Sunday, December 2, 2007

the black forest by torchlight

My husband works for a German engineering firm. We're Americans but we're living here in Germany on temporary assignment, along with a lot of other non-German employees and families. A few times a year, the company organizes what is called a Stammtisch: all the foreign employees gather together for some evening event (to help us feel happy about living so far from home in a strange land learning a strange language) and they are always lovely!

Thursday night, Karl and I joined a large group of Americans, Hungarians, Chinese, Japanese, Brazilians, Mexicans and I'm not sure what other nationalities on a torchlight walk through the Black Forest!

Here we are with our torches (yes they are flames, no batteries included!):

Black Forest by Torchlight

Black Forest by Torchlight

Here's the group traveling through the forest (black, isn't it?):

Black Forest by Torchlight

Karl and I have actually been on this path before...here's how pretty it looks in the daylight (looking more like a forest, now, doesn't it?):

Black Forest

After about half an hour of walking, we suddenly come to this Biergarten...yes a restaurant sitting right in the middle of the Black Forest(!)..the Bütthof:

Buetthof by Torchlight

Where Karl and I sat at a table getting to know some new Chinese, Japanese and Hungarian friends while eating fondue...

Fondue at Buetthof

...I love my life!!

5 comments:

TallGiraffe said...

I'm so jealous of the forest. It reminds me of when I live in North Carolina. The central valley of california doesn't have any forests close by that I could just walk to...

Lori Anderson Designs said...

OK, that is one of the coolest things EVER!

orangeflower said...

Hi,
What beautiful photos! I wish I could be there!

I have been visiting your blog regularly, but just yesterday signed up with google so I can post! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on the house ornament. If you make it, I'd love to see what you do with the design.

orangeflower

Field Notes said...

Gutentag ;-D That's about all the German I know. My hubby studied in Germany in H.S. and has been wanting to take me to the Black Forest... this only whetted my appetite!

Sarah said...

I SO love your blog!

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