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In BIG pictures: the beauty of Bavaria’s small historic towns

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A land of beer gardens, world famous festivals, jolly fun loving locals and fairytale-esque scenery – from romantic half timbered towns to towering castles and ancient dense forests, Bavaria – Southern Germany –  is a place that has induced a fascination in many an overseas traveller. Some of my family hail from Bavaria and back in the summer I paid them a visit, taking the chance absorb the sights of both the gorgeous unspoilt countryside and beautiful small historic towns at the same time. Perfectly preserved by a sparse population and high regard for a traditional way of life, this part of Germany easily offers some of the most picturesque scenery. I visited the Bavarian Forest (which forms the largest continuous woodland area in Europe), the mighty Danube River and the historic UNESCO listed town of Regensburg – the first capital of Bavaria where two millennia of history has bequeathed the city some of its finest architectural heritage and then finally stopping at the small but beautifully formed Straubing, the seat of an old duchy and a colourful Renaissance town with a distinctive Gothic belfry. Here is my journey in BIG Pictures…

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Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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