Monday, October 12, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!! and Day Trip to Villingen-Schwennningen

 

I am grateful for this view

This Thanksgiving may be quite different for those of you in Canada if it is not possible to get family and friends together. My hope for you is that you stay safe and enjoy perhaps a smaller turkey.

Christoph drove us on a day trip into and to the edge of the Black Forest to Villingen-Schwenningen, (say that three times fast!) about an hour and half from Freiburg. 




Munster church, it's steel doors had raised Carnival figures on it.

The two towns were merged as an area but remain individual.

The drive was beautiful through the forest and canyon. Villingen is a charming town with painted murals on the fronts of the buildings, four entry gates at the corners of the town. It was a grey day but I found the town absolutely charming!



The Carnival or Fastnacht is celebrated, hence many statues honour it. You can read more about it here https://www.wt-vs.de/de/tourismus/geschichte-und-brauchtum/fasnet.html


And here https://www.villingen-schwenningen.de/tourismus/ueberblick/fasnet-in-villingen-und-schwenningen.html


Carnival fountain

Images on all sides depicting life.

You know I like doors!

We lunched at a Swabian restaurant called Wirtschaft Sudhaus, Villingen am M√ľnster which is run by an Italian family in a former brewery with the copper fixings still there. Food and service were excellent, but we didn’t get one of the unique tables that are housed in gigantic wine barrels. 


On a personal note I've had a cataract operation on one eye and the other will be done this week. It is a clinic that specializes in eye operations recommended to me by my trusted Optician. 

The procedure is fast, painless and efficient. Self administration of the drops is not always so efficient, takes a bit of technique and getting used to.


Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families! Yes, I will write about Switzerland soon.


Cheers, Bev and Lexi Cat




Sunday, September 20, 2020

Comar, France

 Ryan, Angela and I started our three week "summer vacation" in Colmar, France for four days before heading to Switzerland. Here are some pictures with comments.


We had a really good lunch here of Tunisian food.







According to Ryan and Angela this is a Bev sized door, hmph!

Efficiency!


This is where we stayed, very old building on surprising noisy pedestrian street.

  • All for now, Cheers, Bev



Sunday, September 13, 2020

Thann and Eguisheim, France

Christoph knows the Alsace region of France well so he took us on a drive through the area with the destination being Thann. We lunched at Le Caseus which is a smallish restaurant with good food and then wandered through town, as we tend to do. As said before lunchtimes in France and Germany are strictly between 12:00 and 2:00 so lunching on arrival is usually first before exploration. 











Stopped at a family run winery to sample Alsace wines called Nicollet.



Eguisheim is often compared to the German city of Riquewihr which is also a tourist destination for many. Christoph likes Eguisheim better and since it was on the way back to Freiburg we stopped in for a cold drink, as it was a very hot day. Eguisheim continually gets voted the "One of the most beautiful villages in France".






We will stop in Colmar, France for four days before going into Switzerland.

Cheers, Bev

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Baden-Baden - The Famous Spa Town

 Baden-Baden is a (or was) a ritzy town about an hour's drive north of Freiburg. Honestly, it resembles an older era but still viable. The richy rich have moved on, however the casinos and spas are still active although less so of course in the current situation. First off we took the vernacular up to the top of the mountain to watch para-sailors get ready and glide off the mountain. Then a walk through town which is divided by a stream. The town naturally has many fountains and statues.  












Baden-Baden is worth a visit in my opinion, there are many art deco style buildings and the older opulence is still evident.

Cheers, Bev

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Short Day Trips for lunch

Ryan and Angela and I took a couple of short trips into the countryside outside Freiburg for lunch. 

Restaurant Zum Adler in Burkheim, here are some pictures. You may recognize some of the buildings, I've been there before but it is a very pretty village, always worth a revisit. 







A beer garden that has existed for years, here are pictures and the history in the link. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riegeler_Brauerei






We also went to Baden-Baden, next post, and another day trip with Christoph to Thann, France before leaving for Switzerland.

Cheers, and more to come, Bev