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.
If there was a day to get the perfect shot of the flowers at the Würzburg’s Festung Marienberg, I think we got it. I’m sure they take pretty decent care of it, but I can’t imagine it gets much better than this.
I’m not normally one for posting pictures with people in them which makes this one an exception. Normally I shy away from portrait work, but I needed exercise in getting out of my comfort zone. This was the last shot I took on a lovely summer day, in which an equally lovely friend let me take a ridiculous amount of pictures of her as we wandered through our city center. Artsy lady days are fun days. 🙂
What’s that? You thought that once you’ve had one pretzel, you’ve pretty much had them all?
Think again my friends, think again.
Get yourselves to the nearest fest (they’re everywhere this time of year), and bring your appetite. After all, you’ll need something to soak up all those Maß.
On a different Mother’s Day three years ago, we went for lunch in this corner of the Franconian Switzerland. Today we were just down the road, and up the hill. Oddly, the weather was just as changeable.
Nothing says “summer is on its way,” more than walking up into our little town’s center to buy two scoops at our gelato shop, then strolling through this gate and around the castle gardens. It’s a bit under construction at the moment, but rumor has it that the castle will be reopening after a multi-year renovation project sometime soon!