Thanks for stopping by here in Baden Baden!
Bit overcast and drizzly today, so perfect for an expedition in the car!
We decided to find out why the Black Forest is so called.
And we think we now know. The mountains all around here are so densely wooded, that it literally is a solid wall of blackness!
We took the mountain road – the scenic route – fantastic. It was spectacular even in the fog, because the clouds were hanging so low in the trees, they looked just like cotton wool draped through the forest…
Our mission was to reach Freudenstadt, which loosely translated means Joy Town. Sounded like a great destination, so we took off in a southerly direction.
Little villages and Fachwerkhäuser everywhere. Let’s have some phonetic fun! Beamwork houses are Fachwerkhäuser. Say after me: fuchverkhoiza. No! Not fuckverk! Fuchhhhhverk!!
Ok, moving on swiftly, we saw some amazing panoramas, and then suddenly popped out in Freudenstadt. Small place. Very pretty, with a quaint Christmas Market, a Weihnachtsmarkt. Let’s try again….are you ready for this one? Vine achts marked. Now string them together. Perfect. Just remember the ch in German sounds like you are trying to clear your throat….
And here’s the Weihnachtsmann! Vine achts mun. We’ll have you talking German before you know it!
Actually our quest was to eat Black Forest Gateau Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in the heart of the Schwarzwald…. Come on! You can do this! Ready? Right loosen up your lips for this one….
Schvarts velda kirsch tor ti (as if you were going to say tit at the end, but lose the second T). One more time: Schvarts velda kirsch tor ti. Fantastic. (Fantastisch!)
One of the greatest gifts my Mum has ever given me is bilingualism. To be able to speak both languages is a splendid thing. It really is. Better than all the gold and jewels money can buy.
Apart from being able to lark around and have some phonetic fun, I am grateful to her everyday, because it expands the mind for sure.
Tomorrow we wend our way back through Germany and France to England. Have loved being here, spending some quality time with my Mutti, and am excited to come home and make our home all weihnachtlich! Vine acht lich. Lichhhhh, not lick!!
Lots of love and laughter,