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Freiburg im Breisgau

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    • Day7

      Therme Vita Classica

      October 13, 2022 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      Nach dem gestrigen Highlight haben wir uns heute einen Tag Auszeit gegönnt. Johann kauft bereits im Vorfeld online die Tageseintrittskarten und wir genießen in diese riesigen Therme, wo es sehr viele Heilwasser Becken gibt, die Saunawelt, welche sich dort über drei Stockwerke verteilt und einige Saunen zur Auswahl hat.
      Mittagsessen wir gesunden Salat und nach 19:30 Uhr begeben wir uns ins Wohnmobil um dort noch eine Runde Jolly zu spielen.
      Wir bezahlen für die Übernachtung 15.50 und pro Person Tages Karten 29.-
      Mein abends selbstgebackenes Brot enttäuscht mich, es ist nicht richtig aufgegangen ich glaube ich gehe morgen zum Bäcker frisches Brot kaufen
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    • Day22

      Katta's Geburtstag

      January 21 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

      Wir haben in Freiburg Kattas Geburtstag gefeiert. War super mal alle Freunde wieder zu sehen. Viele sind gekommen. Haben uns sehr gefreut. Auch die Familie hat ein großes Stück "Katta feiert Geburtstag" abbekommen, was viel Spass gemacht hat.
      Sind dann Richtung Schweizer Grenze aufgebrochen um von unserem "Nachzügler" Mama, Papa und den Bruder zu treffen. Da sind wir auch schon sehr gespannt. Seit gestern haben wir wieder ein bisschen Schnee bei warmen minus 5 Grad. Sehr angenehm nach der Schlammschlacht der letzten drei Wochen. Ganz ungewohnt einen sauberen Hund in die Emma zu lassen .
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    • Day46

      Freiburg, Germany

      October 6, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

      Freiburg is one of Madison's sister cities, and it sure feels familiar. It's a mid-size univeristy town with lots of bicycles, students, and charm. We arrived several hours before the check-in time at our apartment, so we locked our bags in a locker at the station. These are so convenient when day tripping or arriving early. For $5, we can drop the anchors and explore.

      It was the hottest and sunniest day of the trip since we arrived in Stockholm, so we spent it walking around the old town. It was market day, so the first stop was the large gothic cathedral, the Munster. Surrounding it on 3 sides was a weekly market full of goodies, including brat stands selling about 8 different types of sausages, including the Langer Rote, or long Freiburg sausage. When you order one, they fold it in half and put it in a roll that's wider and shorter than our traditional hot dog bun. The Munster is in pretty good shape and wasn't covered in scaffolding, like most ancient sites in Europe. Everything falls apart and Europe does a great job of preserving it's heritage, and that means scaffolding!

      In Freiburg, businesses hire an artist to make a stone mosaic in the sidewalk in front that describes the business. There's beer steins, knives, jewels, books, etc. etched out of small Rhine river stones inlaid in the larger cobblestones. Very cool. Like many German cities, this one keeps vehicles out of the city center for the most part. It's a walker's paradise. Freiburg is home to Germany's Green Movement, and we saw climate protestor's in front of the Rathaus where there are mosaics of the sister cities' emblems in the sidewalk. Near campus, we saw students carrying bowls and silverware as they headed towards a restaurant. Is that a thing?

      There are lots of sidewalk cafes and restaurants and we enjoyed a brat here, a coffee there, and even stopped into a small museum that was included on our 3 day city card, which included all transportation, museums, and a cable car to a mountain just south of town. After buying some cheese and olives at the market before it closed, we grabbed our bags and took a tram to our apartment, located just outside of the city center in a lovely neighborhood. It's chock-full of mansions, trees, parks, families on bikes, a nearby school (gymnasium) that looks like a castle, and an old cemetery.

      The balcony from our second story apartment looks down onto a small intersection that's absolutely perfect for seeing a slice of life in Freiburg. It's very family oriented and we see lots of parents with their kids on bikes, a hybrid bus goes by every fifteen minutes. There's a small fountain at the edge of 2 angled streets that draws people in to read or rest or chat with neighbors. The old cemetery a block away is like a city park. It holds tombs from the 1500's through the mid 1800's only and is an oasis of tranquility. People come here to read and rest and walk and even do tai chi. And that reminds me that this city is so QUIET. There are so few cars and many of those are electric. It's wonderful. I still reel from the thought of the noise pollution of large Asian cities, and traveling anywhere in India was the worst for that.

      We visited the Augustiner museum the next day. It houses a lot of the original stain glass and statuary from the Munster. It was well done. Lunch was at the Markethalle, an old food hall with a diverse selection of ethnic foods. We split a large fish soup that was hearty and filling for only 8 bucks. The variety of ethnic foods made us want to go back. Then it was a tram and a bus ride to the Schauinslandbahn south of town. It's the oldest cable car in the world with an enclosed cabin. On the top, we hiked on some trails, enjoyed the views, and had coffee in the sun.

      After the descent, we made our way to an Aldi Sud for some food shopping for the train tomorrow. Long train days require a picnic. There's food on board often, but it's bread heavy and I'm gluten sensitive. It's not hard to pack a picnic, and the lightweight cooler I bought before the trip is worth it's weight in gold. It fits in my day bag. If we have an apartment, I'll freeze a water bottle the night before and that cools the cheese, meat, and wine we bring for lunch the next day.

