The wonderful thing about living in Europe is that other, interesting cities are only a short train ride away. Today we took a trip to Ulm, which turns out to be the most appealing example of the German tendency to blend modern and ancient styles. The city center is compact and walkable; the cathedral is impressive, even for Europe. We found an assortment of sidewalk cafes and pedestrian walkway along the Danube, shops and more cafes scattered around the city center. There were, in fact, so many cafes that we had some difficulty finding a place to eat a full lunch — which we definitely needed after climbing 768 stairs to the top of the Cathedral spire. Ultimately, we found a Spanish restaurant, which was about to close its kitchen but had a few limited — and it turned out, delicious — lunch options available.
We traveled to Bavaria last weekend. It was a fun, relaxing trip. It rained on-and-off the whole time, so we didn’t feel much pressure to see all the sites — and instead treated it as a scouting trip for “next time.” Still, we couldn’t help but bust out the cameras from time-to-time.
The last night of Karnival, and the streets were mostly empty. It seemed that all the revelers had gone home. We did spot the occasional “strange” garment — a red pompom headband here, a pair of hot pink knee-length socks there.
Photos are up here: http://paigemorrison.smugmug.com/gallery/11267908_qYe7L