Today should be a snowy day, I mean it'll snow on and off the whole day. At breakfast we go over the different options: we'd like to walk in the forest again, but have exhausted the local options if we stick to approved routes for winter hiking. We decide to drive to the next valley… Continue reading Under the Zinnkopf
The balloonists called yesterday evening to confirm that they would be flying today, so this morning at ten thirty we show up at the camping site they use for take off and landing. We've been seeing these hot air balloons in the sky the last few days and we're really excited to go up ourselves,… Continue reading Frillensee
Today is a resting day, that means no backpacks, no heavy hiking boots and not too much snow. We are planning to visit Herrenchiemsee, a 238 ha island in the Chiemsee lake, not to far from where we're sleeping. The morning dawns clear, without the usual blanket of fog, but the temperature is well below… Continue reading Herrenchiemsee
Since we finished our walk so early yesterday, we decided to slow down a bit: up at seven thirty, breakfast at eight and we start walking around ten. It should be another sunny, cloudless day and I put on the same combination of layers. Our route starts from the hotel, leads us eastward out of… Continue reading Bäckeralmrunde
8:547:187:08 Alarm at seven, we've asked for breakfast at seven thirty. We're staying in an Aparthotel, where you basically rent an appartment but get all the services of a hotel if you want them, including breakfast. The friendly young lady who welcomed us yesterday had asked if we had any preferences and we said we'd… Continue reading Snow!
A good night, we wake up with the alarm at seven and the first thing we do is look out over the lake to watch the sun come up. As predicted the cloud cover is pretty low, but there's a hole that makes the lake glow with the reflection of the new day. Off to… Continue reading Die Deutsche Alpenstraße
It wasn't a great night.. noisy bed, lumpy pillows. Then again, we booked this hotel using loyalty points on the booking platform so it's basically free and that's an enjoyable fact. The reception was closed the day before and we used a code to get our key from a safe, but this morning there is… Continue reading Back in Konstanz
Today starts as a regular work day, so the electronic bird song starts at six ten. This time is perfectly calculated to allow me to hop into my cycling cloths, grab my soup from the bridge and start my bike commute to work, but today's special. I quickly fold yesterdays clean laundry, fresh from the… Continue reading To the Alps!
Alarm at 7. I slept well, we leave the window open at night for fresh air, so the room is chilly but I'm warm under the thick blanket. We already have a plan for today, so it's just the usual routine to get ready. I run out of ham when fixing lunch, so use the… Continue reading Dicke Tannen
Alarm at 7, up at 8. I realized yesterday evening why we're getting up later, it's because we stay up late, reading in bed. Definitely a necessary part of holidaying. It's pretty sunny outside, though according to wetter.de it's only 3° C. I go out to get our lunch bread rolls and it's perfect walking… Continue reading Loop to Sorge
Alarm at seven, up at eight, it's turning out to be a real lazy holiday.. I feel perfectly fine, warm under the bedcover, but with the first steps out of bed I can tell it's a good idea to take a day off: my calf muscles are quite sore. It becomes better after moving around… Continue reading Quedlinburg, Roßtrappe & Rappbodetalsperre
Alarm at seven, breakfast at eight. I remember that I have two bananas here, left over from home, and decide to have a toasted bread slice with choco and then banana slices on top. It's a small banana, but also a small slice, so the pieces are about 15 mm thick, takes some coordination to… Continue reading Down from the Wurmberg
Alarm at 7, up at 8. If you've read yesterday's post, you'll know we don't have breakfast., but according to Google both the bakery and grocery nearby in the village should be open, so I put on some warm clothes and get out there. The bakery has bread rolls (which we need for lunch) and… Continue reading Hike in the Harz
It's a Saturday and we're still at home, so the bedside alarm is set at 7. Doesn't matter, we always get up at 7 on vacation days anyway. Today we drive to Braunlage, in the Harz region of Germany. Even though it's been a busy September, I did find some time to prepare and we're… Continue reading Holiday! Finally!
Breakfast is served at the table in a large, empty dining room, I think we must be the only guests in this hotel. Some restaurant and hotel people say it's a bit quiet, but not too bad, mainly the foreign tourists are missing. Other hotel owners say it's been too quiet and are worried about… Continue reading A short way back home
The usual breakfast routine, the restaurant chef brings us a selection of fruits, cheeses and meats and makes us eggs on demand. Out before nine, we decide to do a little detour to see the Venner Moor nature reserve that gives the hotel its name. We can't see much of it from the road and… Continue reading Up
Up at seven, breakfast half an hour later, gone before nine. Today will probably the hottest day of the week and I prepped some packing yesterday, just so we could leave early enough. Arne wakes up a bit woozy, he's always been a bit bothered like that by antihistamines. Hopefully the grumpiness disappears during the… Continue reading Views from hills
Not a good night, I would say. Too hot! And too itchy! We opened the windows at some point, desperate to the point that we're willing to risk the extra bug bite and that seems to help a bit. Not many bugs either, I suppose the swallows and bats take care of those. A wet… Continue reading Itchy! And hot!
Up at seven after a good night's sleep, under just the sheet and with our head at the foot end to catch more air circulation. I'm not sure if any of it made a difference, but can't have hurt. The bug bites were pretty itchy though.. We put on our masks to go down for… Continue reading A bit of an effort
Quite warm in the room, there's a fan but even so I take the blanket out of the sheet and use the sheet to sleep under. Alarm at seven, we put on our decent clothes and a mouth mask to go to breakfast downstairs. It's strange.. you can take the mouth mask off only when… Continue reading Deer!
Alarm at seven, we slept okay, not too hot in the room fortunately. We go down to the breakfast room, they have just switched back to the classic buffet system, but ask that you follow a one way tour throughout the area to avoid close contact with others, though there is no requirement to wear… Continue reading Sunny hills