For the majority of people, though, it is simply a welcome interruption of routine, and when the weather is as beautiful as it was here, everybody tries to take in as much autumn sun and fresh air as possible.
My sister and I went for a walk from one of Stuttgart's outskirts. Leaving the car half way up the hill, we walked a pleasant two hours or so through woodland, vineyards and orchards.
I had not brought my camera, but my sister kindly took the pictures you see here (I have her permission to use them) with her mobile phone:
The building on top of the hill in the distance is where we were headed. It deserves its own post.
We came across this overgrown garden with the empty hut - I would have so loved to explore, but didn't venture any further than a few steps towards it:
I like the panoramic pictures - isn't it amazing what the cameras on mobile phones can do these days? My "proper" digital camera is way too old to be that clever!
It was a wonderful walk, and although there were many other people about, everyone was relaxed and it didn't feel too crowded.
On our way back, we stopped at a bakery (some are open for a few hours on Sundays and Bank Holidays, while all other shops are usually closed) and bought some cake. We ended the afternoon with coffees and cake at my place. It was a very good way to spend a day off, and I am glad we made the most of the gorgeous weather.