Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Black Forest

Last weekend we took a road trip through the Black Forest hitting the cities of Freudenstadt, Triberg (unofficial capital of the kuckuck uhren or cuckoo clock), Titisee and finally, Freiburg where we stayed the night. We saw lots of cool stuff but quite frankly, the best site was the drive itself. Here are some PHOTOS from our trip.....that's right, we can finally post pictures!!!

Honestly, the camera does not do justice to the was nothing short of breathtaking.

Triberg is famous not only for the many cuckoo clock stores but it also claims the largest waterfall in all of Germany, although I read that it is not actually the largest.

We knew this was the most tourist trap of all the clock shops but something about the animated bears on the storefront compelled us to go in. A nice lady who spoke perfect English greeted us at the door....and then NEVER LEFT OUR SIDE. She would pretend to leave us alone to browse but then would appear out of nowhere around every corner. At one point, while she was stalking another helpless victim, one of the other sales people approached us and asked if we needed anything. She quickly appeared out of nowhere, said something in German to the man that I can only assume was "Back off, their MINE!" because he said not another word to us and vanished. If you happen to find yourself in Triberg at some point down the road, DO NOT go in this's creepy.

Freiburg was a cool city. We arrived kind of late so we did a little walking and stopped for coffee. One thing we spotted that left both of us wishing we had not already had dinner was a MEXICAN RESTAURANT just outside our hotel. It was quite busy and judging from appearances, looked promising. So we earmarked it for lunch on Sunday. We didn't anticipate however, that they would be serving a brunch buffet on Sunday, completely devoid of enchiladas, rice or beans. It was still good - just not the Tex-Mex fix we were hoping for.

Here are a couple of historical sites from Freiburg......

Just kidding....we have actually gotten used to seeing McDonald's and Burger King everywhere but this was just sad.

We took a little detour on our way home. Since we were already so close to the French border, we thought it would be fun. We drove across the border into Colmar for no other reason than it was the closest city on the map. We had no idea we were in the birthplace of sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi until we started seeing random pictures of the Statue of Liberty around town. Then, on our way out of town, we spotted this.....

Seems so misplaced.....and I thought our's was one-of-kind...


The Binkley Family said...

Wow! So beautiful there! I am sure the pictures don't even do it justice.

Isn't it interesting that the most prominent things that the US has provided to other countries is McDonalds and Coca Cola?

Irma Olvera said...

The pictures are beautical, it's like something you read in a book and only image seeing in person one day. Thanks for sharing them.
I'm glad to hear that you are settling in and having so much fun venturing out to new places.