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Longing for lakes or the sea…

My yearning for water has intensified with the recent stifling heat we’ve been experiencing!! As I’ve almost always lived near the sea or at least a very large lake, I feel I need to start researching swimming options nearby. There is nothing better than plunging yourself into cool refreshing water to make scorching weather more tolerable ūüôā I know there are plenty of swimming pools and spas here locally, but the thought of them probably becoming¬†over-crowded the minute it’s very warm just isn’t that appealing to me. At least it’s very lush and green in the Wiesbaden area¬†and walking in the woods does cool you down a bit!!

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The only lake I’ve been to so far whilst living in Germany is¬†Lake Constance, which is the¬†country’s¬†largest lake. It was very beautiful, but as we spent Christmas there it was the wrong time of year for swimming!! At the time, however, I thought it would be lovely to visit again in the summer. Below you can see some pics I snapped when it was chilly, now I think it just looks refreshing!!! I can imagine how gorgeous this area is in the summer ūüôā

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I’ve also heard that Lake Alpsee¬†by¬†Neuschwanstein castle is very scenic! I wonder if it might be good for swimming as well‚Ķ If anyone out there has been, I’d love to hear of your experience. I’ve also seen pictures and heard good things about¬†Lake M√ľritz,¬†K√∂nigssee & Titesee. The closest lake I know of,¬†Mummelsee, is still quite a long 2 1/2 hour drive from Wiesbaden and I believe it is rather¬†small, so I suspect it gets packed on balmy weather ūüė¶ Would love to hear of pretty and peaceful lakes that are a shorter drive¬†to Wiesbaden (near Frankfurt)!!!

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konigsee4 The above photos of Königssee are from the website: http://www.bayern.by/koenigssee

For now I’m trying to cool down with fans, ice water, cool showers and by closing all the shutters on the windows to block out the intense sun. To think I initially hated the look of window¬†shutters here in Germany, which are usually¬†not like the pretty wooden shutters on French houses ; they are actually very functional and do serve their purpose. Now I’m so grateful I didn’t have them removed, as our¬†builder talked us out of it!!!!