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Our stay at Keesman was short, just enough for a beer and the sandwich, before we made our way across the street to Mahr’s Bräu, our main destination for the evening.

If there’s a place that screams small-town Bavarian establishment and boasts everything that’s beautiful about this part of the world, Mahr’s Bräu is it. Upon entering, the warmness from the wood burning stove/fireplace filled the air, clanking glasses were abundant and the sounds of German filled the air.

The low, dark ceiling and friendly buzz makes this place an immediate favorite. Of course, things only got better after sipping on the A'U lager bier. Perhaps the best brew of the trip – not just in Bamberg, but Bavaria as a whole. The main competition for the A'U was Schenkerla’s Rauchbier.

Again, we spent the evening in conversation, listening to stories from Curt about how he and Helga met when they were 16 years old, and how Curt lost his wedding ring some years back and had it returned by an honest passer-by. He translated for Helga as she told us how after World War II, at the age of six, she was sent by the Red Cross to live in Spain for a year, only to return to Germany over a year later as a Spanish speaker, completely unable to speak German.

It was a night filled with the beauty of travel. Meeting people, admiring the local customs, the food, the beer, the scenery, the differences in cultures between the places we call home. As our time with Curt and Helga drew to a close, our goodbyes were heartfelt and warm. We said farewell to our Bavarian friends, knowing this was an experience that would stay in our memory banks.

What else was there to do... besides sit back, smile and order two more delicious beers. Prost!

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