Through the Viewfinder
And What Alice Found There
Last weekend I decided to fly over to Germany to visit one of my school friends. I'd only visited Germany once before this - a school trip to Munich around 8 years ago. I was excited to visit the country again, not only to catch up with Kerry but also have the chance to explore a new city...
I arrived in Stuttgart late Friday night, and after meeting Kerry at the arrivals gate we took the S-Bahn straight through to the central station called Haupbahnhof. From there we hopped on a bus which took us to Kerry's neighbourhood and another 5 minute walk took us to her house. The whole process seemed really easy, with trains and buses running regularly to loads of different areas at good prices. After an evening of catching up over a home cooked meal we got a reasonably early night ready for a day of exploring on Saturday. The next morning we woke early, made breakfast (waffles and syrup - amazing!) and then headed into the city centre.
We wandered along a street lined with clothes shops towards Schlossplatz - the main square. Around the edges of the square was the odd souvenir shop, cute cafes, bars, and art galleries. The weather was lovely with blue sky and sunshine so we took our time walking around admiring the architecture. Afterwards we headed into a gallery shaped like a huge glass cube called the Kunstmuseum - we didn't pay to look around the exhibits but instead headed up the free glass elevator to the top floor for beautiful views looking gout over Schlossplatz.
We spent the rest of the day exploring various areas of Stuttgart including the shopping centre, a couple of small street markets, the Market Hall, the Library and Feuersee (a beautiful church surrounded by a frozen lake, which we decided to have a quick skate on whilst we were there!) before heading back for another home cooked meal and a well deserved glass of wine.
After a glass of wine turned into two bottles of wine, two cocktails and about four vodkas, we emerged from a nightclub around 5am and decided to call it a night! I can safely say I have well and truly experienced the German night life and it did not disappoint! After a slow start to Sunday we finally dragged ourselves out of the house for a walk up to a view point looking out over the entire city. It was lovely and refreshing - another bright and chilly day with some very cute donkeys living in a field at the top. We also witnessed some people acting out a medieval fight which was interesting to say the least! After strolling around for a few hours taking in the views we headed back home for a cosy night in with the cats and a Bratwurst sandwich.
The next morning I packed up all my things and we headed out on an early bus to cram in some last activities before I needed to set off for the airport. The weather on my last day was a bit rubbish (typical) with some heavy rain showers at times but by late morning they had passed and it cleared up a bit. We spent the morning walking around Killesberg Park trying not to fall over on the icy paths which was quite entertaining! The park was almost empty as most people wouldn't bother going in the rain but it was still nice to walk around, and we also found some cute horses living in some stables up there. We then went back to Schlossplatz to look in a few shops where I bought yet another shot glass to add to my worldwide collection. By this point we were quite hungry so we chose to go for a meal at a quirky little place called Lumen. Finally, after a weekend full of adventures it was time to say goodbye and Kerry dropped me off at the station where I caught an S-Bahn back to the airport.
Overall it was such a fun weekend - a great place to catch up, explore some new places and eat great food! Stuttgart is somewhere I would usually have overlooked when thinking of visiting Germany but for a short weekend away it proved to be a great escape with plenty to do and see! I hope to visit Germany again some day and explore some more traditional areas - maybe even visit the Christmas Markets as they sound amazing!
Now it's only 59 days until my next adventure to the USA, watch this space for blog posts and photos as there's bound to be loads to share with you...