The Schwarzwald

When I was in kindergarten one of my favorite storybook characters was Snow White. That year, before ever knowing where the Schwarzwald was, I dressed up as Snow White for Halloween. I wore a beautifully hand-sewn dress (my favorite costume that I've ever worn), and aside from my olive complexion and golden hair, I felt very much the part. Little did I know during my childhood, I would one day visit the dark forest Snow White escaped through and live near the seven hills where she was banished by the huntsman.

The Schwarzwald is a vast and dense forested area of Germany rich with culture and folklore. Sven and I were really happy exploring this beautiful setting and hiking through its forests in September. 

Schwarzwälder Schinken, or Black Forest Ham, was something I never cared to try before. But since we were in the Black Forest - I did - and to my surprise found it to be delicious, especially when sliced paper thin.

This is the Hexenloch Mill, which is located in a valley so deep, it felt as though we were driving into the pits of hell to reach it. I've heard there are some valleys in the Black Forest that never see natural sunlight.

And of course, we saw lots of coo coo clocks!

Views from Petersberg

In June my parents came to Germany and we had a wonderful time traveling around to different locations, seeing our usual favorite cities and visiting new ones.

Atop Petersberg Mountain in the Siebengebirge region is the secluded Steigenberger Grandhotel, an ideal place to have a cake and coffee while enjoying views of Drachenfels and Schloss Drachenburg. On another afternoon we took the train up to Drachenfels (which overlooks the vast forests of the Siebengibirge and the charming village of Bad Honnef) and hiked down to see the castle.

 Schloss Drachenburg  in the Siebengebirge

Schloss Drachenburg in the Siebengebirge

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 Drachenfels "Dragon's Rock" in the Siebengebirge

Drachenfels "Dragon's Rock" in the Siebengebirge

 Bad Honnef

Bad Honnef