I felt very nostalgic editing all these photos and thinking up what I wanted to write out in this post. This was our very last day trip in Germany before heading back stateside for good. D and I had driven past Limburg an der Lahn about 4 dozen times on trips to Cologne and onward to Belgium (and beyond). It was the village we could see from the Autobahn...the one with the beautiful church that commanded a low-lying valley and the half-timbered town below it. We talked about visiting it every single time we drove past, so it seemed quite fitting to have it be the last town we wandered around just 24 hours before departing Germany. A few close friends joined us for exploring, making it even more special to us both.
We did a lot of the usual...snapping photos, shopping for gummie bears (I bought 50 euro worth to bring back home--worth it!), and commenting on the colorful quaintness these towns are always so good at showcasing. I also did a lot of stopping and "taking it all in" that day. A lot of letting the current moment sink in and reveling in the 3 years of German perfection we were about to let go of. I appreciated the flower boxes a little more. The Riesling at lunch tasted a bit sweeter. The cobblestone streets under my feet became a bit more charming. I let Limburg bear hug me until the second we hopped back in the car to head back to Wiesbaden (for the last time). There was nothing particularly unique about this town when comparing it to all we'd seen around Germany, but it was the last of the lasts, so it rests comfortably in my mind as bittersweet memory of just how idyllic Germany was all the time.
It's safe to say there will always be a Germany-shaped hole in my heart filled will beautiful places like Limburg. To those of you new to your adventure in Deutschland, be sure to add Limburg to your undoubtedly long list of day trips. No better day tripping material. And be sure to bear hug it right back for me. ;)
If you'd like to read more of our day trips around Germany, visit my WANDERLUST page!