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    I'm so glad you're here! My name is Krista, though my friends call me George, Phryne, Luna, FaFa, or Poppit, so take your pick. :-) I'm a wood-burning artist, goat farmer, writer and photographer of all things food, travel, and lifestyle.

    Born in Canada, raised in the USA, and shaped by my European roots, I now live on a goat farm in Queensland, Australia with my husband Bear where I celebrate anything that leads to healing, thriving, and loving.

    I look forward to getting to know you and hope we get to visit often as we share good food, great conversation, and the little things that make each of our lives worth living. :-)

Dusk in Wine Country of the Black Forest, Germany

Over the past ten years, I have spent a lot of time in Germany visiting relatives and dear friends.

I love so many things about this country: the food, the beer, the music, the people, and the absolutely stunning countryside.

One of my favorite places in Germany is the Black Forest where my dear friend Rita lives with her husband Slawik and little girl Emma.

Last year I was able to spend nearly two weeks with them, and we had such fun taking day trips up into the mountains and to neighboring villages.

One day Slawik came home early and took us for a sunset drive through acres of vineyards and up into the hills for some rather spectacular vistas.

We explored several picturesque ruined castles perched atop imposing cliffs (I’ll show you those another day), wandered along forested paths and leaned out over parapets and stone walls to peer down into the valley.

 

On one side were rolling hills looking like they were carpeted with fine lines of grapevines that curved around red-roofed villages.

 

 

On the other the hills remained covered with acres and acres of dense forest, stretching far off to the horizon.

 

 

As the sun disappeared behind those hills, we got back in our car and drove down curving mountain roads, stopping to get a closer look at the vineyards, admiring the succulent clusters of plump grapes.

 

It was the perfect ending to a beautiful day in the Black Forest.

Have you ever been to Germany? If so, what is your favorite part?




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  • Rita

    love it!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      I’m so glad, dear Rita!! :-) You always give me the best adventures. :-) XO

  • bellini

    Here in the Okanagan we grow some of the same types of grapes as they do in Germany. The Black Forest though looks much more lush and inviting.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      I didn’t know that, Val! :-) How interesting. Yes, I couldn’t get over how green it was. :-)

  • Kelley Perry

    I’ve been to Rothenburg, Frankfurt, Munich, and the Rhine River. Most of all, the Southern Part of Germany, the Black Forest is also my favorite region. This area is absolutely breathtaking. I love the green, green grass and vineyards as well. Its like the countryside has been combed through.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      What a perfect description, Kelley. :-) “Combed through” I like that. :-)

    • http://www.ulyssessrant.com/ Ulysses S. Rant

      Quite so, Kelley. The Rhineland is my favorite region, but the Black Forest is high on my list. Both regions are especially stunning in late summer or early fall.

  • thefisherlady

    what a amazes me is the feeling of italy on one side and the feeling of Canada on the other… how amazing this earth is… may we truly look after it!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Yes!! That is it exactly, @thefisherlady:disqus :-) You could stand in one place and experience two different worlds. Wonderful!! :-)

  • jenny_atasteoftravel

    I haven’t spent much time in Germany but you paint a very inviting picture. The vineyards remind me of Piemonte

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Thank you, @jenny_atasteoftravel:disqus :-) I was drawn there by the history and people and have returned again and again for the very same things, plus the beauty. :-)

  • BudgetJan

    This is such a green post. I love the grape shot and the wonderful view down to the red roofed village. Superb. Jan

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Thank you, Jan! :-) Those are my favorite shots too. :-)

  • http://www.ulyssessrant.com/ Ulysses S. Rant

    Those are stunning pics of the Black Forest, K! You’re making me get nostalgic now…

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Delighted to hear it, @UlyssesSRant:disqus :-) I figure if we can’t be there in person RIGHT NOW, then we can at least revisit through photos, right? :-)

      • http://www.ulyssessrant.com/ Ulysses S. Rant

        No doubt. Especially when those pics are as good as the ones you take…

        • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

          Aww, thanks, my friend! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/marianinaromero Maria Niña Romero Berioso

    oh jeez… I am in love with that place!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Thank you, @facebook-1634266074:disqus :-) I’m so glad you like it! :-)

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  • Katie@Cozydelicious

    So beautiful! Just look at those grapes!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Aren’t they amazing, Katie?!! :-)

  • http://inspiringtravellers.com/ Andrea and John

    This is so beautiful. I’ve only ever been to the cities and would love to spend more time in the Black Forest properly…we only got to Freiburg, which is lovely but the weather didn’t allow us to get out into nature. ~Andrea.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Freiburg is lovely, Andrea. Was it raining while you were there? Germany seems to me to either be gorgeous or ghastly when it comes to weather. :-)

  • Ayelet – All Colores

    I’ve never been to Germany, only heard how beautiful the Black Forest is. Your photos make me wonder if I need to start believing rumors, because it looks gorgeous through your lens! :)

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      You DO need to start believing the rumors, @0fc123c6eec7f205cb5913bb6aee9b4f:disqus :-) It’s even MORE beautiful than these photos can capture. :-)

  • Jeanne Horak

    Oh how stunning! I love Southern Germany – the Black Forest and Bavaria down towards Ludwig’s castles (Neuschwanstein & Linderhof) – so gorgeous! The Rhine near Koblenz is pretty spectacular too.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      I love all of those areas too, Jeanne – the very first places I went to when I took my first trip to Germany years ago. :-)