Here’s hoping for a few more nice fall days in the forest…
Hiking down from the Tegernseer Hütte couldn’t have looked more different than the hike up. For one thing, we could see. The whole uphill hike had been through a rainy mist, so when this day dawned perfectly clear, it was a most welcome change. Lingering in the sun on the way down is important for soaking up as much vitamin D as possible before winter sets in!
Not into walking uphill for extended periods of time? No worries, even in Bavaria you can find nice flat places… just follow the rivers. For example, here’s the Isar flowing through Mittenwald.
Note to self: do not flip through pictures of the Italian coast when you have no major vacation plans in sight. It hurts.
Saturdays this time of year tend to be rather loud. Every weekend, you can hear car horns honking randomly as caravans of wedding guests drive through the countryside en route from churches to the reception venues. But every once in a while, you can catch one of these party places empty. If one must go to church, why not go to one with its own defensive wall?
It’s hard to imagine after spending this sunny Sunday in the garden, but this May Day was so chilly that we had to go get soup afterwards. The soup was delicious (French Onion, if you’re curious), but I’m okay with BBQ weather for the foreseeable future.
Saturday marked the return of the Volksfest here in Nürnberg. The spring version heralds the return of warmer weather (hopefully) as well as the opening of the festival season in the surrounding area. We don’t always get a chance to go, but I do enjoy the signs of it around town… from the flags on the buses and trams to the wafting scents of roasted almonds. One piece of advice if you do go… just avoid the Tucher. Any other beer is a better choice!
A new year, a new round of Sunday pictures. And on an incredibly gray day in Franconia, which was preceded by several more gray days, I am in dire need of blue sky… or at least the ability to look at some, somewhere.
When a lake is as picturesque as the Weitsee…
Sunday Snapshots becomes a two-picture affair.
The first time we visited Reit im Winkl was more or less out of desperation. Since then, it’s become one of my favorite easy weekend escapes. If you want a chance of a day like this though, you had best go early in November. I just checked the village webcams and it is looking distinctly white these days…
What’s that? You thought we were done with festivals? Never!
This Ferris Wheel may look slightly questionable, but have no fear. This picture was taken during the set up phase for the Michaelis-Kirchweih in Fürth. When it’s fully assembled, it looks much more reliable than this. And if you’re in the region, you can see it in action from this weekend until October 11th.
The Michaelis-Kirchweih is somewhat unique to other festivals of its size, as it takes place all throughout the city center of Fürth rather than on a dedicated festival ground. It’s incredibly popular with the locals, who will defend its superiority to other nearby festivals (see: Nürnberg’s Volksfest, the Oktoberfest, or the Erlangen Bergkirchweih), with an almost religious fervor. But, to be fair, the good people of Fürth get that way about a lot of things… never bring up the Fürth/Nürnberg football rivalry unless you have a good amount of time on your hands.
More info here (in German): Michaelis Kirchweih