|Today we went in search of Hansel and Gretel in the Black Forest.........we first took a train to Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Enroute, we passed numerous vineyards and there were grapevines as far as the eye could see......we used to think the Okanagan Valley had a lot of grapes.......we got off the train in Freiburg and discovered that we still had a ways to go before we were actually in the Black Forest so we wandered around the town for a bit, saw some sights and did some shopping and had to have some black forest cake, seeing as how we were on the edge of the Black Forest. There was a local market today and we found out that there was a Wine Festival going on as well. Since we had come to see the Black Forest, we headed back to the train station and boarded a train for Titisee. This train took us up into the mountains and when we got off, we found ourselves in a tourist town very similar to Banff or Jasper, right on a lake. The views were very nice and we walked about all the shops, admiring the authentic Black Forest cuckoo clocks...there were hundreds and most of them in each store were ticking away; the salespeople anxious to show you as many as possible and to let you hear each one's cuckoo and where they had figurines, what each one of those did and the tunes that they played, for example Eidelweis or Happy Wanderer. After a couple of hours we were not able to find Hansel and Gretel so it was time to head back to Freiburg and check out the Wine Fest...we made our way back to the market square and found that the vendors had all gone and their spaces were now occupied by tents set up for wine and food service at the Wine Fest. We stopped at a booth set up by Wolfenweiler Wines and enjoyed a nice crisp cold white wine from Baden.......we neglected to get the name of it, but it probably wouldn't matter as most of the wines that you get to try over here don't get sold in Canada or the US as their production is limited. Since we were at a Wine Festival we decided to try some of the local cuisine that had been selected for the wines that were being sampled...first up we had the "Gebratene Jakobmuschlen auf Selleriepuree und Curry Sauce". We asked our server exactly what we would be having and she translated "mussels" from "muschlen". We thought that to be reasonable and were pleasantly surprised when she actually brought out large scallops served on a celery root puree......we think that the actual translation would be closer to Coquille St. Jaques.....the chef even came over to see how we were enjoying them and they were absolutely fantastic. By now we were on our second bottle of wine and decided to try the "Gebachene Garnelen mit Chilisauce". These were large deep-fried shrimp served with a wonderful spicy chilisauce and they too were very good......by this time it was getting late and we still had to catch our train back to Basel so we said aulf weidersein to Freiburg and headed on our way.......