July 8, 2012

Lahr, Germany: In Photos









Lahr (Schwarzwald), Germany: The area where I spent half of June and the first week of July. It reminded me in many ways of Minnesota. Although, in other ways, it was all and only Deutschland. And yes, in time I will expound.

This will be the first in what I'm guessing will be a good number of "in photos" posts. So much to share! But first a disclaimer: the first photo was actually taken right outside of Seelbach, a neighboring village to Lahr. Isn't the Black Forest beautiful? 

Hope you've been well, friends. It is strange and wonderful to be home (my own bed! English!), and although I want to and will live in the present as much as I can for the rest of this summer, I know when I'm in my moments of reflection, it will be gratitude gratitude gratitude.

12 comments:

  1. I've never been to Germany and these photos of yours are really making me wish I was there! So lush and serene....beautiful!

    xo
    cortnie

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    1. I must say I'm glad to be back home...but looking at these photos myself makes it likely I'll head back some day. Great memories of a great place. :) Thanks for commenting, Cortnie!

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  2. Bring on the photos! I love to see how others live. The house shapes are very pleasing to the eye, and almost see like the old one here in New England.

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    1. Will do. I'm much less a student of architecture than natural landscapes, but I loved the buildings, also. So old! We walked inside and past many that had origin dates in the 1600s. Hard to comprehend, right?

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  3. This is unbelievable. The Christmas I spent time in the Schwartzwald, I was in the town of Dornhan - if you look at a map, it's due east of Lahr, and not very far.

    I was working in Liberia at the time. The hospital bookkeeper was from just outside Dornhan - I spent a couple of days with his family after two nights at the inn in town. They lived in a traditional home, with the cattle below and the family above. Oma was up every morning baking bread and rolls for us, and while I was there, it snowed and snowed. Walking in the Black Forest during a snowfull was gorgeous.

    Not only that, the town of Dornhan was celebrating a birthday. It was 1,100 years old!

    I'm really looking forward to your posts - photos, words and gushing all are welcome!

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    1. Linda, your comments made me smile and nod. I know exactly what you mean! We didn't stay in a home as old as the one you described, but we went to an open air museum that displayed farm houses from the 1600s... so crazy. No metal. Wooden nails! I can only imagine how beautiful the Black Forest was in winter. Even in the heat of summer, I felt like I'd stepped back into the time of elves and dwarves.

      1,100 years! Sort of puts our neighboring town's 150th celebration this summer into perspective. :)

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  4. Your photos are so holistic -- capturing the history, the present, the natural world throughout. Loved the glimpse in!

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    1. Thanks, Erin. I often feel any photographic skills I have are seriously lacking when it comes to cities/people/etc., so... I'm trying! Glad you liked the view.

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  5. Lovely, lovely images, as always, Emily, and most fitting for a travel feature? You possess that gift to view the world, and capture it on your camera, from a perspective that enchants and takes us there, right there.

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    1. Ah, a travel feature.... that sounds like a splendid idea! :) We'll see where my rambling fingers take me for the rest of the summer. Thanks, as always, for your presence here, Audrey.

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  6. Nice. Haven't been to Germany since 1973 and I'm sure its changed a lot. I agree with Sandy, as many photos as possible, it is so nice to see how others live!

    When I first saw the Black Forest, I was somewhat disappointed. I thought it would be much bigger, and then I realized in the context of Europe it fits nicely.

    Keep 'em coming!

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    1. Yes, if you've grown up around, say, the White Mountains, they are similar in size. But what I really loved about this area is how truly DARK the Black Forest is once you walk just a few steps into the woods. It sure proved a good reprieve from hot afternoons.

      Also, yes, lots of changes happening in Germany even in the past year. We spent considerable time with people from the region, and my favorite part of the entire trip was talking to them about their country and soaking up what they shared. I'm convinced: the best way to learn is immersion.

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