now seen what is to the east, west and south of where I am lets have a look
north to Germany or rather to the area of Germany known as the black forest.
Just as in France the wheat fields are alive with the
vibrant red of poppies and it's quite interesting to know that the farmers
in these regions consider the poppies in the same way that we consider weeds.
The route to the black forest takes us north through
Bern, past Basel and toward Mulhouse
Once past the cities the country side changes radically
to that of deep gorges. (see right).
However, once past the seemingly endless ravinves of
green the lanscape holds steady on small valleys lined with deep green pine
breaking only for the occasional river or chestnut.
To be honest this came as quite a shock as I was expecting
the black forest to be pretty much as the name suggests (big ol' forest everywhere
with an underlying darkness), but as you can see it is non the less pleasant
- just wider.
the scenery does change a little from time to time (someone builds roads in
the middles of it.)
of the interesting things about the region is that where ever you drive nowhere
appears very high but as you can see from the photo (left) that this means when
the weather arrives, it arrives in force.
Throughout the seemingly deserted landscape the are
numerous small villages the seem to have developed four or five at a time
in close proximity but then nothing for about another twenty miles.
One of the quaintest of these large villages is Titisee.
Titisee has the typical architectural look and feel of Germany but being on
a water front it has distinct differences.
of the more interesting anomilies of the local architecture are the numerous
fountains which all seem to have the same theme, dragons or water monsters
Having explored to my hearts content (because lets
face it you can only take so much architecture and dragon models before you
need to crash out/sleep) we found a little place called Todmoos.
Todmoos is a typical, small, catholic village typical
to this area. They see a fair number of tourists in the winter months but
have the place pretty much to themselves and the monks during the summer.
There are however two places in Todmoos that I would
recommend to anyone who's thinking of going there, the Wehranhof hotel (Germany
- 07674 92960) and the resturant right next door (not pictured).
reason for heartily recommending these two places is quite simple. One common
theme in europe is when you go into a shop or resturant you can expect rather
naff service, but in these very small places the service is excellent and the
resturants serve in a manner beffiting a small banquet.
of how tired I feel I never mind looking at some of the beautiful paintings
that the churches in these areas posses (ceilings)
The only other place that I have spent time in is Freibourg.
We arrived in Freibourg quite coincidentally at the
exact time that everyone was dressing up like demons in some kind of mass
German hysteria/ demon cult.
Demon cults aside it was actually an age old celebration
of fertility and the starting of the planting season (or trying to entice
spring in - or something?).
of the German demon worshippers are available upon request or if you log on
to the Interpol web site.