For traveling from the Tannheimer Tal to Mülheim we had two days. Very good. As for the weekend massive traffic had been forecasted because of the start of the summer holidays in some federal states.
Nevertheless we got through very well and went quite far. Towards our old home. We went to our favorite Italian restaurant and looked for a nice sleeping place. We stopped for a short visit and went on towards Mülheim. We checked in to our holiday flat around noon. Well there have been some surprises. But I need some material for my book…
Maybe we should include this into our list. While driving around we could exclude a lot of fotopoints from our list because building were scaffolded or not accessible or not in a visually good shape etc. There were many reasons.
For all those motives that were taken into consideration we could fix the time for the foot shooting. But we learned. We really have to leave the car and have a look at the location. Then we could have saved one or two tours. But at the end of the day we saved a lot of time with this tour. We will surely try that again.
We have been very good cared for with a b that reacted very quickly and offered right away support and solutions. Though all the cooperation partners had been informed before there are still some overeager members of the staff that need to see a written allowance. Sometimes we really have something in writing though with us. This time we did not have something in writing. But we got it cleared pretty soon.
Very spontaneous activities were possible like: „Can we please go on top of the guild hall tower tomorrow evening?“ Thanks to the whole team, that mad things quickly and very flexibly possible and engaging.
Very difficult were – like always – motives with people. Those photos are legally always challenging and we prefer to work with models and according contracts. But those photos are often wished.
We had a very interesting appointment with the local press and we got a very nice article afterwards.
“Mit leichtem Gepäck durch die Welt”
lIt was striking how well twitter works in Mülheim. We got invitations through twitter, information and as mentioned, the local press learned about us on twitter. That was real fun. Please more of this in the future! By the way the hashtag is: #MHruhr
Our holiday flat had a washing machine included. We love to take advantage of that and wash as much as possible. Achim did some cooking after the necessary equipment for that had been delivered. And so it was a very nice week with no bigger highs and lows or any catastrophes.
We already stayed at the Hotel Pfeffermühle last year during our tour through Northrhine-Westfalia. As the hotel has changed some things and is working on a new website it was time for new and professional photos. Some room categories had to be photographed but also the meeting rooms and the rooms for festivities.
Though our pdf-document about preparing for the photo-shoot mostly is not read or if it is read the things that are listed there are disregarded everything worked out fine this time. Thanks to perfect preparations photo shoots could begin right away and decisions could be taken and arrangements made. So there still was some time for some culinary photos. The ice cream here is home made as well as the pasta and even the salmon is smoked here.
For myself there was not much to do here as a twitter live report about a hotel photo shoot for about a week gets a bit boring after one day. And a blogpost was not asked for. So I could do some other things that had to be done and can be called office work. Like scanning business cards and file contacts from trade shows. And I had to clear some bureaucratic questions. Only the feed back records with photo documentations about the hotel had to be done. It is always the small things that stand out. Wait for my book!
But there was also a moment of shock. During a thunder storm a lightning struck the building. It was very loud. Fortunately our equipment did not suffer. Only the WIFI was gone for one day. Which is bad for us but good, that nothing more has happened.
I sent out some thing via mail and so we had a spontaneous meeting with Gerlinde who found the name for our car ‚Matilda‘. Gerlinde just was in Siegen when her husband received our package at home. So she dropped by and we used the chance and baptized Matilda in the right way. Spontaneous ideas are mostly the best.
Right after Hotel zur Post in Bonn-Beuel we stayed a while at the area because we had no further booking.
As I broke of a small part of a tooth we first went to see a dentist. Of course on Mondays you don't get an appointment but two days later I got two brand new fillings. But one thing after the other:
First we took some nice photos from Matilda – our waltzing vehicle – in Büllesfeld. We also made the pictures from Petervan there.
We have also been to a very interesting event: MEETCologne. A lot of convention organizers and event hosts were present and we met some people again that we knew from other events. We learned a lot about some regions. There were quite new things and surprising information. We also took many ideas, contacts and small presents with us. It has been a very nice evening in a beautiful sourrounding and the food was good, too.
