Zurich was only the first part of our fortnight off in September. After a brief stop at O.K.'s home, we packed our bags again and set off for the Black Forest on Sunday afternoon.
Where we went is actually not that far away from O.K.'s; if all goes well, it takes about 2 hours. But it took longer than that, as there was a long detour due to roadworks. We were later told that there had been a landslide on one of the narrow roads through the forest, and that was what the builders were fixing.
Our hotel was more or less in the middle of nowhere. There is a German term for remote places like that: "Wo sich Fuchs und Hase Gutenacht sagen", where fox and hare say good-night to each other. It's not even a hamlet, let alone a village: just a few buildings (the hotel, a horse stable, one other house, a barn and a chapel), and there is no mobile phone reception. At the hotel, there is no WiFi for the guests, and there are no TV sets on the rooms.
But there are horses, pigs and cows (on the fields, not in the rooms!), there are birds and other woodland animals, and there is of course the forest.
I am not too keen on leather furniture and therefore could have done without the leather headboard, and the shelves at the sides were a little impractical, but overall we liked our room; it was clean and cosy, and we had our own part of the balcony:
Walking around the building, you can see where our room is - at the far end of the geraniums on the balcony:
Looking at the hotel from further away:
View of the valley we drove through to get to the hotel. Off the main road, a narrow lane leads about 5 km along the valley, which opens up towards the end - and this is where someone at some stage decided to build a hotel.