Lower Franconia

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  • Day53


    August 18, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We've been away for more than 7 weeks now; the longest either of us have been travelling. We were starting to get a bit 'travel lagged' with all the new experiences, sights and bits of language we've been learning. The stopover at Tauberrettersheim was just what we needed; a grassy area off a farm track and near a the small River Tauber. We spent 2 nights here and didn't stray far from the van. Will played his guitar and baked bread buns, Vicky crocheted, picked a bunch of wildflowers and cleaned the van and Poppy relaxed on the grass. It was a much appreciated and very relaxing stay.Read more

  • Day48


    August 13, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    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.
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  • Day51

    Veitshöchheim and Würzburg

    August 16, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Veitshöchheim had free stopover adjacent to a park and river 8km away from the city of Würzburg so we stayed one night and cycled in to the city the next day.
    The cycle ride was the worst Vicky had experienced since arriving on the continent although Will found it interesting. The fisrt part of the cycle was through dusty industrial plants and smelly slag heaps whilst we were being overtaken by HGVs. The second had us sandwiched between a dual carriageway and a multi track railway line. When we reached the city the cycle track faded in and out on the busy winding streets full of traffic lights, crossroads and roadworks.

    Our experience improved once we dismounted to explore the city. There were a few interesting sights including the Alte Mainbrüke (Old Main Bridge) over the River Main. Supporting 12 Baroque statues of Saints, it lead to castles on the opposite hillside and reminded us of Charles Bridge in Prague. Dom St Kilian (Cathedral) with its gold topped spire was also striking.

    We visited a tea shop and bought some jasmine tea leaves to make jasmine ice tea after Vicky had tasted it in Cafe Wagner a few days previously. The shopkeeper told us it was her dream to spend a year touring England!

    One of the things on Will's 'to do list' was to have a drink in a Wine Cellar so for lunch we visited Würzburger Ratskellar (Würzburg town hall cellar) that had been turned into a restaurant. The two rooms were impressive with their high arched moulded ceilings and part timbered walls with stone carved and molded detail. We chose a little alcove and had a glass of the local Silvaner dry white wine with our meals.
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  • Day44

    Eltmann am Main

    August 9, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We headed East, preparing to meet Vicky's brother Ali and his friend Tom in Prague later in the month.

    Needing a convenient stopover close to the motorway, we found that one had been taken over by a casino car park so carried on to Eltmann and were stunned to find a riverside car park overlooked by a quiet terrace bar close to a lovely little town. We ended up staying 3 nights!

    The owners of the terrace bar were so welcoming when we went for an evening beer that we went back the next day for lunch. We found a store in town that reminded us so much of our 'sell it all' store (Alans) back in Netherton that we nicknamed it German Alans.

    On the second day Vicky was busy outside when she heard a voice say 'hiya'. It was only after a second 'hiya' that it filtered through that Germans say 'hallo' and so the salutation was most likely directed at her. Alison and Phil were the first English people we'd met in weeks and it was great to be able to chat with them without having to use great effort to formulate the words we needed to use first! They'd been touring Germany for years and gave us some great advice and tips about places to go. Motorhomers have ecclectic tastes but Alison and Phil seemed to like to tour similarly to the way we do and it was great to find we had similar views on a range of things. All in all it was super to be able to run in to them!

    The last night got down to 8°C outside and rewarded us with a beautiful mist covered river the following morning with cloud hanging low over the tree clad hillsides above the town.
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  • Day2

    Baumwipfelweg Steigerwald

    April 16 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Erstes Reisehighlight! Baumwipfelweg Steigerwald. Zufällig entdeckt weil nur 3km von unserem Stellplatz entfernt. Toller Weg durch den Steigerwald, ein herrlicher Laubwald. 1,2 km lang. Eröffnet 2016. Nach einem langsam steigenden Weg findet sich in der Mitte des Areals ein 42m hoher Turm. Sehr imposant mit einem herrlichen Fernblick. Wunderbares Wetter!! Am Ende großer Kinderspielplatz und Streichelzoo. Beide Kids streicheln Ziegen!Read more

  • Day3

    Stellplatz Leidersbach

    April 17 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Den zweite Stellplatz auf unserer Reise fanden wir in Leidersbach, ca. 40km unterhalb von Frankfurt. Es war ein Parkplatz mitten im Ort, kostenlos, jedoch mit Wasser, Entsorgung und Strom - das Campingnetz in Deutschland ist sehr gut ausgebaut.

