Traube Tonbach, a very beautiful, very traditional, and very luxurious resort hotel overlooking Germany's Black Forest. At the hotel's spa, I experienced Dornbracht's horizontal shower, which felt to me a little bit like lying under a waterfall. In a very, very good way. I also spent the night in a very well-apointed hotel room that is probably bigger than my house, although I still haven't quite figured out the mysteries of European bedding. (What, exactly, does one do with the tiny extra pillow? Is it a sort of pillow-garnish?) Today involved a visit to Stuttgart, where we met with the designer who created the program for the horizontal shower, and then, after a swift drive down the Autobahn, an evening in Iserlohn, at the slightly cozier but equally charming hotel Neuhaus. As a nightcap, we wrapped up our meal of German spargel (asparagus — right in season here) with a nightcap of Lösseler Waldgeist, a local liqueur that tastes a bit like Chartreuse, but piney-er. After we watched the sun set (around 10 pm!) it was off to bed. More to come! (Images: Nancy Mitchell) Nancy is spending this week in Germany as a guest of Dornbracht, checking out what's new with them and exploring all the best Germany has to offer.