      For dinner, we went back to the Markethalle. Tonight it's Brazilian fare. I got the coconut shrimp and rice and Deanne grabbed the Fejuado, a classic rice, sausage, and bean dish. For some reason, we're craving rice and beans. We''ve learned to follow what our bodies tell us.

      On the cable car earlier, we shared the tram with a local paraglider. He commented "You must think our food is cheap." Hell yeah. Dinner for 2 with wine is regularly under $50 in classic settings. We mentioned that vegetables in stores are so cheap, about half of normal prices and 1/4 of organic prices in the states. He told us that they are subisdized by the government. Can you imagine the US government subsidizing healthy food and taxing unhealthy food? I can't.

      Afterwards, we went to the recommended wine bar on the Munsterplatz and sampled some German wines in the shadows of the cathedral at night. Tomorrow we go the Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval town known for its beauty.

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    • Day44

      The couch is my friend

      June 16, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

      I did not leave the room today. I think that’s the first on the whole trip and we are about half way in. I was feeling a bit sad and tired so I just hung out by myself while Anna and mike went out for a walk. I did make us dinner though and because of the leftover sweet and sour sauce from our Asian takeout earlier in the week it was actually a good meal! Usually we eat plain chicken!Read more

    • Day46

      A German train disaster

      June 18, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      Leaving Germany feels so weird! We had the German Airbnb’s booked so early that it seems like time is going so fast. We of course booked Prague like 2 days in advance, never learning our lessons on this trip. We went to villingen once more to find the pasta Anna has been thinking about for 6 years, success! And to get a postcard because the store was closed last time we went, failure! It was closed again because we savored our pasta just a bit too long. I guess the world doesn’t want us to have a postcard from villingen. We then took a train 20 minutes only to sit at the tiny Immigingen train station for HOURS. It was the hottest day in recent times too which meant following the shadows as the sun kept sneaking into my little concrete space. Finally made it to the hostel in Munich which will be our stop over before Prague. Luckily the room is just us, no snorers!Read more

    • Day43

      Spritzer girls

      June 15, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

      After getting lunch at a little market selling brats we went back to the room and then me and Anna went up the hill near our place to see this weird little castle thing. Later on we met up for dinner and drinks with Nadine. We also stopped at the river and hopped in to cool off as we had our swimsuits on. It was brisk and we only lasted a little while but we got to say we had a little dip in the Freiburg stream, not just swing over it! We had Hugo’s (elderflower spritzers) lillet spritzers (lillet wine), and aperol spritzers. I had the best salty peanut flavored gelato too. Started and ended this day with gelato, as earlier I had raspberry.Read more

    • Day41

      Booty workout number 3000

      June 13, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

      Fresh croissants for breakfast and then a bunch of walking made for the beginning of a typical day in the life of the 3 Europa amigas. We wanted to see this tower that Freiburg is famous for but what we didn’t know was that the tower was on the top of a steep hill. Get those legs working ladies. We climbed the hill, stopping for a photo shoot and a slide (I think there was surprise poop smeared in that slide, might be worse than surprise hot dogs), but the show must go on. Then we walked over 200 stairs to get to the bottom of the probably 100+ stairs tower itself. A great view on a clear day though!Read more

    • Day45

      Social dancing in the town square

      June 17, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

      When we got up this morning we weren’t expecting to be at breakfast for over 3 hours but that’s how it went. Our early morning (at least by our standards) turned into getting going past 1pm anyway. The poor waitress was all by herself and it was a packed place, also Anna’s food didn’t come the first time and she had to reorder. We got some souvenirs and played around in the book store. We also witnessed a very unique flash mob type skit that I think was saying Jesus will save you but it was hard to tell, especially as I was focused on the girl who fainted mid performance and no one even seemed to blink an eye? So strange, but it is a hot day, I don’t blame her. Then we went to the town square where Nadine told us every night they do a social dance class and then everyone just dances together after that. It was so fun, and me and Anna got asked to dance with a couple different people. Even though we didn’t do the class and didn’t know how it was so fun!Read more

    • Day27

      Besuch in Freiburg

      October 20, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Wir verabschiedeten uns in Lyon von Mo und machten uns auf den Heimweg.

      Als spontaner Zwischenstopp machten wir in Freiburg halt, um Tami zu besuchen. Wir spazierten auf einen Aussichtspunkt und gingen danach auf die Freiburger Messe. Hier bekamen wir kostenlose Lose und gewannen sogar den Hauptgewinn: einen Reisegutschein vom ADAC im Wert von 250€ und durften sogar eine Gratisrunde im Riesenrad fahren.

      Wir übernachteten im Studentenwohnheim, erkundeten am nächsten Tag nochmals die Innenstadt und machten uns dann auf den Weg nach Hause.
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    • Day9

      Freiberg

      July 21, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      After a chance to put our feet up, we wandered out into Freiburg. We ended up mostly shoe-shopping for B who broke both his walking shoes and his action sandals on the same day! The river was awash with people paddling in the stepped pools that ran down it, making it a super site to cool off in the 38° heat. We, however, went to the Ganter bar on the plaza around the cathedral and ordered a metre of beer! We were treated to the lovely church bells, an accordionist and a cellist during our drinks, before retiring to plan the next fews days.

      Beer Index (Freiburg) - €4.90/0.5l (including a flight)
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    Freiburg im Breisgau, Stadt Freiburg im Breisgau

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