The Black Forest – Part 1

Beautiful nature, magical forest, idyllic views and not on the last place- a great spa. All of that enveloped in beautiful lush spring green – for all fans of outdoors and nature (and spa of course :)) the Black Forest is the perfect getaway.

 

 

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The Black Forest is a large forested mountain range in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany. The region is quite big (with a length of 160 km and breadth of up to 60 km) and there are plenty of things to do depending on your time and interests. Here is how I spent my time during the five days that I spent there.

 The great outdoors

There are plenty of opportunities for hiking/trekking/walking/exploring the routes and paths in the area (The total network of tracks amounts to around 23,000 kilometres!). One can do routes taking from a few hours to a few days. I had one day and the root that I did was recommended by the hotel owner of one of the places where I stayed and was absolutely beautiful! It goes for about 13 km – starting from the Ruhestein ski lift, through Wildseeblick, Seibelseckle, Hornisgrinde and ending at Mummelsee.

 

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The magical forest

The Black Forest is the setting of one of the best fairytales of the great Wilhelm Hauff (such as the “Cold Heart”; there even a dedicated museum to the author btw!), by which I was absolutely mesmerized as a child. Words can`t do much justice in describing the amazing sights of beautiful unspoilt nature in all shapes and forms that one can encounter. Enjoy the gallery – it will very likely inspire you to go and experience it yourself.

 

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Rivers & Waterfalls

There is literally a countless number of waterfalls to explore-more and less known ones. My recommendation is to see the famous ones, but also to be adventurous and get lost in the forest of the more hidden of them. The ones that I visited were the Allerheiligen waterfall, the Triberg waterfalls and the Gertelbach waterfall (a hidden gem that I super highly recommend!)

 

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The second part of the post with more experiences, tips & pictures will be coming soon!

 

And now- enjoy the gallery 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Haiku for Lovers

a smell of Jasmine tea

drifting after love

rainy cottage

Haiku

 

Haiku is a beautiful short form of poetry that focuses on a brief moment in time, and a sense of sudden illumination or enlightenment. It  is usually composed  in three short lines and it normally doesn’t rhyme.

Haikus are often  moving and thought provoking like the one above written by Ikuyo Yoshimura and included in the “Haiku for Lovers” book.

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Life unfolds in divine order


Easter is one of the biggest and most magical Christian holidays which I always associate with traditions, rituals and spending time with your closest people.

It’s Ortodox Easter today, so as I every year I color eggs and prepare a special Easter bread that I’m going to share with my friends. For me such holidays are really about sharing and caring, and showing appreciation to the people who are there for you.


Something even bigger that Easter represents to me is to have faith that life unfolds in divine order and we are being taken care of.  


A beautiful story that depicts this and that I want to share with you today is called ” Footsteps in the sand”: 

One night I dreamed a dream.

As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.

Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.

For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,

One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.

I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,

especially at the very lowest and saddest times,

there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. 
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,

You’d walk with me all the way.

But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,

there was only one set of footprints.

I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.

When you saw only one set of footprints,

It was then that I carried you.”
Happy Easter!

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