Sipping beer and stuffing our faces in Freiburg, Germany
Ugh, I love traveling so much and wish I could visit a new place every weekend. Luckily in Europe, it doesn't take that long to visit a new and charming city. Also, luckily we have friends living all over the world who give us good reasons to explore new places. Last weekend, we made the 2-hour drive north to Freiburg, Germany, where some fellow Wisconsinites are currently living. I can't tell you how much I love having 'my people' here in Europe, experiencing this crazy ex-pat life.
We really lucked out with the weather and were able to see Freiburg in all it's sun-bathed glory. We arrived on Saturday, right in the midst of the daily farmer's market. Tons of stalls of flowers, vegetables and of course sausages filled the main square. I bought a hard-boiled egg, because that is also one of the amazing things about Europe - they sell eggs, already hard-boiled and they are the perfect (healthy) snack. You can tell they're hard-boiled, because they are dyed like Easter eggs. So cute.
Our friends gave us a great walking tour of the city (it's not that big) and took us up to a great beer garden on a hill. Schlossberg is at the entrance of the Black Forest and offers up stunning views looking back over the town. Warren was excited to see that St. George (the patron saint of England) is also the patron saint of the Freiburg - so the top of the hill had a huge flag very reminiscent of England's country flag - white with a red 'St. George's cross'.
Freiburg seems very 'livable' to me...the right mix of charm and practicality, without as many tourists as Lucerne. It has a river, as well as these unique water canals throughout the city, so it meets my criteria of "the best places to live are within walking distance to water."
We culminated the night with some homemade lentil curry (Thanks Betsy!!), several bottles of red wine and a few games of Farkle. Of course, Warren couldn't let the evening pass without educating us on the best (worst?) music of the 80s. "You've never heard of Beautiful South?! And their hit 'Song for Whoever'! You're joking?!" Obviously it was some English pop band, who apparently never made it to the USA (I wonder why....). It's opening line is "I love you from the bottom of my pencil case." and it's chorus includes "I wrote so many songs about you, I forget your name." Tommy summed the song up nicely as "the original Mambo No. 5".
The next morning we met for Brunch at the UC Cafe, which served huge portions of what I would consider "American"-style breakfast. Everything sounded good so I got a tomato & mozzarella omelette (as big as my plate) and a sausage and cheese crepe (on an even bigger plate). No not paleo, but a healthier indulgence. Thankfully we went for another long walk along the river before the drive back home. I wish we could have stayed longer to do some shopping (it's a huge bummer that everything is closed on Sundays here), since Freiburg seemed to be full of really cute boutiques and shops - and all significantly less expensive than Switzerland. Just another reason to go back!