Saturday, November 13, 2010

Strasbourg, France

Funky hotel room

Strasbourg Cathedral, or the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg

Rick and Dorcas

Pack of wild Polar Bears

Impersonation of Charlton Heston

Gingerbread factory

Friday, November 12, 2010

Black Forest - Germany

This hat makes Rick look really smart

The Bollenhut is a ladies' hat topped with pom-poms and has been part of the traditional costume worn by women in three neighbouring Black Forest villages (Gutach, Kirnbach, and Reichenbach) since around 1750. Young unmarried girls wear hats with red "pompoms" (hmmmm) and married women hats with black ones. Traditional costumes are still worn today on certain public holidays and in processions and folkloric events in many places in the Black Forest.

Shop in Triberg

Another shop in Triberg

Hotel in Triberg

Annette's tall friend

Where we bought a Black Forest ham in Triberg. We also got some Black Forest Cake and Black Forest Gummy Bears. We did not buy a cuckoo clock.

"Germany's Highest Waterfall"

Germany's highest waterfalls have an overall drop of 163 metres over 7 cascades.

Annette performing an ancient German Black Forest trail dance ritual


Clock Museum in Triberg

Valley in the Black Forest

Cool way they make beds here

Storefront in Baden-Baden

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Trier, Germany

Founded by the Romans in 15 BC, Trier is the oldest town in Germany and some say the oldest north of the Alps. The Porta Nigra ("Black Gate") is the dominant landmark of the city, dating to the second century.

Main Market

Amazing flower arrangements at a great price!

Annette in a sea of advent calendars.

St. Peter's Cathedral, the oldest Christian church in Germany.

Porta Nigra