Writing about green spaces and parks in Germany the other week reminded me of a fun part of my summers growing up outside of Cologne: trips to the lakes in the region. Many of the lakes in Germany are actually what we call a Talsperre (a lake created by a dam). And we have plenty of those around Cologne Aggertalsperre, Wiehltalsperre, Genkel, and many more. We’d pack our towels, maybe some snacks and drinks and decide which one we’d go to. I think I spent most of my time at the Aggertalsperre. It’s very close to Gummersbach and very easy to get to. We’d usually park close to the dam itself and then walk a little ways until we found an empty spot at the water and made our way down the steep ways between the trees before plopping down to soak up some sun. Not what you’d call accessible, but I think there are parts of it that are. Years ago I actually did some scuba diving in the Aggertalsperre as well. I wasn’t too fond of it though… the visibility is kind of bad and there’s not that much to see – at least not where we went in. I much prefer scuba diving in Egypt 😉 Other peoplerent kanus or kayaks and you see quite a few people in little sailboats on the Aggertalsperre as well when the weather is good.
Lately, when Marco and I have been travelling to Germany it was too cold to actually lay out in the sun and head into the water. Instead we’ve been going for walks and enjoying the nature. Sometimes when running in Lubbock, I miss these pretty green sights. Usually however, I am thrilled with the awesome blue Texas sky and don’t miss rainy Germany too much – except for my family of course. For this Travel Photo Thursday, I thought I’d show you some pretty pictures of one of my hangout spots when I was growing up. Enjoy the Aggertalsperre 🙂 It was actually one of a few lakes from my region that made it into famous ads for Krombacher, a beer. And it’s perfect for walks as it has a walkway all around the lake. I’ve never gone completely around, but I think it’s probably at least an hour or two. Some people go jogging other people bring their bikes, and we brought along my sister and niece with her stroller and explored nature much slower. There were huge ant hills, big snails, lots of fruit like the little forest strawberries shown below and some raspberries, as well as some ugly-looking mushrooms. What I like best about the Aggertalsperre is the little island in the middle. I’ve never actually been on it, but I like looking at it from the different sides of the lake. So pretty!
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