Our first visit to a German Freibad… and Chinese food in Nagold!

This morning, I took note of the warm, sunny weather and the fact that I love a good swim.  I said to Bill, “Why don’t we go to the pool in Nagold?”

As expected, Bill was down on the idea.  He doesn’t like pools, mainly because he hates being seen in his bathing suit.  I wasted no time reminding him that just a month ago, he joined me in the buff at a spa in Bad Wildbad.  He had a great time.

“Please…” I begged.  “We don’t have to stay long!”  I was really wanting to try the cool slide at Nagold’s awesome Freibad.  Finally, Bill gave in to my pleading and we headed over there at about noon.  It was four euros each to enter.

It wasn’t too crowded or hot today and we easily found a spot in the shade.  I took a quick dip, then thought better of the slide, which was crowded with kids… some of whom didn’t seem to be paying much attention to people coming down after them.

I enjoyed a brief swim in the super deep pool where the diving boards are, then watched some of the kids doing flips into the water.  A few were doing their best to make the biggest splashes they could– and doing painful belly flops in the process.  They were so full of youthful exuberance.  I remembered when I was a kid, jumping fearlessly off the high dives and sliding down the slides.  We had none of that today, but it was still a lot of fun… at least until the clouds started rolling in…  Anyway, I was mightily impressed by Nagold’s pool.  It beats the ever loving hell out of the public pools we had when I was growing up.

In case you were wondering, yes there are changing rooms (this was one of Bill’s concerns!).  

And there are lockers, too!  You put in a one or two euro coin to take the key.  When you bring the key back, you get your euros back.  There’s also a Biergarten (of course!) that serves food.

Check out that slide!  I will have to try it next time.  We’ll get there earlier so I don’t have to worry about crashing into any kids.  I didn’t see anyone directing traffic, making sure people got out of the way.  I did hear at least one adult screaming all the way down, too.

Bill looks snarky as he takes a seat.  I had to point out that I brought four towels, two to sit on and two for drying off.  He never did get in the water, though.

They have a low dive, high dive, and a platform.  The platform appeared to be closed. 

Bill watched the divers…

This was the main pool, complete with the creepy mushroom shower thing…  It was about waist deep for me.

The rules for the slide…

I liked the deep pool better.  It was really nice, even if I am no competitive swimmer.  I did have to pass a swimming test to graduate from college, though.

Action shot!

The clouds were threatening and I was getting cold, so we decided to go have lunch.  It was raining when we left, but the rain had stopped by the time we put our stuff in the car.  Parking in Nagold is free on Sundays.  There’s also an indoor pool at this park.

We decided to try the Pavillon China Restaurant in Nagold.  It was our first time there.  They have a late pause that starts at 3:00, so we were there in plenty of time.

Obligatory shot of Bill.

We were given cold, refreshing plum juice with our beers.  The inside of the restaurant is very nicely decorated with Asian decor and a large fish tank.  

Bill had a special that included beef, shrimp, and chicken, as well as assorted vegetables.  I had my usual crispy duck, which was served with no mushrooms in it!  Yea!

We got rice…

And pineapple infused sweet and sour sauce came with my duck.  

I really enjoyed the duck.  I didn’t really try Bill’s dish because it had mushrooms in it.  He pronounced it excellent and brought some home for tomorrow’s lunch.  The crispy duck had carrots, peppers, bamboo shoots, and zucchini mixed in.  I really enjoyed it.  The bill came to 28 euros and change.  Bill left a generous tip, which made the waitress smile big.  She enthusiastically wished us a good day.  I would definitely go back to the Pavillon China Restaurant next time I want Asian food.  It was very good.

The front of the restaurant has these cool looking columns.  

Not the greatest shot of the front, but there were people sitting out there.  It’s very close to the Edeka in Nagold.

We had a very nice afternoon in Nagold.  I really think it’s becoming one of our favorite places to chill out on the weekends.  It’s pretty, there are a lot of good restaurants, and things to do.  A bonus is that it’s never as crowded as some of the other cities near us and it’s only about four kilometers away. I think I managed to talk Bill into visiting the pool again.  Maybe next time, he’ll even get in the water!


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