Last weekend was spent in an area around 150 km from my home town, south from here in the Baden part of Baden-Wuerttemberg*.
We went walking in the beautiful countryside around the village where I was staying. It was sunny, but a cold wind was blowing. That did not stop me from getting my camera out and taking some pictures during our walk:
Coming out of the woods to beautiful - if slightly hazy - views of the surrounding area, including a castle which name I'm afraid I've forgotten:
Vineyards are everywhere here, it is a region well known for good food and wine:
On the way back towards the village:
It was a very pleasant weekend, feeling like a mini holiday, and I am sure many more will follow.
The mini holiday is doubly welcome as I am going to spend about half of the Easter weekend working on a translation assignment I only received last night and will have to deliver early next week. Don't worry, though - I will still allow for enough time to get some rest, eat well and spend time with the family.
Happy Easter to you!
* For those of you who want to know: Germany consists of 16 member states (hence the official full name "Federal Republic of Germany"). The state I live in is Baden-Wuerttemberg. Up until the First World War, most of these states had kings or at least dukes and counts as their heads. Baden-Wuerttemberg did not yet exist - there were two sepearate states, Baden and Wuerttemberg. When and how the dukedom of Wuertemberg became a kingdom I have briefly explained here.
The two states were merged into one only in 1952, and many people still emphasize the differences (not in a negative sense) between Baden and Wuerttemberg, when it comes to character, landscape, language, cuisine and traditions.