Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Day 4 of Our Germany Visit

On day 4 we started out after breakfast and headed south towards Austria. It isn't exactly on the way to Triberg but my wife was determined that we had to go into Austria and Switzerland so she could say she was there. I made sure there wasn't a lot of extra driving by just catching a little of each country.
If you go there from Germany make sure you get decals for your window for each of those countries since they are required and not too cheap either. The one for Switzerland was the more expensive one. It was a pleasant drive and my wife got to relearn a standard shift again.
I don't want to accuse her of driving fast since I didn’t really look at the speedometer but after we got home I mentioned that 130 kph was about 80 mph and then she asked what 170 kph was. It wasn't all that bad because even at that speed she was passed by motorcycles.
We stopped in Switzerland for lunch at a nice place out away from town and had a nice lunch but we did learn that Switzerland isn't on the Euro system, good thing for master card.
We then drove more into the mountains on our way to Triberg. Triberg is a town nestled in a valley and has the country’s highest waterfall. We had been there once before because it is also known for Cuckoo clocks. That first trip we ended up buying 4 of them.
When we got to Triberg it was raining and we had a hard time finding a place to stay. We finally spotted a nice place across the valley but it took us awhile to find out how to get to it. Finally we seen a sign and followed it. It turned out to be a Best Western and had a restaurant there so we didn't have to go back out in the rain again.
Dinner was nice but it's the first time I seen my wife get high off of desert. She had ice cream with cherries and Egg type of alcohol. By the time she got to the bottom of the bowl she was warmed up.
The next morning we started the walk up the waterfall, not my idea but I was dragged into it by my better half. There are numerous trails that can be taken with different degrees difficulties. I chose the easy one and still I gave up about halfway up.
After that we checked out the Cuckoo clocks from the place we had used years ago. She did buy a few things there for gifts back home. We left there to continue our trip to Hoehr-Grenzhausen and Hillscheid, little villages located on the west side of the Rhine river near Frankfurt Germany where the stein factories are located that we came to visit. 

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