    Sehr ruhig, ein schöner Platz auf einer Wiese, super Kinderspielplatz, Pferde und Schafe zum Beobachten!

    Leider passierte uns beim Einparken ein kleines „Hoppala“ 🙈 Der Fahrer trägt keine Schuld, wenn der Einweiser (in unserem Fall die Einweiserin), das Zeichen zum Stoppen viel zu spät erteilt 🛑 ✋🏿 🙈 🙊
    Leider ist der Griff, schlimmer noch das Schloss unserer „neuen“ Box gebrochen 😭
    Wir können (dank Zurrgurten) weiterfahren, leider ist es weit nicht mehr so komfortabel und wird im Anschluss an die Reise sicher noch etwas die Gesamtreisekosten anheben!
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  • Day31


    April 25, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    We arrived in Miltenberg two hours earlier than scheduled (no queues at the locks!) and I was keen to go ashore to explore. Gunther, our guide, said that it was only a small place with one street but I was needing to strech my legs anyway. What a lovely surprise it was, the one street was a delightful old village road with houses built in 1600's down narrow cobblestone lanes.

    It was very fairytale like and we seemed to have the area to ourselves. Quaint shops were in the first few hundred meters and as the road narrowed it turned into hotels and pubs. You had the impression this area would come alive in the evening. Even further on the street turned into the residential area where people lived with modernised interiors to these lovely old houses.

    A few of us climbed up to the remains of the fortification wall and towers that surround the upper edge of the town. The view of the town was rewarding and the park like gardens behind the wall were very green. As we walked back to the boat we were amused to see a statue of three boys doing their business outside a public WC.

    That afternoon we were bused around in groups of 6 to 10 and hosted with locals in their homes for afternoon tea. I thought it would be a bit awkward but it turned out to be very interesting and our hosts very friendly.
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  • Day53

    Hannah and Würzburg

    October 18, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    A very exciting day for us! Last night, Hannah, our new au pair, drove from her home town of Saarbrücken, over near the German/French border, to stay with us for a couple of nights, so we could meet her before she arrives in Australia at the end of next week. She brought some lovely gifts including some honey from her Uncle's hive and some homemade grape marmalade made with grapes from their place.

    Finn did his best to grill her with all sorts of hard-hitting questions such as "Do you like plums?", "Do you like cake?" and "Do you like plum cake?". He loves making plum cake, so a winner its a winner if you like plums, cake and plum cake!

    We went to visit Würzburg today, starting with a visit through the the 18th-century Residenz palace. This featured lavish baroque and rococo architecture, with particularly ornate rooms. There was a huge fresco by a Venetian artist (Tiepolo) over the main entry staircase which had us all fascinated as it also included some of the figures in the painting coming out in 3D (plaster?). It was a great effect and we spent ages staring at the ceiling in this and another room with similar room.

    We also visited the garden where I was able to spot our first German eichhörnchen (which is a very groovy way of saying squirrel). The kids had already negotiated that the first person to see one and say eichhörnchen for 1 Euro cent. I had spotted one in Austria but couldn't remember the name to say. The added bonus for this squirrel was he was a reddy-brown and had an acorn in its mouth as it disappeared into the hedge. Cute as.

    We had lunch in the main square and then went down to the river which is obviously where all the cool kids were hanging out. The river was very wide and was split at one side with a commercial lock. Two large barges pulled up as we were watching, so we waited for them to navigate through.

    Back home, we played a bit of Uno and introduced Hannah to the game of Cheat. She is now probably thinking "what sort of family encourages their children to cheat in a card game!"
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  • Day31

    Locks galore

    April 25, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    We left the Rhine river and started cruising the Main river. The sunshades on the sundecks were lowered and the deck closed as we entered a section of river with 30 plus locks and many low bridges.

    We are getting used to locks but they have not lost their fascination for me yet. The river boats like ours are all made the maximum width and sometimes when we are in the locks only a few centimeters are free on each side. It's odd to look up and see a wall next to your window instead of pretty scenery.

    The photos below show some we went though during the day, taken through the front lounge window.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Regierungsbezirk Unterfranken, Unterfranken, Lower Franconia, Malsupra Frankonio, Baja Franconia, Basse-Franconie, Bassa Franconia, Neder-Franken, Dolna Frankonia

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