LAST SATURDAY, MY boyfriend came and woke me with a surprise. He said we would want cameras where we were going; checked the weather; packed a blanket and some pastries; and took us on our way.

Fast forward 50 minutes and we were in Blaubeuren, Germany – home of the Blautopf. The Blautopf (meaning Blue Pot) is the second largest spring in Germany with an intricate cave system 60 feet below its surface. Divers go down on a regular basis and, thanks to them, I was able to bring home a pair of blue, polished geode bookends from the bottom of the spring (I can’t wait to show you those beauties). We sat by the ink-blue water and ate our pastries, did some (seriously) light hiking up into the hills, and visited the monastery down the street. It was a holiday weekend well spent.

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