Bee’s Travel Thursday ~ The Swabian Alp ~ Eastern Part

February 2019

They certainly do something to attract tourists these Germans 😉

March 2017

I am taking the time to tell you a little more about the area I was born in. It is in the South of Germany in the county of Baden-Wuerttemberg. It is a hilly area which surprises with solar panels on even the smallest farmhouse, blooming meadows and affordable delicious food in restaurants.

There are many scenic routes signed out like the Baden Wine Route, the Black Forest Panoramic Route or the Hohenstaufen (A royal house in Swabia) Route which are a great way to discover this beautiful part of Germany.

If you are a car fan then you cannot avoid Stuttgart with the Mercedes Benz Museum and the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen. But there is also the Auto and Technik Museum in Sinsheim where they now house a fully accessible Concorde and a Tupolev TU-144.

If you are a writer and poet then you can find out more about the German romantic period on Heidelberg and authors and poets like Berthold Brecht, Herman Hesse and Marie Louise Kaschnitz. And I must not forget fairy tales. Not only the Brother’s Grimm collected them Wilhelm Hauff wrote a few interesting ones.

Baden-Wuerttemberg is a wine growing area and if you like to come in Winter you might have the chance to visit a so-called Besenwirtschaft or Straussenwirtschaft. It is a restaurant only open for 4 months a year owned by winegrowers. It is meant to sell out the old wine but you often can have new wine too. They are only allowed to serve cold food or simple food and no beer or other alcohol besides home brewed spirits. But I suppose the rules change from county to county.

My parents used to go to one where they bought their wine every February but I have to admit I have not been in one yet. However, if you want to get an insight then see if you can watch the Hairy Bikers Bakeacation about Germany where they visited one.

Ah, I am tired now and a little homesick which is a new one. I have never been homesick since I moved to Britain ten years ago. However, Brexit has change literally everything. I am much fonder of my country of birth even though I know if Germany allowed a referendum about the European Union it would go exactly the same way than here.

But as things stand both the European Union and Britain use their expats as pawns in their negotiations and if they make it difficult for us then I have to think about going back because I do not want to become a citizen of a country that runs away from his neighbours when things get difficult (sorry I know it is just half of the country that voted that way but the politicians just run with it). And the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world feels the same and wants to leave. House or no house.

Maybe I am not homesick. Maybe I just long for the “good old days” when things seemed to have been easier and more settled. Never mind…… 🙂

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