Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Last Day

Farmers Market at Marktplatz in Stuttgart
It's the last day of this trip. We headed to Stuttgart for some shopping, including a visit to Modellbahn Center Schueler, where I spent almost as much time chatting as I did browsing the store. Very nice people, great selection. Lots of inspiration. I will be back.

Flower Market at Schiller Platz

The lunch at Alte Kanzlei was excellent. Angebratene Maultauschen mit Ei, gruener Salat, und Kartoffelsalat. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo. ... Still salivating when thinking about it, though.

On the way back to the car we took a quick peek inside Markthalle. Lots of booths with fancy foods in an architecturally interesting setting.

Another place I haven't been to before --- even though it is really close to where we live --- is Eisenbahntreffpunkt Schweikhardt in Waiblingen. The store is well known in the Stuttgart area and beyond, for good reason. I didn't remember to take a photo inside. Think of a small super market (for those of you in the U.S.: about the size of a typical Trader Joe's) and instead of rows of shelves filled with food, imagine rows of shelves filled with model railroad stuff.  Rolling stock from all major and smallish German manufacturers in scales from Z to G, the respective buildings, kits, electronics, etc. I was in sensory overload.

Next to the store there is a nice garden railroad, operated and maintained by a local Garden Railroad Club. Several trains can be run across the layout with push buttons. The layout is obviously set up for operations, would be fun to try that out at some point in time.

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