I don’t know what it is about Christmas that makes people think we need a million more varieties of artisanal soap than we buy at any other time of the year, but here we are. They do add nice pops of color to the stands though.
I don’t know how long it’s been since we took a weekend drive out to the Franconian Switzerland. There hasn’t been much time for it this year, but it’s always a good choice for a day when we don’t really know what else to do with ourselves.
Portal to what? That I cannot say. Go to Bamberg, have a look around, and feel free to let me know!
A peaceful scene on a sweltering day near Kelheim. I haven’t been to Kloster Weltenburg since this day… should probably go back there and do a quality check on the beer.
At first I almost thought that this gate was covered in feathers for some reason, but no… just incredibly ornate. Würzburg has its moments.
Contrary to today’s photo, I spent most of today outside in the sun. A walk/jog was followed by several hours sitting in the garden and reading. The thought of snow is behind us for at least a few months, and I am one hundred percent okay with that.
February is not known for being the sunniest month around these parts. Indeed, that was the case on the day that my sister and I took a day trip to Bamberg. We were still able to find a fair few scenic corners, but a little sun would have improved the situation!
I love that even the fountains in Munich’s lovely Viktualienmarkt get extra seasonal decorations. On a gray November day, every extra bit of color helps!
If Oktoberfest seems more chaotic or rowdy than your taste, consider coming to the fair city of Nürnberg this month. From the 14th until the 25th of September, the Altstadtfest will be taking place, primarily on the Insel Schütt right in the center of town. There you can find all sorts of delicious brews from around Franconia, as well as some traditional cuisine. A word of warning… the menus do tend to be written in Franconian dialect, so if you don’t know what something is, ask the waiter or a neighbor! I once wound up with jellied meat, so… yeah, it can be dangerous. After you’re all fueled up, head to the Hauptmarkt, where you’re find the fall market for all your random kitchen appliance and basket needs. Oh, and more beer and sausage, of course.
Want more info on the Altstadtfest? Course you do!
Altstadtfest Nürnberg (site only in German)
Though here it looks peaceful, don’t trust the water at Schloss Hellbrunn in Salzburg. There’s a reason it’s famous for its trick fountains, and that means that the chances of you leaving the tour dry are slim to none.