The Black Forest Day 1

In order to celebrate two birthdays (Lauren’s and the good ole USA’s), we planned a trip to the Schwarzwaeld, the Black Forest region of Germany, for the weekend.  The trip was supposed to take a little under 3 hours; with construction pretty much non-stop on the autobahn and despite Russ’s tendency to go 170 kph whenever he could, the trip ended up taking us over 4 hours. 

Our destination for Day 1 was Freiburg.  Freiburg was bombed during WWII, but some of the original architecture remains in the city including the massive Catholic Cathedral (Those reformative Protestants never made their way here).  We thrust ourselves into a city about 5 times the size of our little Heidenheim starting with a tour through Freiburg with an English speaking guide. 

The first thing that made us feel welcome: Freiburg is actually a sister city of Madison, Wisconsin.  It was pretty much the first time in Germany so far when we’ve been able to say, “We know that place!  We’ve been there.  We have family ties there!”  It felt good. 

From here we learned about the small little canals that run aside of the streets in Freiburg throughout the city.  The water actually flows naturally from the nearby river and is very chilly.  It circulates back into the river when it has made its course throughout the town.  We saw many kids and dogs with their feet in the canals!  Of course, Lauren just couldn’t leave Freiburg without doing the same.

            

After our tour and minute to cool-off at the hotel, we headed to Horden where we took a cable car ride up the Shauinsland Mountains.  It was a great time to go; everyone else in Germany was at home preparing for the German slaughtering of Argentina.  The ride was fun; Russ and I had a car to ourselves.  The view at the top was hazy, but we were most satistifed by the 10 degree cooler temperatures. 

On the way down we watched a Parasailer make his descent and landing, admired the many wind turbines, and enjoyed each other’s company.  We went back to the hotel to watch the remainder of the football game, went out for dinner at a local Biergarten, and listened to the crazy locals get drunk and cheer on their country for many hours afterwards.

A good day. 🙂

As always, see more pictures of day 1 on Russ’s picture website: http://rlabarca.smugmug.com/Travel/Freiburg-July-2010

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mom on July 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Love the pictures and the writing!

    Reply

  2. Posted by Irene on July 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I love the Madison mosaic! Very cool. And the cable car ride up the mountainside looks awesome, too.

    Reply

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