Thursday, 5 May 2011

Baden-Wurttenburg, South west Germany

Late afternoon on 31st August 2010 we finally landed back in Europe planning to spend the next 12 days with Martin's mum and step-father. This is their place:

And the view from the terrace down towards the village that their house belongs to:

One morning we found this little fellow in our almost completely underground bathroom. And we thought we'd left uninvited house guests behind in Taiwan!!

There's a nice woodland area behind the 'holiday settlement' where mother-in-law's chalet is and we often see wildlife there (perhaps it was also the frog's real home??). I managed to snap a butterfly - no easy task!

One day we took a trip to Martin's hometown - Göppingen, where this is part of the town centre:

Sir loved the golden pretzel here:

We went to visit two lots of old friends, including the Fischers here. They have a special place in Martin's heart as, when he was a little boy and his mum was studying the Bible for the first time, Crystel here studied with Martin by reading Bible stories with him and drawing picures of them (pre-'My Book of Bible Stories'!). He still has those pictures.=)

Later on we took a walk back through town and I was interested to see that it's not just in East Asia where you can get national-style clothes! I suppose it's a novelty to a Brit as we have nothing to speak of in the way of national dress.=(

One Sunday, Martin's step-dad, Dieter, was assigned to give a talk in a Black Forest congregation. I managed to get these two photos before my camera batteries died on me!!

Oh, and for those who weren't sure, the Black Forest is not in Bavaria.....

Camera batteries replaced and here we are in one of the towns near to Deilingen (where in-laws live). This one is called Schömberg and this is the fire station:

And from the back, with the ambulance depot next door:

Lovely frescoes on walls. There are a great deal more as you go further south, but this one appealed to me.

And how about banking here??

One thing I love about southern Germany is the many coloured houses all around. This bright orange-red building is the local Chinese restaurant, 'Singapore'.

Lastly, visible from the main road on the way to Deilingen from Tübingen (where we may end up living if anything happens to Dieter and Mama needs us...) is Burg Hohenzollern, affectionately dubbed 'Udolpho' by me a long time ago (you have to be into 18th century fiction to get that one!!)

Hope you've enjoyed this little trip to south-west Germany. Next up is a short trip to Durham and Edinburgh...

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