Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd: Day 15 and 16

Day 15

After shopping around the farmer’s market and the Villingen city center, a few of us ventured off to the local fair taking place. This was not your typical Kansas County fair, most of what we saw was related to commercial and at home use products. There was also a large section on energy saving items for your home, including solar panels and wood burning stoves. They also had a variety of lawn mowers and tractors. We even saw a large round bale wrapper and unwrapper!! So cool! Model homes of builders in the area were also on display. Refreshments and food were available around every corner as well!

Bale wrapping machine.

Roof mountable solar panels for homes.

Day 16

Today’s journey started off soggy, first up, Triberg, to see the world’s largest cuckoo clock. The souvenir shop was closed so we ventured off for more Black Forest sightseeing. We made a quick pit-stop at the glass blowing museum. Sarah G was so adventurous that she blew her own vase! Next up was the Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum. Here we saw a variety of buildings typical of the 15th and 16th century. We saw the typical fully furnished Black Forest farm house, as well as outbuildings used as storehouses, bakery, mills, saw-mills, hemp presses. It was very interesting. We also had the chance to do some shopping at the souvenir shops. After the museum we headed over to the luge next door and it was AWESOME!! Thankfully the rain let up and it was a very refreshing ride down the side of the mountain. Most of us made two trips down! After fulfilling our need for speed we headed for some Black Forest Cake, coffee and a quick hike up to see the waterfalls. The cake was excellent! And of course P. Kitty had to have a Kebap. After a little shopping in the area we headed back to the hotel to freshen up before dinner at Hirsch Restaurant in Moenchweiler.

Largest cuckoo clock in the world (yep check the Guiness book of world records)

 

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