Here in Germany, Ascension is a Bank Holiday. It always falls on a Thursday, making Friday a popular day off for most people.
This year, both O.K. and I had to work on the Friday, meaning we were each on our own for the 21st of May and saw each other only on the weekend. We have had this situation a few times in the past years, and it has become something like a tradition for my sister and I to spend that day together, like we did here, for instance.
We took advantage of the sunny weather and went for a walk, on a circuit that my sister chose from a book she has.
The first leg of the round trip was by train, starting in Ludwigsburg; just two stops until Freiberg (wearing our masks, of course), where we took our time exploring the old part of the small town (without masks).
You can find Freiberg's wikipedia entry in English here. If you scroll down to the headline "Notable buildings", you will find information on the buildings we looked at:
Beihingen Old Castle:
I found this view towards the church rather picturesque:
New Castle, on the other side of the road from the Old Castle:
View from the church (which was locked) towards the Old Castle:
Eventually, we left the town and walked towards the river, where the route from my sister's book took us along the "Old Neckar", an abandoned arm of the river not suited for ships and nowadays a nature reserve:
After several kilometers of walking, we saw the small town of Ingersheim ahead:
We decided it was time for a break, and had our picnic (provided by my sister) near here, not far from the river but away from the endless stream of cyclists on the paved path:
Ingersheim is, as you can see, similar in character to Freiberg. I loved the Renaissance banister on the staircase outside the church. (Sorry about the foggy picture - it definitely was NOT foggy that day! I guess the sun played tricks with my mobile phone's camera.)
A short way after Ingersheim, we entered the forest of Bietigheim. No pictures from there, I'm afraid. At one time we came across a pond so full of frogs we could hear them from far away - it never ceases to amaze me how those small animals can make such a racket!
After the woods, the route was across fields (look how dry everything is round here) until we reached the outskirts of Bietigheim.
In Bietigheim, we took the train back to Ludwigsburg, of course once again wearing our masks as required by law these days.
In Ludwigsburg, "my" Irish pub (where I used to go to the pub quiz "before Corona" and had my 50th birthday party two years ago) was open - seating and serving was only happening outdoors on the market square, though. We gladly took the opportunity to have a refreshing cider (me) and beer (my sister); it was nice to do something so normal - even though the waiters wear masks and I had to put mine on, too, when I briefly went inside for the toilet.
My sister came back to my place with me, where we had coffee at the table in the corner under the cherry tree.
What a nice day it had been! We already have plans for a different walk in the same area for some time later this year.