Once vibrant towns seem to go deathly quiet. This was certainly the case last Sunday as my cousin and I began our week-long, Rhine River cycle from Heidelberg.
Despite the fact the country was voting in its federal election that day, you could pretty much drive your BMW blindly down the footpath at 150km and not hit anyone.
While the peace and quiet was delightful as we tried to get the hang of cycling in Germany, it became an issue when we wanted to get some lunch.
Despite asking / miming to a local about where potential eating places might be, it was beginning to look like this town was also devoid of food. Then we spotted an Italian restaurant that seemed to be open so we thought our luck had changed.
Alarmingly, the craze has gone nationwide as we keep encountering it, even in tiny little towns.
Admittedly I haven't tried it, but it does seem kind of pointless squeezing icecream through a device so it looks like a completely different meal.
It seems like something an eight year-old might have come up with while trying to fool their parents into thinking they were eating a proper meal.
What's next? "Salad" icecream?