Black Forest 1980

Germany again, with Basil, by motorcycle. We crossed France and the Rhein to reach the Black Forest where we camped just outside Wolfach, at Kinzigtal. One of the highlights of the trip was driving a rather overladen machine up the road on the German side of the river: a one in one gradient, hairpin bends and a quaint mix of road and rail bridges crossing a mountain torrent. Another of the highlights, or maybe it should be a lowlight, was the open-air museum at Gutach. Alas, the weather was not so kind, with lowering black clouds, thunderstorms and torrential rain. I found myself trying to photograph gloomy wooden interiors by "night" with no flash or tripod. The results are too poor to publish!

We noticed on the map that Switzerland, in the guise of the Rheinfalls, was not too far away, so off we went to conquer another country. (Yes, I too have eaten a, very expensive, Swiss ice-cream cone.) This day was also memorable as Basil dropped his lens cap - from the bridge - into the Rhein. It's probably now part of the North Sea eco-system.

On the way home, we passed back through France and broke our journey at Reims. We visited a champagne "cave" and enjoyed the free guided tour. The proprietor was rather disappointed when we pointed out that carrying a case of champagne on the back of a motorcycle was not the best idea!

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Around Wolfach
Up the road from the campsite
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Around Wolfach
Looking back down the valley
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Around Wolfach
Stream & drinking-fountain
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Around Wolfach
Looking back up the valley
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Around Wolfach
Watermill near the campsite
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Around Wolfach
The water-wheel
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Around Wolfach
Outdoor oven
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Around Wolfach
Roadworks & rushing water
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Around Wolfach
Railway signals
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Around Wolfach
Level-crossing
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Wolfach
Public park
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Wolfach
Mural - distillery
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Wolfach
Mural - log-rafting
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Wolfach
High Street
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Wolfach
The River Wolfach
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Wolfach
Rathaus (Townhall)
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Wolfach
Farmhouse - entry to loft
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Hausach
Scenic view
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Local Interest
Strip-cultivation on hillsides
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Local Interest
The Black Forest
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Local Interest
Not so black forest
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Local Interest
On the plateau top
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Gutach Museum
Retired farmer's house
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Gutach Museum
Farmhouse "Hippenseppenhof"
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Gutach Museum
"Hippenseppenhof" - porch
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Gutach Museum
"Hippenseppenhof" - granary
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Gutach Museum
"Hippenseppenhof" - chapel
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Gutach Museum
"Vogtsbauernhof" & granary
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Gutach Museum
Log-raft
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Gutach Museum
Fruit press?
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Gutach Museum
Plough-guide?
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Gutach Museum
Oilmill - exterior
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Gutach Museum
Water-wheel of hammer-smithy