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Wandering Through A Mountain Village in the Black Forest

I adore Germany in the summer. Hot, sunny days punctuated by cool, rainy ones, over and over again. It’s like getting the best of every season, sometimes all in one day.

I love the cold rainy days because they give the best excuse to stay indoors and watch old movies and eat homemade cream cake, or play games whilst devouring far too much German chocolate.

But I also love the sunshiny days, for that’s when the colors of Germany come out to play.

Nearly every home is festooned with bright red and pink geraniums, spilling over from window boxes and along balconies.

This time of year the orchards are in full glory, the tree limbs laden with apples, pears and walnuts almost ready to be picked and turned into preserves, liqueurs, and all manner of scrumptious desserts like strudel with vanilla sauce. Mmm, I’m hungry just thinking about it!

Once upon a time these hills were covered in dense woods, hence the name Black Forest. But nowadays there are great open swathes of lush mountain meadow, almost lime green in the summer sun.

I love wandering through villages like Bühlertal, admiring their flourishing vegetable patches and tidy stacks of firewood ready for the long, cold winter ahead.

Looking out over the valley I’m delighted by the many red-tiled roofs looking so striking against the backdrop of vibrant green hills and bright blue sky.

Hoofing it up and down these steep hills can be exhausting, but I think the views are well worth it.

What is your favorite time of year where you live?

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Yellowsunset100 - I was in Germany for 10 months on an exchange program and enjoyed it so much! Summer there is beautiful! There’s a feeling of everyone being happy, eating icecream, sitting in the sun (in your underwear which you can’t do here in Australia because someone will report you to the police), having BBQs, eating watermelon. Ah I miss it. During Summer there I went hiking in Austria, in a spot just over the border. It was the most beautiful place I have ever been to. So different to Australia where everything is DEAD in summer. There were wild flowers everywhere, cute little houses (like in your photos here) and sun! 🙂 I really want to go there agin:)
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A Canadian Foodie - I felt like I was right there with you. It is your site that prompted me to reorganize mine last year and increase the real estate for the photos – mine are now MUCH bigger than they were – but still – not this lovely
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Krista - I would love that so much, Hila! Wouldn’t we have a grand time talking and photographing as we explore? 🙂

Krista - Thank you, Andrea. 🙂 It made me a little sad too, but the meadows are few and far between, so it’s not so bad. 🙂

hila - wow, I’m just speechless! what I would give to join you there. I’ll have to settle with soaking in the beauty of these images.

Andrea and John - These photos are beautiful! I’m a little disappointed, though, that the Black Forest has been cut down in places…

Krista - I’m crazy like that too, Andi. 🙂 LOVE hot sunshine but oh how happy I get when fall arrives. 🙂

Krista - I think Bavaria isn’t too far away, Vanessa, though I’m not exactly sure how far. 🙂 Yes, it IS like a fairytale, and I feel so very lucky. 🙂

Krista - I think it is too, Linda! I’ve traveled the length and breadth of Germany and this is my favorite bit for sure. 🙂

Andi Perullo - Wow, sooo beautiful!  I prefer hot weather, having said that I think fall is my favorite season!!!

Vanessa@Luxuria - Wow! How utterly gorgeous. It reminds me of the summer I spent in Bavaria (is that near the Black Forest?)
It looked exactly the same; like scenery from a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. How lucky you are to be amongst
such natural beauty.

LindyLouMac in Italy - I think the Black forest is one of the prettiest regions of Germany, it certainly looks stunning in your photos. Although we are much further south our Walnuts are still not quite ready for harvest.
Thankyou for your lovely comment on my last post. 🙂

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