Another day, another medieval village

In the incredibly fat file of “things we never quite get round to”, Going Places is really high on the list. Really high. It’s partly for real, practical reasons like lack of time, but mostly because we’ve never formed the habit (and that in turn has a lot to do with real, practical reasons like lack of time/money – we tend to have one or other, but never both – but mostly disorganisation compounded by hermit tendencies). And yet we always say how much we want to Go Places and Do Stuff. Weird.

Anyway so this weekend we actually did. Yesterday we headed up to a medieval village on the Rhine (and right on the German border) which was having a medieval festival – prime excuse for Elfling to wear her fancy dress, which was excuse enough for me to put it on the calendar. And today, with my dad’s partner visiting, we checked out another medieval village on the Rhine (but not the border, though we did briefly pass through Germany en route).

Not actually Kaiserstuhl, but just opposite it across the Rhine.
Not actually Kaiserstuhl, but just opposite it across the Rhine.

Kaiserstuhl, the lesser known of the two, totally wins. Small and simple as it is, it has charm and landscape and good looks in abundance. Stein am Rhein however… well. In general I’m quite okay with being a tourist among tourists. I’m not proud. If there are fun or pretty or cool things to check out, I will check them out, and naturally I expect to encounter others doing the same. But here, somehow, I found it cloying; I could only really enjoy little corners and details.

Yes yes very lovely ugh.
Yes yes very lovely ugh.

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Maybe it’s just too Disney perfect to start with?

Funny how very picturesque places tend to translate to very boring photos (in my hands at least).
Funny how very picturesque places tend to translate to very boring photos (in my hands at least).

Or maybe it’s just that we didn’t get to go for a swim today… and ending yesterday with a splash at the badi was definitely a highlight. Dude agrees. His swimming lesson put him in an AWESOME mood.

"Yes. I am brilliant. Good of you to notice."
“Yes. I am brilliant. Good of you to notice.”

Anyway. It was a lovely weekend, regardless. Incidentally a highlight of the medifest was this band – check out Armin’s video. Especially if you appreciate hot shirtless men in skirts. (As ever, he has better pics of everything else, too.)

Bagpipes! Drums! Hot shirtless men! Fun for the whole family.
Bagpipes! Drums! Hot shirtless men! Fun for the whole family.
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5 thoughts on “Another day, another medieval village”

  1. Wie Gehts! I don’t think your photos are boring! They are actually really beautiful. Clear, like I’m there. If I WERE there, I would totally be that chick in the red dress looking all sultry with that bongo drum. AWWWW YEAH! :-)

      1. Alas I am not. (A little medieviology for you there.) I seem to be caught in the twilight of wanting more children and NOT wanting more children…our shoebox of the house is voting NO for now. :)

        hahaha – perhaps she’s sultry BECAUSE she’s knackered? LOL

  2. A very late response but wow! I love your weekend. The hot shirtless men were great (and the two with the bagpipes at the end were cute too!!). ;)

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