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Sep 26, 2017 - Black Forest, Freiburg, Triberg

Today we discovered Germanys Black Forest, an ancient wood whose dark name belies the splendor of its rushing streams and the peace of its hushed groves. Our morning drive along the Black Forest was serene and peaceful, as the morning fog and dew began to lift, revealing the beautiful Fall colors of the forest itself. We first stopped in Triberg, birthplace of the cuckoo clock, visiting Schwarzwaldmuseum, a gallery housing local art, crafts, an depictions of life in this corner of Germany over the centuries. Then we traveled to Freiburg,...

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Oct 1, 2015 - Freiburg, Germany

Today, we left Switzerland and headed back to Robert and Leah's in Queidersbach, Germany. We stopped in Freiburg along the way, because it was on a list of top 10 cities to see in Europe. We got lucky and parked in lot that was centrally located to the cathedral. We found out someone either hated women or had a strange sense of humor when building this cathedral. On one of the spires is a woman bent over it. When it rains the water runs through her.....I'm sure you guessed it! They had the local markets set up until 1:30, so we went...

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Jul 9, 2013 - Freiburg

Today we headed into Freiburg. The Old town was founded in 1091. A large proportion of the town was destroyed in WWII. The main focus is the Munster built out of the local red stone which was started in 1200 and took four hundred years to build. It was difficult to appreciate it properly because it was currently being restored. It had a very dark inside but some lovely original stained glass windows. Outside the Munsterplatz was crowded not only with its daily market but also with a recent wine festival hospitality tents so it was difficult...

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Jul 7, 2013 - Changing Base

Today we changed base from near Baden-Baden to near Freiburg in the southern Black Forest. We had contacted them via phone (not internet which we preferred) with the aid of the receptionist at our last place who spoke English and German to make sure they could take our “big baby” and we had been assured they could. We got to the stellplatz and found a place had been reserved for us but it was too small for us even overhanging at the back we would have been overhanging by three of four feet into the road. It also sloped quite badly. We...

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Jul 19, 2012 - Freiburg, Germany

[Fry-bourg] - surrounded by forests; filled with 30,000 students and many environ-mentally aware people; has more bikers and hikers than cars. Its streets are laced with ancient tiny canals (like ditches) for fire protection. It has silent and efficient trams running everywhere! Ivan used our Rick Steves walking tour map to do his own tour today while I stayed with our group and local guide to see the ditches [Bachle], two lovely town halls, and the impressive red sandstone cathedral (munster). Scaffolding is always somewhere on all...

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May 11, 2012 - Freiburg/Black Forest

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND I will write about our experiences in Freiburg and the Black Forest soon, but for some general information, here are some exerts from the Lonely Planet – Germany chapter on Baden-Wurttemburg: The Southern Black Forest is like a landscape painting come to life. Tucked between the folds of vividly green valleys are wood- shingled farmhouses silhouetted by hazy hills that ripple off into a watercolour distance. Add cow grazed meadows; forests bristling with fir and pine trees and gemstone lakes to the canvas and you’re...

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May 8, 2012 - Freiburg, Germany

May 8 - Freiburg; into Switzerland We enjoyed our Freiburg, Germany, tour this morning. Unlike Heidelberg this city was heavily damaged in WWII but carefully restored to resemble most of the original buildings. We learned that this city has 6 km of water-filled ditches running in each street of the old city area. It was and is source of water to clean the streets and put out building fires. Many sidewalks are artistically and painstakingly made from split cobblestones carefully laid down in special patterns. As we approached the border...

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May 7, 2012 - Black Forest

May 7 – Black Forest to Freiburg, Germany We traveled through some charming German villages today. One had a lot of beautiful rhododendrons in bloom. In fact we are enjoying Spring flowers and foliage all along our route. The Black Forest is not as dark with pine trees as we expected. It's a lovely combination of deciduous and pines and they don't hug the road as I expected. No old growth left any more. Ivan said the forest reminded him of the Appalachians in the U.S. We stopped at an open air museum of transplanted Black Forest homes,...

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May 1, 2012 - Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, CH (Switzerland) Skipped breakfast and started out for the day. Bought 2 twenty-four hour bus passes and punched them at the bus stop in front of our hotel only to wait 30 minutes for a bus that never came. Turns out May 1st is a big holiday here and there was a huge political protest march downtown that must have blocked some of the bus routes. We gave up and walked down to the train station where Rick Steves' guided walk was to start. Amazed at the size and noise of the march - thousands with banners and flags and some vehicles....

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Dec 7, 2010 - On the road to Germany, Freiburg im Breisgau

Today we say goodbye to Switzerland and say hello to Germany. We woke to an absolutely glorious day - clear skies, bright sunshine, crisp cold air. It promised to be one of our better driving days. As we climbed higher away from Lucerne towards Basel (and the border), the roads became enveloped in thick fog, and there was evidence of thick snow falls on the slopes. Soon we were nearing Basel and the border crossing. We felt for sure that the German crossing guards would pull us over to at least inspect and stamp our passports - no such...

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Dec 7, 2010 - On ther road to Germany, Freigurg im Breisgau

Today we say goodbye to Switzerland and say hello to Germany. We woke to an absolutely glorious day - clear skies, bright sunshine, crisp cold air. It promised to be one of our better driving days. As we climbed higher away from Lucerne towards Basel (and the border), the roads became enveloped in thick fog, and there was evidence of thick snow falls on the slopes. Soon we were nearing Basel and the border crossing. We felt for sure that the German crossing guards would pull us over to at least inspect and stamp our passports - no such...

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Aug 3, 2010 - Arrival in Zurich

The flight to Zurich was great and we arrived to find all of our luggage waiting for us. The French Peugeot long term rental car was also perfectly delivered to the airport, and the windsurfer which had been shipped a few days before was also where we expected to find it at the cargo terminal. Cousin Karo had very nicely come to pick us up from Freiburg, and we drove in convoy back to her place. We got into Freiburg and put the majority of the luggage into Karo’s storage. Then everyone had a nap, followed by a nice walk through the city, a...

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