EbernAugust 13, 2016 in Germany
We came accross Ebern by chance after turning off our route to explore the wooded countryside. Whilst it wasn't what we'd set out to find, there are some stopovers where you immediately feel at home and this was one of them.
At €6 a night, the 20 space stopover had allocated generous sized grassed pitches. There was a reception area supervised by two very helpful and friendly people. They gave us brochures for the local area, told us when and where we could get bread, regularly checked everything was ok on site and helped us use the washer & dryer.
Our wanderings took us to Cafe Wagner. It was on the village highstreet but we sat out back in their quaint little garden. They served us yummy cake, the best coffee Will has yet to buy in Germany and a delicious, freshly made jasmine ice tea.
A few posters advertised a 'Festival of Encounter' so we trekked 2km up hill and out of town, hoping it was worth it. It was! Organised to welcome refugees to the area, there were a few stalls, drinks, drums and a music stage with around 70 people gathered. The music opened with a Syrian refugee singing traditional music accompanied by his family on 7-stringed instruments called Baglamas. Next came The Black Elephant Band with some amusing originals written and played and sung in English by the one man that made up the band.
The temperature was rising again so on the second day of our stay we walked 1km to the 'Field View' outdoor swimming pool. On the way we saw a red squirrel happily scampering around on the grass about 10m away! Not many people were at the pool when we got there but it started to fill up over course of several hours spent dipping into the different pools and relaxing on our picnic rug under the shade of a parasol on the grassy bank.Read more