BLACKFOREST BALLADE

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Blessed be thy Black Forest water for cooling down on hot summer days

Freiburg is a green, university city. When I first visited some 18 years ago I was amazed at the panoply of food and wine available on the menu of a simple campus restaurant – the laminated-paged menu weighed me down to the ground with its lengthy choices of Italian, French and German food and wine, of asiatische spezialitäten – and low and behold even a page of Aussie wines!

After several months living in carnivore (and cream) dominated France, it was a surprise to come across such a libertine culinary spirit residing on the other side of the Rhine (which clearly went well beyond the affairs of the platter and deep into the city’s fiber).

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Food colouring green not – the dark dark green almost blackish green of the Black Forest owes to the evergreen pines

Freiburg is a deep green city, sandwiched in Black Forest folds. It’s proximity to Alsace explains why Strasbourg – about 80 kilometers north – is one of if not the most ecologically leaning cities of France – measured among other things in the number of crottes de chien in the streets (there are still way too many but less than in the rest of France).

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Canal-side dip and sip?

For many years Alsace has rubbed up against the feisty green resolve of the BadenWürttemberg region. It’s here where Germany’s green will really sprouted – among the anti nuclear (no nukes) protests of the 1970’s. The city is a lovely mix of parks, stony history and spires, chic’y shopping, silent narrow streets to shelter from the crowds and heat, boutiques and bookstores, wine bar-after-wine bar, battalions of bikes, canal-sided restaurants, Gothic and art nouveau buildings, vintage stores and charming trams.

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An unexpected bit of Black Forest multiculturalism to start my visit in Freiburg’s Botanical Garden.

It has an air for me of a little Berlin – a small cosy city yet with enough animation to put a pep in your step – in the right places (so to speak) – and a breezy, creative, free-reign feel. Clearly I am well within in my comfort zone coming from a city like Hobart and finding myself in a town of some 200,000 residents, cotton wool-balled in nature and greenery.

Freiburg will forever remain a special place since my most recent visit – since it was here I unleashed the ‘bazooka’ – my new Nikon D810 with a 70-200mm lens … such a terrible nickname I know for something as creative as a camera, but it is difficult otherwise to get across the relative heaviness of this outfit! Worth its weight in gold – as I hope some of my pics will convey! Guten reisen! (That’s bon voyage in German).

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