Taking the water

Tomorrow I’m off on my travels once again, this time visiting friends in the Black Forest. ¬†Not just a jolly, there’s a health dividend too.

I’m going to Baden-Baden in Germany’s Schwarzwald (‘black forest’) to ‘take the waters’ at the town’s famous thermal springs where the water comes out of the ground at a delicious 38C. Instead of two half-hour sessions of hydrotherapy per week I shall be having hydrotherapy every day for a couple of hours each time!

The Caracalla Spa complex in the town centre is superb (I’ve visited it several times before). Bathing in the thermal spring water is particularly good for spinal and locomotive problems such as my present affliction.

Twelve natural springs rise from depths of around 6,500 feet and provide an awesome bathing experience in the huge glass spa building. A romantic hot and cold rock grotto, bubbling whirlpools, waterfalls, counter-current pools and massaging water jets contribute to an amazing feeling of well-being whilst you let yourself float away under a canopy of shimmering light.

I met my friends Kerstin & Christian Fleischer on Papua New Guinea’s River Sepik in 1992 and we’ve remained in contact ever since. This will, however, be our first meeting for about eight years.

My planned route to Baden-Baden

My planned route to Baden-Baden

As usual I’ll be tweeting my overland journey from England to Germany (via Eurotunnel) and I’m sure I’ll also post a few updates on things I do whilst there.

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