The weather is getting colder and colder now. Sometimes, we are already reaching sub-zero temperature. Our temperature is getting up to -5 deg Celsius. This is not really so bad compared to other parts in Europe. Last week was milder because we had around 2 to 8 degrees Celsius.
Last December 2010 was my first sight of the Black Forest. We did not had a trip there but we only passed this part of wooded mountain range in Baden-Württemberg, southwestern Germany. Germans called it Schwarzwald in which “Schwarz” means black and “Wald” means forest. I am not quite sure if our driver made a detour as we were on our way to Strasbourg from Zurich, Switzerland. I tried to look on google maps and from Zurich to Strasbourg will only take around two and a half hours. I guessed it us over three hours to reach our destination that time.
Have you also heard about Black forest cake? I am not quite sure if this is related to this place in Germany. It is said that it is called Black Forest because the
Romans who referred to the thickly forested mountains there as Silva Nigra or Silva Carbonara (Latin for “Black Forest”). It is because of the dense growth of conifers in the forest which blocked out most of the light inside the forest. (more…)