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Urban Sketching in Baden-Baden

Today was a beautiful day for visiting Baden-Baden–sunny, breezy, and cool, especially above the town at this “altes Schloß” or old castle.  The upper part of this castle was constructed in 1100 A.D. Almost no one was around…indeed, this entire sketch was completed without seeing a soul in the vicinity, and the only sounds were of birds singing and trees rustling in a gentle wind.

Later,  down the mountainside, through winding roads past thermal springs and Roman baths, and in and out of a cathedral alive with an unforgettably beautiful organ and horn recital.  Then, further still down the cobblestoned alleyways and staircases, past elegant hotels and shops and inviting restaurants…  At last, we are on the stately grounds of the Trinkhalle near the River Oos.  There is so much history here…one almost feels transported to an earlier era.  There’s time for an “eiskafe” on an open-air terrace next to a lemon tree, listening to the sound of waterfalls in the river streaming by just below..  No wonder so many people flock to this city! So much to sketch…so little time!

Illustration:  Pen and ink and watercolor by Black Elephant Blog author

Illustration: Pen and ink and watercolor by Black Elephant Blog author

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