Tuesday, June 22, 2010

06/19 - Smoke on the water.. and fire in the Lounge....

Saturday morning, 4.5 hours of sleep.... and on the schedule for today: a boat trip from Kreuzlingen to Stein am Rhein.

The weather: Rain, rain, rain.... and.... some rain.

We all met at 8.30 am in front of the hotel and took a walk to the harbor area where our ship departed at 9.00 am. We entered the upper deck, covered by the sun roof (in this case it was a rain roof) and lit up our cigars....

Downstream the trip took us app. 2 hours and so we arrived at Stein am Rhein at 11.00 am.

The restaurant (which you can see in the pic above) is close to the pier and due to this it was only a short walk for us.... one of the few moments without any rain.

We (beside three of us) had a combination ticket for the the boat and lunch in the restaurant, where we got a menu with fish which was really good. We'd a room on our own where we could continue smoking....

Romeo y Julieta Churchill AT 1985

Smoking some parsley

Dunhill Mojito from the 80s

After the lunch we left the Rheinfels around 3 pm and walked back to the pier where we took our boat back to Kreuzlingen, this way is about 2.5. Of course it's still raining and the temperature on the upper deck was not really like it should be in the middle of June. But we'd fun and didn't give the weather a chance to make us unhappy.... and we knew that we gonna have another highlight when we're back at the Lounge.

6.30 pm: entering the Lounge, taking a seat and trying to warm up a bit.... it's been cold on the boat and the wet weather added its part to it. We ordered some food (Pizza and some stuff from a Chinese restaurant) and took our dinner to be prepared for the bottle of Veuve Cliquot and the Dow's 1997 Vintage Port which're on the schedule for this evening.
 Partagas Serie P No. 2, XV Anniversary LCDH Partagas

The Port was outstanding and to have a good partner for this beverage we cracked a box of Montecristo Robusto EL 2000. WOW!! This cigar is awesome!

Montecristo Robusto EL 2000 + Dow's Vintage 1977

The last pic shows the perfect combination.... It's simply amazing and there're no words to describe this harmony.... just try it.... if you can..... for those who didn't want Port we had some Champagne... but also for the Port lovers... hehe

After Ralf's unforgivable faux pas in the morning - he didn't bring the "agreed" rolls with ground pork - he and Alex made the so called "Nut cake agreement" which they sealed with a handshake and a big hug... we'll see if Ralf'll fulfill his promise.

The evening went on and we'd tons of fun and good converstation.... and left the Lounge at app. 1.30 to go to bed and get some sleep after a long day....