First up, Benediktbeuern. We made the 45-minute drive on a Saturday to meet up with friends from home--another American mom-German dad family--and friends and family of theirs. They've been visiting Benediktbeuern for the past several summers, and we can see why: a pretty Kloster, a train station, and hiking trails that are kid- and parent-friendly out the wazoo (a trail of wood and stone sound sculptures; a trail that rewards an hour's hike with an eco-playground, zipline, and raft hidden in a wooded marsh; and a "barefoot path" that encourages you to take off your shoes and feel the textures underfoot).
|This worm was longer than a 7-yr-old's shoe|
|The day began with sunshine, and then a storm swept through in the afternoon. We returned from our walk just as the skies opened up.|
Finally, a quick trip to meet the newest member of the family.
|Baby L is E's first cousin once removed|
|We enjoyed dinner in an award-winning establishment...|
|...that is part of the "nice toilets" movement. (We thought that was funny, until I looked it up online: new public toilets are expensive to build, so participating establishments post the sticker to let the public know they're welcome to use the toilet for free. Smart, and very German.)|