Trip Start Feb 20, 2006
52Trip End Feb 18, 2007
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on thursday we caught the train down to triburg in the black forest to check out some cuckoo clocks and squirrels. triburg also has germany's highest waterfalls, which were very pretty splashing down in the middle of the beautiful forest setting, but at about 160m high aren't actually all that huge ;) had a wander around triburg, but much to my disappointment did not see any squirrels :( i did however get to eat black forest cake in the black forest, which was great
after triburg we headed to baden baden, a spa town with hot springs. spent an amazing afternoon lazing around in the hot pools outside in the freezing cold air. bikinis in germany in december - unexpected!
when we got back to karlsruhe i had my first taste of german christmas markets. so crowded! but wonderful - in the centre of the town they have set up all these little stalls, all decorated with christmas trees and decorations and selling food and decorations. the whole town appeared to be there, hanging out and drinking hot wine.
on friday we headed to heidleberg to check out the town, its castle and its christmas markets! its such a pretty little town, and the castle is right at the top of a huge great hill overlooking it all. at the christmas markets i got to feed donkies! :)
saturday we were off to visit alex's little town of tubingen, but first we stopped off at esslington to check out more christmas markets (i LOVE christmas markets!) these were the best so far, with a christmas section and a medieval market section, complete with people dressed up and selling armour
spent the next day wandering around tubingen, visiting such cultural highlights as alex's local gypsy camp, complete with livestock and cool little train carriage houses :) went into the town centre as well, and had a wander around the castle, where i finally got to see REAL LIVE SQUIRRELS!!! there were two of them, they were red, and SO COOL. i have included photos. its kind of like 'where's wally' though... i'm sure the squirrels are in there somewhere... also saw a bunny. very cool castle ;)