Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Black Forest Tourist Trap

On the first day of our river trip we were taken on a long rainy bus ride to a stop in the Black Forest.  It turned out to be a bit of a tourist trap, not a historic village or anything, but a modern bus stop complete with souvenir stores, washrooms and a cafeteria.  Luckily there was a beautiful stream tumbling down through the forest that we could go see.

It was so dark and misty in the first place, I managed a few 'slow' pictures of the tumbling stream without a tripod.  And they're only a little blurry.

It really was a beautiful little stream, tumbling over the boulders down through some quite mature forest, even though it was only a 10 minute walk.

They had obviously invested a little bit of time and effort to create a safe walk for the tourists.  This was quite a well-constructed bridge across the stream.

I just enjoyed myself taking pictures, taking longer than anyone else to finish the walk.  While the rest hurried back to the stores.

There were three tourist stores, all quite suitable for the Black Forest, the first a cuckoo clock store.  And this is the world's largest cuckoo clock, complete with dancing couples that do a turn instead of a cuckoo!

There was a stained glass studio, with some very colourful, if expensive trinkets,

And here is about $500.00 worth of Nutcrackers, average about 5" tall.  Lots of bigger and more expensive ones too!

There was a small inn, obviouslyi a modern version of one that had stood there for some time.  At least they claimed that Marie Antoinette stopped by for a visit in 1770, 20+ years before her execution on the guillotine in Paris!  We enjoyoed the outing off the ship, but I'm not sure we got any real experience of the Black Forest!

13 comments:

  1. You expect a hobbit to come out of those woods.

    One of my cousins would love one of those nutcrackers!

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  2. I enjoyed your rendition of your trip to the stream, in any event. I am always happy to see a post by the Furry Gnome. :-)

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  3. Beautiful stream shots, perfect capture of the running water, and mossy rocks. Very expensive items there.

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  4. Nutcrackers! Beautiful ones too. It looks like a wonderful trip!

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  5. That's a beautiful stream! The tourist area sounds kind of like "South of the Border" down in the Carolinas.

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  6. At least you got to walk along a pretty stream. Yeah, I hate tourist traps too.

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  7. Are people allowed to swim in the stream, here most of those places are only for walking along the trails.

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  8. Too bad it was a tourist trap, would have been nice to explore the black forest.

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  9. We bought a cuckoo clock in that very store in 2008. I just looked and have the very same picture. As I remember, they did the carving for the clocks right there. They shipped it to us here in the US, and it still keeps perfect time. My only regret is that we didn't get an 8 day one, instead of the 24 hour one we got. Keep forgetting to wind it.

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  10. Your long exposure shots of the stream are excellent! Sounds like a lovely trip.

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  11. Beautiful photos especially of the forest and streams love all the deep green moss . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  12. a beautiful mountain stream. I love to photograph these too.

    beautiful pics

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  13. What a beautiful stream...places like that sooth my soul.

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