heritage List of culturally important sites as "a major monument of Romanesque art in the German Empire".

I'm not sure how Romanesque this guy is though.  He's sitting in the garden surrounding the church.

 And how creepy looking is he?  An ugly spider jungle gym doesn't exactly say "Hey I'm fun, come play on me" does it? And it definitely seems out of place with a beautiful medieval church.    

Apart from the spider, the rest of the garden was very serene.

We enjoyed a little walk.  Sat on the bench for a while.  

Then Luis told me it was time to go.  So I stuck my tongue out at him.  Okay, maybe he didn't say that.  I may have just stuck my tongue out at him for no good reason at all.  Just for fun.  I might have done that. 

I hope you get to enjoy a little coffee and church this weekend.  One that's open of course.  And free of creepy spiders. Maybe even coffee at church. Yep, do that, enjoy a little coffee at church.  Now that's the way to finish a weekend/start a week depending on how you look at it.  

Happy weekend!    


Carissa said... Best Blogger Tips

I wish I could click funny 10 more times!
I will indeed enjoy some coffee and church this weekend
By the way, I love your hair :)
and your face :)
both are beautiful
I love you!

Cara said... Best Blogger Tips

haha CLICK away :) I wish I could enjoy coffee and church with you. Thanks for loving my hair. And my face. They're not as lovely as yours though. :) I love you too sister!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I am ready to get on the plane and go have coffee
and one of all of the deserts. It looks so good.
The church is beautiful.
Aunt Geri

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum, I can smell the brew right now. Do they have sesame seed flavored coffee? Okay, I'll settle for hazelnut or amaretto. NB

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