Thursday 10 October 2019

False and true friends (plus Mainz Cathedral)

"Er ist so brav."

That's what the lady said in the coffee shop in Augsburg.

How nice of her to recognise my bravery, I thought, although in all honesty I didn't think I was being so very courageous, just sitting there beside Gail in a quiet corner as she drank her tea while we waited for the train to Buchloe.

But then Gail reminded me that 'brav' in German is a 'false friend' and translates in English to 'good' or 'well-behaved'.

Which of course I always am!

I'm delighted to report that we finally arrived in Buchloe late yesterday afternoon, and will now spend the next week enjoying the company of true friends.

I'm also delighted to report that the sun came out before we left Mainz and Gail and I had a lovely walk around the Altstadt. We admired the Romanesque architecture of the 1000 year old cathedral, built from beautiful red Triassic sandstone. (Buntsandstein to you geologists out there!)

PS I am not sure if a Dalmatian would be delighted to learn that in Mainz his breed is being used to help sell ladies underwear...


  1. You are too funny, Bertie☺ The 1000 year old cathedral is beautiful!

  2. Hari om
    Well, if false friends are good, what does that make true friends?!!
    That stone is luscious!!! Hugs and wags YAM-aunty xxx (from the flying 900 bus to Glasgow)

  3. It sounds like your journey is off to a good start Bertie. We can't wait to hear more about it.

  4. You are brave in our book. Keep reporting on your European trip. It is fascinating.

  5. OMDs Bertie you and Gail have done some traveling!! I'm very proud of both of you and especially that there was no reports of a WFT running down a train platform.
    Gail yay you!! This trip took lots of planning. Have a wonderful week with your friends.
    Bertie that last photo made me giggle
    Hugs Cecilia

  6. So happy the sun came out for you and you have made all your connections. We knew you'd be a hit in Germany. May the sun keep shining.

  7. Du bist auch so schoen! (Momma says that means "You're also very handsome!" in German. I'm a German breed, but I don't speak the mother tongue.)

  8. Dear Bertie,

    What an amazing adventure! New things to smell! New people to admire your good behaviour! I am glad you were not left behind this trip!


  9. How FABulous Bertie! Sounds like you and Gail are havin' tons of funs! And of COURSE you are a well behaved puppers ~ you are NOT ME! BOL!!!!
    Seriously, I am sure you are makin' Gail very proud, and are a very good traveler.
    Ruby ♥

  10. Bertie - After all that activity here's hoping that there's Schnitzel and Sauerkraut on todays menu .

  11. It looks so lovely there! What a wonderful adventure for you and your mom. My mom is a little jealous as she had to cancel her trip to Germany, so she is enjoying seeing your photos!