June 2014 - After a week in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, I ventured off to southern Germany to explore the Allgäu region. The Allgäu is a beautiful place - a great destination to get away and relax from the hustle and bustle of life. It's green, with a bounty of mountains, trails, lakes and streams. Just think of the "hills are alive" from the Sound of Music and that is what the Allgäu is like.
I was fortunate to spend 3 days here and be guided by Birgit Huffman, founder Fond O' Foods, who welcomed me to her homeland with such open arms, care and love! My co-worker connected me with Birgit before I left the US and I don't think my experience in the Allgäu would have been as exciting if it wasn't for Birgit. She is an inspiring businesswoman who is really passionate about bringing naturally good food to people - hence the creation of her company. She imports a 100% grass and grass-hay butter from the region and it was fascinating to see the entire process of how the butter is made! California is known for their "happy cows," but I would have to say the Allgäu is the true place that has "happy cows." Literally, these German cows have open pastures and luscious grass everywhere!
It's hard to describe the beauty of the Allgäu. Ever since I left, I still day dream of going back. I would add it to my top 10 places to live. :)
Here was my itinerary in Germany:
- Day 1 - Train from Emilia-Romagna to Seeg, Germany
- Day 2 - Hiking
- Day 3 - Fond O' Foods Tour - Check out the facility that makes butter and cheese; visit the family dairy farms
- Day 4 - Bike around Seeg
- Day 5 - Depart Germany back home to the US
Day 1 - My train ride to Germany
Day 2 - Hiking in the Allgäu
Day 3 - Fond O' Foods Tour
Day 4 - Biking around Seeg.
Day 5 - Farewell Germany...Back to the US.