Back in 2006, my sister Sarah won a scholarship to spend the summer in Europe, studying art. She spent a month in Rome and a month in Norway before my brother and I met up with her in August to travel around together.
We flew into Amsterdam, rode the train to Berlin and then to Prague, took a cable car to the highest point in Germany, strolled the streets of Paris, rode bikes to Monet’s garden in Giverney and drank beer and ate chocolate in Brussels. All in three weeks.
Next week, my brother and I will be landing in Zurich on Christmas Day. Sarah now lives in Freiburg, Germany with her husband Nik and the four of us are scheming plans for Mortons in Europe, Part 2.
At first, we were all pitching wild ideas for Spain, the Canary Islands, Italy and Vienna. But then we realized it’s winter and far flung travel won’t be as easy. Plus, Sarah and Nik have an apartment in Freiburg, so we have a free place to stay. We’ve already done the whirlwind European tour, so this time we’re going to focus on a region within a few hours of Freiburg.
When traveling, especially in Europe, there’s always such a temptation to see as many places as possible. There is something to be said for the whirlwind tour of major cities – it’s something of a logistical right of passage for every young backpacker – but I’m also looking forward to spending two weeks exploring Freiburg, the German countryside, and a few nearby small towns and cities.
Even staying within a small geographical area, there will be plenty to see: Freiburg is in southern Germany, on the edge of the Black Forest, near the borders with France and Switzerland. On the last trip, we took a ride through the countryside in southern Germany and it was so lovely. I can’t wait to see it in winter!
Check out Sarah’s paintings! She’s amazing. And stay tuned for Mortons in Europe, Part 2!