6 Aug 2014

Holiday in the Harz, Germany

My family and I (fifteen in total) enjoyed some days in the Harz - the highest mountain range in Northern Germany. 

Me and the offspring, Kaiser Pfalz, City of Goslar

Deciding for the proper attire I took into calculation the weather forecast (max temperatures of 20-24 degrees Celcius, likelyhood of rain every day), the altitude of the "Berg Hotel" (mountain hotel), the walking tracks and the small size of the nearby urban areas.

The area surrounding the Berg Hotel in the village Hahnenklee

So I went for 3 generic ensembles: breeches and Fair Isle knit for walking in the country side; a town & country suit in thorn proof tweed for visiting local urban areas and a Dinner Suit (we dined at the "Berg Hotel" every evening). 
Furthermore a Bond style flat cap and a brown wool felt Fedora; A pair of tan Oxford full brogues, a pair of dark brown Derby brogues and of course a pair of patent leather Oxfords; Shirtings and ties in plenty. 
Only regret is the wool felt Fedora which proved too warm - a straw hat would have been the better choice.

Visiting the Wernigerode Castle
Wernigerode Castle - original a Medieval stronghold was rebuild to present looks in the 1890s

As the hotel settings offered a private withdrawing room for our family I also brought my dressing gown, which is just right for taking of the suit jacket and relaxing with the family after a heavy German evening meal. 

On the way to the withdrawing room at the hotel for a restorative drink after Dinner.
As a little kuriosum I always use my Red Ensign as top layer in the suitcase when abroad.
This wooden church from 1908 is the main attraction in Hahnenklee

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