HitzackerAugust 29, 2016 in Germany
Hitzaker is in a National Park that is largely covered by woodland and the land had become increasingly flat as we travelled north. In contrast to the tree covered slopes of the Rhein valley, seen from below and above, we were engulfed by forest much of the time with long straight roads cutting lines through swathes of long straight trees that cast striated shadows across our path.
There were deciduous trees mixed in with the pines and we noticed some, particularly the birch and beech, had started to show signs of autumn colour. These leaves along with the parched grass from the intense heat of the last week made an impact on us. We would normally be heading home at this point and catching up with those that we lived nearby, but instead we were carrying on our adventures in Germany before heading to Croatia and Austria. Combined with Vicky's brother having recently returned home, we felt far away from others back in the UK.
Our stay in Hitzaker was interesting. The river running alongside the town was well below its normal level but a huge flood wall and gates worth millions of not billions of Euros had been erected to protect red brick half timbered buildings and the people who lived and worked in them from flood waters. The land is so flat in this region that when rivers with thousands of square kilometers of catchment area run through them to meet the north sea, it doesn't take much of a rise to flood a very large area. Inserestingly we had spotted quite a few Green Party posters for the upcoming elections! A connection perhaps?Read more