Discovering the People, Culture and Landscapes of Germany
I have fond memories of traveling throughout Germany with my parents and siblings at age 11 as we explored the people, culture and landscapes of Europe. We explored the town of Baden Baden where some of our ancestors lived. Next, we traveled to the town of Bacharach along the Rhine River, complete with ancient castles encircled by large stone walls and entrance gates. The tudor style architecture was a beautiful contrast with the colorful flowers found that lined the village streets. Corner bakeries produced perfect pastries and crusty breads we enjoyed while we watching the barges and ships travel up and down the Rhine river. Bacharach is a great home base for exploring the many castles of the region
Equally fascinating was the Black Forest of Germany. We stayed in Triberg, which is home to one of the most amazing waterfalls I have seen. Right in town you can walk to this beauty and it keeps on giving as you walk uphill. I counted 13 different waterfalls as it cascades down a steep, forested hill. Each one was different but just as beautiful as the rest. It was a photographer’s dream. At least for one who loves waterfalls as much as I do. I found the many churches and cathedrals of Germany to be a fascinating subject to photograph. And we were fortunate to visit one of the most incredible structures in Europe that took 600 years to build. You can see many different architectural periods by studying the Cologne Cathedral, which is the most visited landmark of Germany.