Time for our annual trip where we pretend we are still 20 and traveling the world. This year it was Jen’s turn to pick the destination. She picked Germany because she grew up ther until she was six and has always wanted to visit again. And Lucy also had a hen do to attend in Hamburg during August so we decided to plan a a trip that took us from Munich to the beautiful Black Forest and Jen’s motherland Heidlberg before dropping and Lucy off.
We landed in a hot but moody looking Munich picked up our car and were greeted with some fellow German friends who we were staying with and who were out guides for the first few days.
We saw the city via bikes and trams as we ducked rain, walked Pippa the dog and drank a lot of beer in their beer gardens. It was so nice to be there with people who live there and experience some of the quieter more local spots in Munich, I really enjoyed a market we went to where we even found Jen’s childhood food memory Ganam Ganoodle. Which, if I’m honest we thought was a made up dish!! It was a happy time.
I did some really nice runs in Munich too, The city is quite small so I saw a lot of it in the morning sunshine and I loved running past all the river surfers before all the crowds arrive later on.
Next stop on our German road trip was a small place called Titizee in the Black Forest. I volunteered to drive the first six hour stint and we plotted the route to take is past some castles and lakes too. There was quite a lot of roadside tourism and we may have gotten lost a little bit and missed our stops…
But it was ok because we stumbled upon lakes like this where we could have a swim, sleep and sunbathe before getting back on the road.
We arrived at our home for the next two days, where we were the only english people in their 20′s. We really had come on a German family holiday. It was time for a rewarding beer after all that driving.
I ran around the whole lake the next morning and met some cows on the way round. It was hilly and my body ached a bit from driving and new terrain but new scenery is alwasy distracting and we did get a great breakfast afterwards!
And then it was time to see some more of the Black Forest. We headed out for a day of hiking and lake swimming. There was some pretty beautiful scenery.
We found this abandoned house in the middle of the Black Forest – it was all very Hansel and Gretel and a nice snack spot.
We may have gotten a bit lost on some of our hiking so we definitely walked further than planned – so once we arrived at Schluchsee we couldn’t wait for a beer and some food. But after one very large rewarding beer this being pretty much the only thing on the menu arrived for us to eat. It pretty much sums up my food experience in Germany…
The next morning we hit up the local indoor/outdoor pool for some water slides and laps in this ace setting.
Post breakfast it was lake sunbathing and reading before we rented a boat to get into the middle of it and swim some more.
Next stop was a four drive to Hedilberg to Jen’s homeland. We found some good German food, beer and explored the castle and bars.
After we had taken in the sights we found a pool where we swam and sunbathed until the last of the sun was gone.
We even went back the next morning to swim and get a couple of hours swimming and sunbathing before our drive to Frankfurt.
We dropped Lucy off at the station and parked up the car nearby, we had an afternoon to kill before our flight home. And it just so happened we had parked in Frankfurts one time grimy upcoming neighbourhood full of organic ice cream parlours, clothes shops that cost too much and the most amazing design and print studio where we spent the last of our euros on notebooks to fill.
And then it was hometime. Thank you Germany