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“Breakfast in Switzerland…lunch in Germany…dinner in France…Life’s a beach but touring Europe is way better!” – Me

This is day 8 of the tour and indeed we are all over Europe. We have been for the last days as we slept in different hotels every night since we’ve landed in Milan. After that buffet breakfast in our hotel in Lucerne where I find them no different from all the other hotels we’ve been as they served the same egg, ham, bacon, cereal, etc. but every day we still ate them anyway,  we head on to Titisee, Germany.

Baden-Württemberg, south-western part of Germany is where you will find Titisee. A country side with a very scenic view. All in one place you will see the lake and the forest that gives a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. Titisee named from Roman Emperor Titus, he is best known for completing the Colosseum and for his generosity in relieving the suffering caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius of Pompeii in AD 79. In addition to his accolades, he also conquered Jerusalem during his reign.

In Titisee it’s impossible not to catch the Black Forest or ‘Schwarzwald’ in German.  It got its name named from its dark, slightly sinister canopy of evergreens. Indeed it was a sunny day when we’re  there but looking at that forest somehow doesn’t make the sun lights able to penetrate and pierce thru those thick dark pine trees and the darkness of the sun-blocking dense coniferous trees is worthy of its name. This woodland is the setting of countless Grimm Brothers fairy tales i.e. this is where Hansel and Gretel encountered the wicked witch and where Red Riding Hood trailed to her grandma’s house.

The touristy village of Titisee is home of the cuckoo clock most of the shops sell them here and a  variety of branded watches, jewelleries, wallets and accessories as well. They also had a market going on in this place where you can purchase fresh fruits, flavour beers, and wines.  We all had lunch in Hochfirst where the waitresses wore traditional German dress called dirndl. The ambiance at the restaurant was amazing as they offered a panoramic view of the backdrop of the adjacent Black Forest and the Lake. At mealtime they first served a small bowl of vegetable soup which I quite like because I like salty, then fries, and rice with the main course of pork knuckle. I would have loved it more with spicy vinegar but their dip was not that bad.

The star attraction was the dessert – the black forest cake with Ice wine – The cake is named not directly after the Black Forest but rather from the specialty liquor of this region, known as Schwarzwälder Kirsch (wasser) and distilled from tart cherries. Black Forest cake consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer then the cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings. The Ice wine was too goooood! Ultra-rich, super sweet dessert wine, a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. It was discovered by a German winemaker who was away from his vineyard during harvest and when he returned all of his grapes had been frozen on the vine. Undeterred he carried out the unorthodox harvest as usual and proceeded to press his frozen grapes for fermentation. The result, the first eiswein.