my time in germany already seems like a distant memory… i’ve been back for 2 weeks, and i think i’ve been avoiding going through my pictures because i will wish i was back there and not here. but it’s time to accept reality, so i’m weeding through the photos and will share some highlights for the rest of the week:
on our first hike, we come across a herd of sheep, their cow (sheep?) bells clink-clanging, and then spotted the sheepherder and his dog lounging under a tree.
i wish i could remember the name of these wildflowers… i believe they are protected. (and no, they are not edelweiss!) update: thank you chloe, for identifying the flowers as gentians!
bier! hiking in the mountains for a few hours, and planning your routes based on the gasthofs (taverns) that are dotted along the trails is the best… sometimes you need a liter of bier to help you get up that mountain.
all the buildings in town had lüftlmalerei, which are frescos (usually religious themes) painted on the exterior.
there were shutters and geraniums everywhere, too.
the food sometimes looked bland & unappetizing but was actually very good. white asparagus (spargel) was in season, and it’s hugely popular in germany. many restaurants will have a full page in their menu devoted to spargel yumminess this time of year.
when i picture traditional germans in my head, i picture lederhosen and guys that look like the one above, and they still exist in bavaria. (and so do guys in lederhosen!)
we took a tram to the top of the mountain karwendel. more on that tomorrow…