Travel Diary: Exploring Karlsruhe, Skiing in the Black Forest and Life in Germany

I can't believe I've only been living in Germany for just over two weeks - it feels like a lifetime in the best possibly way. It's been such a bizarre experience so far. I expected to feel really homesick but, whilst of course I do miss my family (and well up every time I watch the ending scenes of any Modern Family episode), I've settled into life here rather nicely. I've enjoyed having so much time to work on this Blog and I've loved exploring my new city more and more.

Today I thought I'd share some pictures of what I got up to on my first few days doing touristy bits here in Karlsruhe and even venturing further afield to do a spot of skiing. 

First stop was my favourite spot in the city - the 'Schloss' or Palace to my fellow Englishmen. The Schloss is such a beautiful building with an enormous park and gardens surrounding which are perfect for aimless wandering with a cup of hot takeaway coffee in hand. 

Then we headed to the Natural History museum. I was really impressed actually, I feel like the London Natural History Museum is so expansive you feel like you haven't scratched the surface when you visit for an hour or two, whereas this one was the perfect size for us, especially as it was mid afternoon and our feet were a little sore from all the walking.

These photos don't do the place justice but it was actually really interesting. We didn't realise this at the time as we visited on a Wednesday but on Friday afternoons after 2pm all museums in Karlsruhe are free. Having said this the museums are very inexpensive - I believe we paid only 3 euro each.

The following day we checked the forecast really early, pulled on our thermals and headed for the mountains of the Black Forest.

The weather was very much on the overcast side but the mountains were still breathtakingly beautiful.

Fuelled up on pretzels fresh from the bakery we donned our skis and played about on piste. For some reason I didn't get a picture of me skiing so the following taken on my mum's phone will have to do!
I wore my Musto ski jacket (similar here), H&M hat, O'neill Ski Trousers, Musto Thermal Top, Musto Thermal Leggings I wear an XS/S in both the thermal top and leggings - this size is a perfect fit for women size 8 - 12. Honestly cannot recommend these thermals enough!, Gap Fit top (similar here) and Gap Fit Sports Tights (similar here). 

After a good couple of hours we stopped for lunch - falling over is hungry work you know. I went for a traditional Currywurst and a piping hot Gluwein which both really hit the spot!

The rest of the afternoon was spent on the slopes, throwing snowballs and drinking hot chocolate before retiring back to Karlsruhe for a much needed early night.

The following morning we rose quite a bit later for a mooch around town. Paul's family took us back to the Schloss to take a trip up the tower for an amazing view of the city.

Sadly I didn't make it past this spiral staircase as I felt really dizzy when I got about halfway up and couldn't will myself any further forward, so Paul took the camera with him and managed to grab some shots from the top!

I'll leave this one here for now for fear of this post going on forever, but I already have some more exploring travel posts written and ready to go which I can't wait to share on here! For now I hope you've enjoyed my whirlwind photo tour of Karlsruhe and the Black Forest and keep an eye out to see more very shortly.

Ella x


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