The best part for us, about living in Deutschland is the ability to be able to travel to other countries. To our good luck, Lohr am Main is positioned so nicely on the map that we are roughly 3 to 4 hours away from the borders of the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Luxembourg,Switzerland, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Though it will be a dream come true to really be able to experience cultures in these different countries, am grateful for the fact that we are able to soak in and enjoy whatever comes our way. And one way of doing this is by living in a ferienwohnung or a vacation home as it is called.
(Lavender flowers outside the windows)
Not only do you get to experience living in an authentic home, you are surrounded by locals too, which gives you an opportunity to have a quick chat. Be it the baker, butcher, souvenir or a wine shop, people are curious to know about you, where you come from and love telling stories about their village or town and also have the best suggestions to give you, sometimes advice the tourist information may have overlooked.
(Lake Brienz as seen from our vacation home)
We discovered the joys of living in a vacation home by chance. Having got fed up living in crammed hotel rooms and paying double the price (quadruple rooms cost a bomb!!), our first experience in a ferienwohnung took us by surprise. Not only did we have an entire house all to ourselves with the kids having their own room, we loved the fact that we could also have breakfast in our pajamas, the lazy way..:) There was no mad rush to freshen up, dress and run down before the breakfast counter closed!!
(The herbs in the kitchen garden and the table where we sat up late nights drinking wine and looking out into the lake and mountains)
The past few months have seen us holidaying in some beautiful homes. All the while it never struck me to take shots of the places we lived. Not being forgetful this time, I did manage to take a few before leaving. Saved the best for last. Below are all views from different rooms of the house at different times(either early morning or late night)
(The village of Brienz)
Have a nice week everybody. I hope to write more stories about our Swiss travel here on the blog!!