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Published: July 29th 2012
That's what they call it. I'd call it the Triberg Waterfall.
After the great day in the Ruette, Austria area, we had a new challenge. Before leaving the USA, I had booked rooms for the first eight nights of our trip. I also have rooms booked for the last week of the trip, three days in Normandy and four in Paris.
But now, for the first time, we were having to decide before sleeping where we would be driving to the following day. Jackie recommended a change from six or seven one night stops (my plan), to driving longer days and spending at least two nights at each stop. So, I gave in. We decided to skip a stop in Zurich and Staufen and drive all the way to Baden-Baden for a two night stop. With some help from the R. Steves guide book, we found an acceptable hotel and booked it on-line. The name was Hotel Beek. We planned to stay two nights there.
So, we set off early. We were leaving Austria for the last time. For now it was Germany again and later France. Jackie took the wheel for the first time since Munich. What we did not know was the route that "Heidi" chose for us
Cuckoo Clock world!
was along a winding narrow farm road with lots of big tractor trailer rigs. After about an hour, and her attempt at a few German cuss words, she threw in the towel. Once again we had a scenic drive. Just after I started driving the roads improved and the countryside too. We passed Lake Constance and loved the views of the lake with sail boats everywhere. The only problem was the heavy traffic. Apparently, this is a favorite vacation location for Germans.
As we drove into the Black Forest, we came upon some road signs for water falls. We stopped and walked into the black forest to see. It turns out that these are the highest falls in Germany. So, now we had seen the tallest peak and now the highest waterfall in Germany.
Soon, we came to the village of Triberg. There are about a million cuckoo clocks for sell in this place. We discovered that they manufacture more than cuckoo clocks and it was the background in this precision work that led to advances in the development of automobiles in Germany, such as the BMW. So, thank you very much cuckoo clocks.
About 4:00pm we
arrived in the city of Baden-Baden. Heidi took us to a area very close to our hotel but soon we realized that we were nearing a pedestrian-only zone. We searched desperately for a sign for Hotel Beek. Cars were backing up behind me so I drove on out of the zone. I did see one sign for Hotel Beeg, but no Hotel Beek, where we had confirmed reservations. What we knew is that we were tired and no mood for this. Jackie volunteered to be dropped off to go into the zone to search for our hotel. About fifteen minutes later, she came out with a key.
Yes, it was Beeg Hotel. We never learned why it is spelled Beek at times. Our next problem was with the parking. Jackie told me what she thought the instructions were for parking. I was happy that it was nearby. We parked and unloaded the car.
After getting in the room and settlling in, I realized that we forgot to get the internet password for the wi-fi. So, I went down, about an hour after arriving, to request it. That's when I was told that I had parked in a "prohibited
We had another great dinner here at this beer garden.
zone." So, I found out the nearest lot and went to find it. It was about 400 yards up the street from the zone. I had to find a place that did not have restrictions to park. It took about 45 minutes before I returned to the hotel room. Jackie was freaking out. She thought that I had been kidnapped.
Later, we found a nice beer garden for dinner and then retired. Whew, what a day!
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