|Subject: Re: Re: Baden-Baden and Freiburg|
Hi! Don and Linda:
It's been a long time but I remember Baden Baden very well because this trip
was like traveling back in time with my sister (not in our time, but in our
grandparents time) and we were trying to visit places about which they used
to tell us many stories when we were girls. Baden seemed (in our memory)
like a magic and sophisticated place where everything romantic happened.
They used to tell us about the casino and the gardens and all the famous and
infamous people that they had seen there (seen, not met).
We were not disappointed because you immediately could see that it had been
like that. So we had a wonderful time visiting the casino, which is very
elegant and classy. But what we enjoyed the most was walking along the
Lichtentaler Allee. It is a beautiful promenade, planted with all kind of
flower and old trees, along which ran a small river crossed by white bridges
over which you could imagine all those ladies walking under their parasols
while the politicians schemed the next wars. And the light! the October
light was really beautiful.
What I am trying to tell you is that it is not anymore what it was but you
could still see what it was. Don't miss it.
We tried to go to the Roman Baths but, strangely, even though we could see
where they were we could never get there. There was a part of town like a
maze and we got lost driving around the same place over and over.
We didn't see the castles around the area because we had already seen all
the Ludwig castles and that was enough for one trip.
The hotel was very small and very old. We got there very late so we
couldn't choose, but it was clean and cozy, with full bathroom, and we slept
under (or in) eiderdaunes. The only person we saw in attendance was a very
old lady who apparently had never seen a credit card so we had to gather and
count every mark we had. It was very cheap. The name is:
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten /Garni/
I remember we had diner in a very pretty small, sunken? plaza near the
We didn't visit Freiburg, just drove through it, stopped for a coffee and admired the old plaza with the arches and the multicolored spires. Seemed very picturesque. I am sorry I can't help more. Don't miss Baden-Baden!
Marta in Miami