We took Cody and Scotty to the Tierhotel in the morning, where Prinz Ratibor told us they were always happy to see Cody because he gets along so well with everyone. We did most of our packing once we got back home, since we didn’t need to leave until early afternoon. Plus, Cody is starting to get really good at stressing out when he knows we are getting ready for a trip, so this way we were able to do our packing without his incessant whining.
We ate all of the leftovers in the fridge for lunch and left the house around 2 pm. This was our first road trip in the E-Class and it was quite comfortable. It was a smooth drive and, unlike last year, we ran into no traffic jams on the Autobahn. We crossed the border into
The lack of snow was painfully obvious as we headed into the mountains. Last year we saw snow almost as soon as we entered
We pulled up the steep driveway to the Hotel Maiensee just after 5 pm (remarking on how cool it is that we can drive three hours and be in the middle of the
We hung out for a while and then went down to the bar at 7:30 for complimentary drinks, which seem to be a regular thing on Saturday nights, along with the fabulous Maiensee buffet. Herr Traxl introduced all of the staff by name again. I recognized the bartender and one of the waitresses. Dinner was just as we remembered. We were seated at a cozy corner table in one of the smaller dining rooms, along with a party of six Irish guests, a German couple, and two German guys. We had cream of asparagus soup, then the awesome salad buffet, followed by the main course buffet. We had pork with a sour sauce, spareribs, rösti (shredded potatoes mixed with onion and smoked ham), and mixed veggies, accompanied by a nice bottle of Austrian Zweigelt. Then we availed ourselves of the unforgettable dessert buffet, complete with cream puffs, tiramisu, chocolate mousse, several kinds of strudel, and at least a half dozen other tempting treats. Yum!!