Whilst in Germany last week, we spent a happy day in Limburg (an der Lahn). It's such a pretty place, complete with cute half-timbered houses and evidence of a rich medieval history. It lies in a natural settlement spot - this is one of the richest agricultural areas of the Hesse region, and there's a convenient crossing over the Lahn. I love this river - my parents-in-law live much further upstream, and whenever I take a train from their flat, my journey always begins by following the river as it meanders gently through the valleys.
It was a lovely place to visit - partly because it gave me such a nice sense of the vivid colour of medieval life - despite its hardships, this was not a period of monochrome - and partly because the completeness of the squares was so evocative of bustling markets.
And I had the most delicious Flammkuchen for lunch!