Thursday, January 26, 2017

Winterwonderland in the Black Forest

At the beginning of January, the weather gods finally heard my prayers - and it snowed. And it got really cold which preserved the pristine white coat for more than a few hours. Effectively long enough for us to wait for the long weekend of epiphany and make our way to the Black Forest for a sunny and ice cold snow hike.

We followed the trek recommended by Corinna on her website (

We were spoiled with the most perfect winter conditions. Sunshine, a good 30-50 cm of snow and icy temperatures around -10°C.

Although it was a public holiday we only came across a couple of other hikers, we had the path mostly to ourselves, the thick layers of snow seemed to absorb all the noise while we walked along the path, enjoying the silence.

I love days like these when just a little trip, a little outside the box of your everyday life, makes you feel like you were in a faraway place, miles away from your daily routine, where you just live in the moment and marvel at the beauty of nature surrounding you. Just a perfect day!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Winter wonderland on New Year's

Hello 2017 - after a few very busy weeks at the end of 2016, I was looking forward to a calm transition into 2017. We spent a cozy evening around the table eating raclette with a lot of gruyere cheese and drinking some good wines with it. The best of evenings in my book!

This morning, I could finally see the sun breaking through the clouds, illuminating the frosted trees on the hills surrounding Heidelberg. Everything looked like it was sugar-coated. Not wasting any time,  I grabbed the camera and made my way up to "Kohlhof" for a sunny winter walk.

When I eventually pulled out my DSLR to capture the sparkling sunlight on the icy branches, I realized that the SD card was unfortunately, only iphone pictures in this post. I still loved the atmosphere so I'd thought I'd share them anyway.

Happy 2017 everyone. May you be blessed with health and luck and have a successful new year!