Monday, October 22, 2012

Friday adventures in the Fränkische Schweiz

Last Friday Peter, a friend of mine and I drove, on a whim, to the Fränkische Schweiz (or Franconian Switzerland).  We had no idea where we were going and only knew that we wanted to take a little hike and get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful day.  What we found was one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been, the best apple-pumpkin butter I have ever tasted and a Friday afternoon which will forever remain in my memory.  

We stopped at a few farmer's stands to pick up pumpkins and other nice treats and then drove on until we reached a big cliff with castle ruins on top.  We hiked up to the ruins and had the most fantastic view.  It was spectacular.  The warm and vibrant sun we had that day has  since given way to a bone-chilling fog, but at least we were able to fit in one last autumn hurrah.  

I highly recommend stopping in the Fränkische Schweiz if you are ever in the region. There is excellent hiking and it is very authentic in a lot of ways.  Seeing old ladies dressed in their fancy clothes and walking through the village to the church on a Friday evening was hilarious and visiting the farms was wonderful.  Plus, the region is downright gorgeous!

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