We also took some photos of a new product from an old school friend of Achim: Tobi Hoff from LAC Labs. Dann haben wir noch für einen alten Schulkollegen von Achim, Tobi Hoff von LAC Labs . We had so much fun. Unfortunately there is no video from the making of especially from the part where it came to ‘making rain'. You would lough your head off. It was wet and fun anyway. But the results are presentable, right?
We visited again our parents and then we travelled towards the Vinocamp.
For week 95 and 96 we directly stayed in Bonn.
Hotel zur Post in Bonn-Beuel is a family run hotel in the fifth generation and needed urgently new hotel photos. During the last years they have invested a lot into new rooms and meeting rooms. So there was enough to photograph to show the different type of rooms and the event rooms in different situations after the renovation. Nice, isn't it?
We have stayed in the apartment house and very much enjoyed to go to the river Rhine after the photo shoots and to collect shells. Yes, there are shells in the Rhine. We also enjoyed sunsets, visited to public book shelf and had some ice creams. It's spring time!
We also went into the kitchen of the restaurant and learned how to make potato fritter. And we documented another traditional dish: beef olives with red cabbage and dumplings.
Additionally we had a social media consultation hour and did a comprehensive evaluation of the hotel and the restaurant.
We held a session about being a digital nomad at the ‘Webmontag Bonn‘ and we met a lot of people. Old school friends of Achim and a band colleague and a fellow student and his godchildren and our parents of course and his brother and colleagues that we have met at bar camps and my ex boss. Our week has been full of appointments and meetings. Great events. Somehow we have to get more of that also at other locations. Anybody got an idea?
I cared about my shoulders and went to see another therapist in Bonn. And then we discovered the Vinocamp in Rhine-Hesse. We are very much looking forward to it. A full weekend all about wine… We will report.
Here you can see the two weeks on twitter.
Now we have some time free of bookings and will work on some projects that are in our minds for quite some time now and that are waiting to be put into action. But of course you can book us if you like…
At the Hotel zur Post Füllenbach they like to cook rhenish inbetween. Amongst others they serve beef olives with red cabbage and dumplings.
You need for the beef olive: Beef, bacon, onions, gherkin, mustard, salt and pepper.
Cut thin slices from the meat.
Beat carefully so that the slices are flat.
Cut the onions.
Cut the gherkin in halves.
Salt and pepper the meat
Put some mustard on it
Put the bacon on it
Put some onions on one end
Add some gherkins
And roll tightly
Fix with a toothpick
Heat oil in a big pot
Sear the beef olives
Don't turn them too early. They need some colour.
Cut root vegetables into peaces
And add it to the beef olives
Let it all roast
Add some tomato purée
Mix it all
Deglaze with some red wine
Let it cook
And stew everything for about two hours
Preparation Red Cabbage
Meanwhile you can prepare the red cabbage. You need red cabbage.
Cut the red cabbage in half
Cut it in quarters and cut out the stem.
Cut into fine slices
You could also use a cabbage grate.
Then you need apart from the red cabbage: Onions, apples, vinegar, red wine, sugar, salz, pepper and lingonberries.
Heat some oil in a big pot and roast the onions and the red cabbage.
Add bay leef.
And add some cloves
Add some vinegar
And some sugar
Deglaze with some red wine
Add some water
And let it all stew together for about an hour
Shortly before serving add the apples
Cut out the apple core
Peel the apples
And cut into peaces
Add the peaces to the red cabbage
And let them cook shortly
Add some lingonberries
Meanwhile the beef olives can be taken out of the pot.
Keep them warm
Pass the sauce through a sieve
Purée the vegetables
And then you can start to plate it
Add the dumplings. And… Ready! We will explain another time how to make dumplings.
How do you make beef olives?
Write your variation as a comment. We are looking forward to it.