The Hunt For A Kuckucksuhr
To be honest, I've never been into coo-coo clocks. It's the kind of thing your grandmother has hanging on her wall, they are old fashioned and doesn't the coo-coo sound become annoying after a while? But, then I moved to Germany and I lived on Kuckucksblumenstrasse. How's that for a street name? It literally translates into coo-coo bird flower; even German's thought the name was a little ridiculous. But I loved it and after living 5 years on said street, decided we needed a Kuckucksuhr to commemorate our time in Germany.
Choosing one is no easy task--there are hundreds if not thousands to choose from. Each clock shop specializes in a particular look. Hand or machine made. Electric or hand wound, 3 or 7 days? Heavy wooden weight pulls or ornamental metal pinecones? The more intricate you get the more expensive the clock becomes and there is an entire town dedicated to producing coo-coo clocks. When I told my my German neighbor I was going to buy a clock, she turned up her nose. She swears they are only made for American tourists and that it is not a "German" thing. She may be right, I've never actually seen them in German houses. Be that as it may, I wanted one and we made a weekend out of it.
After visiting all the stores in Triberg, I found MY clock at the Haus der SchwartzwaldUhren. They offered fantastic customer service--staying open a little later so I could "make up my mind." They also shipped my clock directly to Saudi Arabia which was a huge blessing! The VAT refund (which they offer in store at time of purchase) paid for shipping, so I wasn't out any extra money. The store is family owned and operated--you can even watch Mr. Herr carve clock decorations. They took a great deal of care in packaging the clock for shipment and gave me a book reminding me how to set up/care for my clock.
House of Black Forest Clocks
Address: 7 Landstrasse Hornberg, DE 78132
This is the clock I chose. Sorry the picture is so crummy, I pulled it off my i phone from when I was shopping back in May. The rocking horses actually rock and the dancers at the top go in circles. As we've just moved into our permanent home and I'm waiting to paint walls, I still haven't hung it yet, but I am so excited to get it out, I can hardly wait.Randomosity * Life Thru the Lens * Thru My Lens * Our World Tuesday * Sweet Shot Tuesday * Travel Tuesday