An Anniversary Dinner

Yesterday was my 25th anniversary working for Zeiss so I went out for a nice quiet anniversary dinner to celebrate.

Favorite Restaurant, Jena, Germany, Restauration StilbruchSince I am in Jena, Germany where Zeiss was founded almost 170 years ago I decided that I must eat somewhere close to where it all began.

The restaurant that I chose is within a hundred meters of the second and third workshops of Zeiss.

Favorite Restaurant, Jena, Germany, Restauration Stilbruch

Restauration Stilbruch is also one of my favorite restaurants in the world. There was really no question as to where I wanted to have my dinner.

I have been looking forward to this dinner since I first found out that I would be in Jena at this time.

Favorite Restaurant, Jena, Germany, Restauration Stilbruch

I also knew exactly what I was going to order.

I had my favorite dish called Birnen-Pfanne.

Here is the description from the menu: Schweinefleischstreifen angeschwenkt mit Birnen und Kartoffeln, gewürzt mit frischem spanischen Pfeffer (scharf!!!), mit Gouda gratiniert

For those of you who do not know much German, the name of the dish in English would be Pear Pan. The ingredients are strips of pork, pears, potatoes, Spanish peppers and Gouda cheese.

When I first started eating at Stilbruch 17 years ago the dish was also topped with hollandaise sauce.

Favorite Restaurant, Jena, Germany, Restauration Stilbruch

Of course, the food was wonderful and I had a lot of memories wander through my thoughts as I finished my meal. I have seen many changes in the restaurant through the years and enjoyed many nice meals during my visits here to Jena.

Favorite Restaurant, Jena, Germany, Restauration StilbruchAfter my wonderful dinner I then took a nice walk to where Zeiss opened his first workshop before wandering through the Christmas market.

Definitely a night full of wandering thoughts.


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Plane and Trains to Jena

Yesterday I took a plane and some trains to Jena, Germany.

Traveling to Germany is almost always a combination of the two as our offices are not close to the major airports. However, there are good train connections to both of the areas that I normally visit.United Airlines, SFO, Boeing 777, travelHere is the United 777 that I was getting ready to board. After my Stress at the Airport, it was good to finally get aboard and get settled in. Thankfully I had an empty seat by me on the long flight.

After a 90 minute delay because of the weather we were finally on the way.

I then watched a couple movies and got a bit of rest.

Frankfurt train yard, trains, train travel

After landing in Frankfurt I had to first take a train to the central station. Usually I can take a direct train to Erfurt, but I missed it by about 15 minutes.

Here you can see part of the train yard in Frankfurt with some of the different types of trains.

Erfurt, Germany, Trains, ICE, train travel

I took an ICE train to Erfurt and then had to switch to a smaller regional train for the rest of my journey.

I was not sitting where I could see the speed indicator, but once when I got up I noticed that we were traveling at 160 kilometers per hour. The trains are definitely a good alternative to driving in Germany, especially after a long flight.

German Regional Train, Erfurt, Germany

Here is the smaller regional train. They don’t move as fast, but still at a good rate of speed. I have been coming to Germany for about 20 years now and it has been interesting to see how the local trains have changed. They are much nicer now than they were 20 years ago.

The train on to Jena from Erfurt only takes about a half hour, and then it was time for one more train. I had a short walk to the street train which took me up the hill to the hotel.

Sunset, Jena, Highway, Hotel ViewI made it to the hotel in time to see a nice sunset from my hotel room. It was then time to listen in on a conference call before watching the funeral of President George H. W. Bush.

Now I am up early and am able to get this written before having breakfast and taking a walk to the office.


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