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  • Day35

    Manderscheid

    July 31, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We just had to visit the town of Manderscheid because it is the name of our niece and nephew's family!

    Our Board Atlas told us the stopover was a resaurant car park that was free to stay at if we bought a meal. We both expected a greasy spoon on the road side, but as we wound our way down a steep hill around several 180° turns towards the dead end and hotel signed at at the bottom of the valley, we had a suprise in store. The overflow car park where we stayed was surrounded by tall trees climbing up the side of the valley. There were some man made ponds, adjacent to a small river where a water mill was previously sited. The Heids Mühle hotel stocked their ponds with trout that they netted when they were ready to serve at the restaurant. We had delicious meals of 'blue trout' and 'miller style trout' with a local bottle of dry white Riesling and were really impressed with the quality!

    A steep hike up to the town of Manderscheid revealed the town dressed in bunting for an antiques market. The streets were lined with a mixture of professional sellers, traditional crafts and car boot couples. The main square hosted a pop up bar, cakes, music and a few fairground stalls.

    One feature of this area is its maars; small volcanic eruptions that have left round craters with raised sides, the majority of which have filled with rainwater to form lakes. We visited Windsborn Kratersee which had circular walks around the edge of the crater and the lake at the bottom. Because water doesn't flow in or out, the plantlife in the lake doesn't all decompose, making the water acidic and a good environment for bog plants. We got to see a wonderful variety of flowers and minibeasts.

    Our last activity in Manderscheid was to visit one of its two castles. For a €2 entry fee we had a great time clambering up inside the turrets and peering through the archers' window slits. We found quite a few little lizards sun bathing on the stones too! Mandersheid does have a second castle but after all the steep hikes we'd made over the last few days we decided to save our feet for another adventure!
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  • Day30

    Minheim

    July 26, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We took advantage of a special offer and stayed 3 nights at Minheim for the price of 2 (saving €6.50!) The German Bord Atlas (a book listing thousands of motorhome stopovers) comes with discount vouchers. They typically offer free additional nights but some offer discounted entry to a spa or money off wine if the stopover is at a vineyard.

    Minheim is a village with one bakery and more than a dozen 'weinguten' (places selling homebrewed wine from a vineyard). Before we came here we thought of vineyards as large operations sprawling over acres of land. Don't get us wrong, there are several of this type here, but the vast majority of places producing wine are doing so on a very small scale and selling it out of their own houses. We visited one place where a chocolate labrador tried (in a very labradorish way) to see us off and the proprietor came rushing out with her half eaten bowl of breakfast cereal in hand. We searched for an award winning place and after finally locating the closed back door with the name of the weingut above it we rang the doorbell to find nobody home!

    The site turned out to be quiet, and a great base for a few days' activities. We tandemed along the riverside cycle track and upon reaching the end of the track (where the river bank turned in to steep cliff) we followed a signpost up the hillside. The path narrowed to only as wide as Vicky's two feet and too narrow for Will's two wide feet! It snaked back and forth through rows of vines to ameliorate against the gradient and at several points we climbed steps carved out of the hillside stone. Once at the top there was a view of the river winding around headlands
    There were vines for as far as the eye could see, their geometric lines exaggerating the topography. To make the most of the late afternoon sunshine, we went swimming in the river. It felt cold at first but the flow was so slight that the top layer was warmed by the sun and it quickly felt warm- even to Vicky!

    The next day we took a 4 hour canoe trip for lunch in Piesport, the next town along from Minheim on the opposite bank. It rained a little but the air was warm and the rain light so it didn't spoil our enjoyment. We saw lots of sandpipers flying low over the water and perched on the bank. We even glimpsed a kingfisher! Along the way we passed a small dock for a tiny sparkling wine vineyard that could only be reached by boat due to the gradient of the bank either side of it! Upon arriving at Piesport we wound our way up the hill a short distance away from the main shopping area to find a small and empty cafe. The person behind the counter was warm and welcoming. She showed us a photo of their homemade speciality and Vicky made the mistake of thinking it was pizza. 'Nein, es ist nicht pizza!' came the enflamed response. It ended up being a delicious dish called Flammkuchen (similar to pizza but with a biscuity base) and local to the Mosel valley. We followed it with a delicious plum cake and cherry sponge and crumble combo, both made with fresh fruit.
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  • Day34

    Manderscheid State Forest wild camp

    July 30, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Passing back over to Germany and making our way towards Manderscheid we discovered a 'forest playground' with parking in a beautiful beech tree woodland about 10km out of the town. It was a welcome sight after a long drive and we were very happy to have the place to ourselves after staying alongside other camper vanners for the previous 8 nights. Noise had never really been an issue but the peace, quiet and isolation were refreshing.Read more

  • Day15

    Camping Erden, Erden

    April 30 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Nach fast 3000km sind wir nun an der Mosel. Hier haben wir uns mit Womofreunden aus unserer Facebookgruppe> https://www.facebook.com/groups/256233514585900/?ref=share verabredet, zum Radfahren und Wein trinken🍷😎.

  • Day2

    Bernkastel-Kues

    April 23, 2015 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Day 2: In the morning, we went to a wonderful little village: Bernkastel-Kues. The houses were beautiful ! Then we took the boat to go to Traben-Trachbach. We ate and took the bus to visit the Cochem Castle. It was lovely. Actually, I love castles. Then we went back to our host family, drank some vine and apple juice, and saw some friends. And we slept (omg it was so good to sleep, haha).Read more

  • Day3

    Knaus Camping, Bernkastel-Kues

    August 31, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Nach dem Frühstück in Winningen an der Mosel, sind wir gegen 13 Uhr auf unserem im April gebuchten Uferplatz angekommen. Der CP ist voll belegt, aufgrund des stattfindenden Weinfestes an diesem Wochenende. Waren noch kurz mit den Rädern in Zeltingen und gegen 16 Uhr zurück am Platz. Heute ist für den Rest des Tages relaxen angesagt. Morgen kommen Freunde zu uns und dann geht es zusammen zum Weinfest.Read more

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