Ulm + Ina

Shane and I have had the honour of being a beautiful little red-head’s Godparents for a year now. The only problem was she was about to turn one and we’d never met her. So, the weekend before a bunch of bike craziness began, Shane and I drove five up north to Germany to see our dear friends and meet their sweet daughter, Ina.

There was way too much to do on the Friday before our drive, so we ended up booking a hotel halfway and splitting the drive in two. The hotel was super simple but really techy – we checked in online and got a code for our room. We parked underneath and caught the lift to our floor then used our code to enter. No check-in, no check-out. It was actually a really nice way to stop quickly late at night when passing through a city!

We chose a town called Ulm where we’d seen an amazing church tower on the drive back from Nurburg. First thing in the morning we wandered through the centre of Ulm to get a closer look at the amazing tower. We were pretty excited to stumble across a Saturday morning farmers market, and got to taste some great local espresso and croissants. Set beneath the ancient church tower, the Ulmer Münster (that is still the tallest in the world). It also has the largest protestant congregation in Germany!

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You can’t help it when you’re there. You just keep turning around and staring up, it’s totally amazing. Probably one of my most favourite farmers markets ever.

After wandering through the market stalls of cheese, fresh fruit, flowers, and fresh baked bread we continued on our drive north to Eva + Chris. We were greeted with a smiley but slightly overwhelmed nearly-one year old, and we spent the next two days thanking God for her life and celebrating the wonder of her being.

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And what a beauty she is.

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Eva + Chris put on a really nice picnic lunch after church, and the boys kept warm by the barbie. Even at a crazy busy time, Eva + Chris were both so relaxed and we could have stayed so much longer. Unfortunately we had to leave bright and early on Monday morning to start some pretty massive bike show adventures. We just hope it isn’t a whole year before we get to see baby Ina again.




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