Hiltrud used her beautiful china, a gift from her German cousins. The delicate flower pattern, the plates and bowl-like saucers beautifully complemented the elegant cups. The Sumatran coffee was a perfect match for the delicious Kuchen, a subtly nutty, beautifully decorated, four layer affair. A golden colored egg liqueur completed the treat.
Almost better than the cake though was the conversation about the tradition and shared family stories of raising children and the wisdom that comes with age. Singing followed, beautiful German songs from the opera Hänsel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck. Carlo and Hiltrud sing in harmony as beautifully as many professional singers.
While we live in Prince Edward Island, Canada, for a few hours on Sunday, we had the good fortune to experience a slice of Germany, its traditions, culture and music.
Danke, Hiltrud und Carlo. You make life in PEI so much richer than we ever could have imagined.