Winter has limited our excursions somewhat, primarily because we have been busy working. I wrapped up teaching for the semester, and Andreas has had a student here from Canada. Kai is busy learning German and playing Lego, and he has limited patience for excursions in the cold. Well, that is until he realizes that he can throw snowballs at his parents.
We have made a few days trips, however. Andreas also had a business trip to Joensuu, Finland and he visited the stunning Koli National Park while there.
Here are the photos.
Winter trip to Belchen. We have visited Belchen two times in the summer/fall (see here and here), but we weren’t prepared for the madhouse that it is on a sunny winter day. The ski hill was packed. But it was easy to understand why. The view was spectacular–we saw the Alps for the first time from the top.
Trip to Donaueschingen, the source of the Danube River. On our way home from the thermal bath at Bad Dürrheim (no photos), we made a side trip to Donaueschingen where the source of the Danube River can be found. It was a very misty, cold evening, but the colours were amazing. Kai was not impressed with this excursion–no snow and he was tired from the thermal baths!
Hike in the Kaiserstuhl. We have explored the Kaiserstuhl (wine-growing region north of Freiburg) in the summer and fall, but it is also beautiful in the winter.
Andreas’ trip to Joensuu, Finland. Here are some photos of Koli National Park in Finland. Looks a lot like B.C., I would say
Day trip to Triberg Falls, the highest falls in Germany. We took a quick day trip to Triberg Falls, not far from Freiburg. I realized that I had visited these falls several years ago when I was living in Konstanz. The falls were frozen and therefore interesting to Kai. This album begins with a series of self-portraits by Kai taken in the backseat while we were driving there.