Visit to Germany (04-12/07/10)

Days 1 and 2: Arrival

Our first day was spent just getting to Germany and visiting George’s school friend Sanyi and his wife Ute. After an early start on day two, we made our way to Kleinostheim for a short stay and lunch with Rosemarie and Frieder. During the afternoon we started on our journey to Mannheim, where we were able to unload Rachel’s belongings and spend the evening enjoying a delicious meal that she had prepared. The next morning the three of us started out early in a southerly direction towards the Black Forest.

Day 3: Bruchsal, Freudenstadt, Freiburg, Glottertal

Our first stop was Bruchsal, an interesting town overlooked by the large Schloss Bruchsal, a palace built as a residence for the bishops of Speyer in about 1720.

Freudenstadt is a very pleasant town with a very large market place. George thinks he had the best meal of his holiday there (roast beef on top of an onion/sauerkraut stew).

The centre of Freiburg is car free but being a university town we had the impression that there was at least one cycle per inhabitant. We first made our way to the main cathedral square, where a wine festival was in full swing. Unfortunately the cathedral was being renovated and was covered in sheeting.

After a browse around Freiburg we found our way to Glottertal, where we were to spend the night. We decided to eat in the hotel and it was given the best meal seal of approval by myself.

Johann Sebastian Bach – The Goldberg Variations No. 9, BWV 988