“One day it occurred to me that it had been many years since the world had been afforded the spectacle of a man adventurous enough to undertake a journey in Europe on foot.” is the opening sentence of Mark Twain’s ‘A Tramp Abroad‘
Having just been to Heidelberg and wandered around the woods on the Königsstuhl I also found this to be true: “One never tires of poking about in the dense woods that clothe all these lofty Neckar hills to their tops. The great deeps of a boundless forest have a
beguiling and impressive charm in any country; but German legends and fairy tales have given these an added charm.They have peopled all that region with gnomes, and dwarfs, and all sorts of mysterious and uncanny creatures. ”
But I’m digressing.. more on gnomes and mysterious creatures in another post, this one is the first of a random selection of ways of traveling other than ‘on foot’.
There are too many to mention in one ‘sitting’ (I will return to the subject in the future), so here are 3 of my favourites:
- In a trunk / suitcase
as in Hans-Christian Andersen’s rather surreal ‘The Flying Trunk‘ (the tale within the tale has kettles, matches, brooms and other household items compete for superiority).
2. On a broom
as in Otfried Preussler’s ‘Die kleine Hexe‘. A wonderful story (and childhood favourite) about a little, good witch and her adventures with her trusted companion, the raven Abraxas.
3. With an umbrella
Yes, you all know this one – but what’s not to like?
More soon – travels with a cockchafer, anyone?