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Dienstag, 16. August 2016

Wonky Heidi goes east

Earlier this year I had checked out the tour dates of my favourite bands and discovered that Zaz, the french singer, would not come to Munich but to Dresden. Luckily I have a friend who lives nearby, agreed to join me and put me up for the weekend.



I arrived in Dresden totally relaxed and in full holiday mode at 1 pm, ready for a great long weekend.
We took the train into the city and ambled past the Zwinger, the Frauenkirche, along the river Elbe, through parks, had lunch and coffee and arrived at the open air venue "Junge Garde" with plenty of time to spare and found great seats.




I had been worried about the weather but it was a perfect, balmy summer evening and the perfect venue for the perfect gig.



Zaz is amazing and it was soo worth coming all this way. If you don't know her yet, check her out immediately.


After the concert we drove to Bautzen, 50 km east of Dresden, complete with castle, infamous Stasi jail, mustard factory, full of atmosphere and history.

On Sunday after a late breakfast we drove to Weißwasser, stopping en route at Bad Muskau to visit the Fürst-Pückler-Park and castle. 



We had a peek into the potter's workshop, took refreshments underneath the chestnut trees infront of what must have once been the stables and walked to the castle.



We were already running late so we just checked out the beautifully kept grounds. The pictures don't do it justice as it was a bit overcast.






Then we headed on to Weißwasser, home of a prominent ice hockey club and the Kaffeehaus Junge, which is run by my dear friends.  http://www.kaffeehaus-junge.de/Kaffeehaus

A charming little place, offering tea, coffee and wine specialties and great home-cooked food. Check out theit website for events like coffee and whiskey tastings, book clubs and etiquette evenings.




On Monday I re-traced my steps in Bautzen after a 11-year absence, re-discovering the castle and the historic town centre.





 




So after the perfect bank holiday weekend I have to admit: Saxony is well worth a visit.

Sonntag, 7. August 2016

Bavaria rulez: Breitach Gorge

Every adventure needs to end some time so now Wonky Heidi is back in Bavaria, on my desk on weekdays and roaming my home country at the weekends.

This weekend I was lucky to discover the Breitach Gorge in the Allgäu region with my friends. http://www.breitachklamm.com/en/   

Caused by a moving glacier about 10.000 years ago, it is an amazing place to visit. A circular trail leads us seemingly right through the rock. On a small pathway along the rapid creek we climb up and up staring open mouthed at this spectacle of nature.





Overhanging rocks make us duck our heads and ever dripping water pull on our cagoules.



Huge tree trunks snapped like matchsticks and whopping huge boulders positioned like marbles make us wonder about the force of water.




After finishing the 1,5 hours circular trail we had lunch in Oberstdorf, ending our trip eating icecream while strolling through the small town.




As much as I love travelling, there's no place like home! Come and visit Bavaria!