February 21, 2018

Springtime Yearnings

I guess the winter cold has got me longing for the warm sun and outdoor activities because all I want to do is get outside and be active! This has got me thinking about 4 activities that have been on my list for awhile.

Wanderin ohne Gepack (or Hiking without luggage) in the Black Forest

The Black Forest has long been an area of Germany that I want to visit.  This land is full of rolling green hills, waterfalls, cuckoo clocks and farms.  Wanderin ohne Gepack sounds like a great way to really see the sights all while being active. 

Walking in the Black Forest Germany

Walking in the Black Forest by Haxxah and KraZug, on Flickr

You can choose to spend a week or more hiking or shorten it to 3 or 4 days.   Each days hike is only about 12-17 miles and all you carry is a little bag because the hotel sends your luggage to your next night’s lodging!  All of the trails are well marked and safe to hike plus there are restaurants and farm houses along the way for refreshments.  Once you arrive at your accommodations, you can sit and enjoy beer or wine and then a wonderful dinner before sleeping in preparation for the next day’s journey.   Sounds wunderbar to me!

Beer and Biking through Bavaria’s Land of Beer

This ride is probably a stretch for me but it still sounds like great fun!  What could be better than experiencing wonderfully romantic towns full of history, drinking beer, exploring another amazingly picturesque town (Bamberg) where almost the entire town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, drinking more beer, riding along the river Regnitz river, drinking more beer . . . Ummmm, I think you get my drift!

Bamberg Bavaria Germany

Bamberg Town Hall from Bayern Tourismus

Just because some of these rides are 112 km (approximately 70 miles) and I’m not a bike rider, that shouldn’t deter me – should it?  I would definitely need to break these up into smaller sections but I am so up for it!  What an adventure.

Wine and Biking along the Moselle River in Germany

So I had to throw in a ride that included wine just so you would know that I am an equal opportunity drinker! 

Scene on Moselle River Germany

Moselle River Germany

The Moselle is a very beautiful river in Germany that branches off the Rhine in Koblenz.  This area, from Koblenz to Trier, is full of Roman history and many, many charming villages and vineyards.  You could spend a week or just 3-4 days riding along the river.  The villages are close enough together that the daily rides are between 12-24 miles each.  Don’t forget to drink some German wine!

Village along the Moselle in Germany

Village along the Moselle in Germany

Canoeing on the Dordogne River

The Dordogne Valley in France has been on my radar for quite a few years and I want to spend at least one day of my visit floating down the Dordogne River.  This area is full of castles and villages made of stone.  There are also the prehistoric caves, medieval castles and Roman ruins. 

Village along Dordogne River France

Dordogne by Jos Dielis, on Flickr

The Dordogne is a wide and slow moving river which makes it a great way to see the incredible scenery and enjoy a picnic during your journey.  If a picnic isn’t for you, then stop at one of the many villages for lunch or snack.  Make sure you taste some of the amazing red wines from the region!

Gorges de la Dordogne River France

Gorges de la Dordogne by OliBac, on Flickr

Are you longing for spring?  Have you enjoyed any of these active journeys? 

 Tell me about it. . .

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  1. Christina says:

    Debbie, I can’t believe I’m seeing Bamberg here! That’s my hometown. I’m glad you have it on your list! Did you know you can get a beer diploma there, too? It is connected with a lot of brewery beer tastings and stamina… It’s a beautiful town.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      It is so great to hear from you! I will be visiting Bamberg this summer and I can’t wait! I won’t be able to do the bike trip this time but am going to look into the beer. I didn’t know about the diploma! What are the “must sees”?

      • Christina says:

        Well, how much time do you have 😉 Just walk through the town centre with its many Cafes in Lange Strasse and Austrasse, visit the Old Town Hall (in your pic above), visit the cathedral and the adjacent rose garden. Can all be done in one afternoon, as it’s all close together. Take a walk along the river, there are even gondolas in Bamberg’s Little Venice. And, don’t forget Sandstrasse for many breweries, pubs and bars in stunning medieval scenery.
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        • Debbie Beardsley says:

          LOL, I will be doing everything on your list. I am actually staying at least 1 1/2 days so I will be able to cover a few breweries hopefully. thanks for your insight, I can’t wait!

  2. Wow, those castles from Dorgogne are very intriguing looking. Europe fascinates me to no end — the culture, the castles, the forests — I just wish it were easier (and cheaper) to get a Schengen visa. Tsk.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Hi Jill! Thanks for visiting.

      The Dordogne is spectacular and I can’t wait to go! These pictures just seem to pull me in! Do you feel that way about pictures?

  3. What a fairy tale landscape, complete with that castle! Reminds me a lot of Grabunden in Switzerland.

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      All of these locations are indeed a sight to behold. I just am having a hard time deciding which to do first!

  4. This looks wonderful – I’ve never been to southern Germany. Looks lovely XOLaura

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I know it really does look beautiful. I really want to do all 3 of these just can’t decide which to do first!

      Thanks for stopping by.


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