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  • Day26

    Boppard

    July 22, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We journeyed down the hillside and through cloud to get to the Rhein side town of Boppard. Will took a group of pupils from Hillcrest School here years ago and so was excited to return. Our stopover was in a large car park near the foot of the cable cars the group had gone on and Will found the hotel they stayed at, off the main square. There was a small market in the square so we indulged in cheese, fruit, veg, 4 types of 'wurst' and some smoked mackerel and eel.

    Every Friday back in Netherton, we'd meet our friend Jeremy at Ma Pardoes for a few pints and hot pork sarnies, so we looked around and came back to the restaurant in the square. It offered a good menu that didn't dissapoint. Full up with prawns, chicken, local trout and a couple of half litres of beer (doesn't sound quite right does it?) we headed back to the van to sit in the shade with Poppy and plan tomorrow. Incidentally Jeremy had also taken a group of pupils to Boppard!

    The next morning we took a trip 240m up the hillside on the chairlift for views of the horseshoe bend in the Rhein. A short walk to the 'vierseenblick' or '4 lakes view' and a pot of tea and apple strudel at 'Guideon's corner' made it a very relaxing experience.
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  • Day25

    Sankt Goar farm

    July 21, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    With the rain that came overnight persisting into the morning,the temperature had dropped to a comfortable 23° so we set off to a stopover for services. Sat navs and coordinates can be fantastic but occasionally they lead you places you didn't intend to go, good and bad. We found ourselves on ever narrowing paved roads winding between houses and emerged on a single track farm road barely wide enough for the van wheels. We followed it to its junction with a gravel track that petered out in wheat fields. There was a wooden shelter opposite and beyond this, a sheer drop down the valley to the river about 200m below. The view was stunning, with Loreley rock rising up across the valley where a siren with golden locks reputedly perched whilst she sang to passing sailers, luring them to their deaths on the rocks below. A narrow bank of land in the river ended in a statue of her as a reminder of the legend.

    As beautiful as it was, the site didn't have services so we entered the location of the stopover manually. It turned out to be a small farm with a few holiday cabins and a field for vans. There was a compost loo and a riding stable that Vicky got her hopes up about before being told she was too 'tall' for the horses.
    The farm chickens had a sign detailing what they could be fed from your leftovers and Will impressed himself by explaining in German to another campervanner that they didn't like uncooked potato before proceeding to have a long conversation in German with the campervanner, Wolfgang and his partner Elisa who turned out to be really lovely people. Sunset saw cloud forming in the valleys as the sun lit it up from behind and whilst bringing out a glow in the straw fields.
    Whilst getting ready to set off the next morning, Elisa came rushing over with a bag that contained some gifts for us; German bread, ground coffee, spaghetti and some homemade grape jam! We were taken aback and very grateful. You get to meet some amazing people whilst travelling.
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  • Day25

    Sankt Goar

    September 14, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Then on to Sankt Goar...
    We did 68kms today...

    The others were not far behind... (Sherelle had a flat today)
    Our accommodation has very adequate air flow so all are happy.

    Illy and I went for a wade in Rhine this arvo... Sandy bottom, and less than pristine waters this far down

    St Goar is a small tourist town... Shall be nice to relax here tomorrowRead more

  • Day23

    Wild camp above Loreley

    July 19, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    The Rhein had been getting progressively narrower as it wound down the valley and turned sharply to reach what we believe to be its narrowest point on this stretch, with an almost vertical cliff face rising from one bank. The temperature was also rising steeply so we climbed the forested hill and found a disused forest track leading off the main road. There was a turning area about 25m away that provided a lot of shade and seemed ideal as an overnight stop so we pulled up.

    The fragrance of forest and a certain flower (possibly agrimony hemp) flooded the clearing. A buzzard flew between the pines just 10meters in front of the van and upon investigating further up the track, we found a 20ft high hide so climbed up and sat for a while. One thing we love about the van is that it acts as a very comfortable 'hide' and whilst we didn't see anything of note from the wooden hide, the van provided us with views of a stonechat, a curious jay and even the chestnut rump of a deer disappearing into the undergrowth as evening drew in. With the windows and door open still open, we could even detect a faint whiff of deer and Poppy suddenly became very interested in what was going on!

    We decided to stay a second day instead of braving the 35° temperatures forecast in full sun. We made use of the sun to recharge our batteries (literally) and Will made use of the shade in his hammock.
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  • Day7

    Erholung

    March 29, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Heute haben wir lange geschlafen, von Cadiz erzählt und waren einkaufen . Am Nachmittag konnte man auf Evas Balkon die Sonne genießen und der Abend wurde mit einem fantastischen Sonnenuntergang gelohnt !

  • Day8

    Beilstein

    March 30, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Wie immer wenn ich bei Eva zu Besuch bin war ich auch in Beilstein, ein traumhaftes kleines Örtchen an der Mosel! Heute war das Wetter grandios und es hat war schön einfach nur in der Sonne zu sitzen und den Fluss an sich vorbei ziehen zu lassen!
    Heute Abend haben wir uns dann noch mit einer gemeinsamen Freundin getroffen, es war ein sehr schöner Abend!Read more

  • Day9

    Fast schon wieder vorbei!

    March 31, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Heute war mein Wellnesstag! Ich hatte einen Termin bei Ute zur Rekibehandlung ! Entspannung pur ! Leider ist unsere gemeinsame Zeit morgen schon wieder um ! Heute sitzen wir noch mal im Wintergarten und genießen nach einem Regenguss den farbigen Abendhimmel!

  • Day19

    Hildegard and Castles: busy on the Rhine

    June 16, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We started the day with some time in the Museum in Bingen learning all about Hildegard of Bingen. She seems like quite a character, a prolific writer and significant political player. Next to the museum was a small herb garden with all the medicinal plants used in her time, and described in her books.

    Then we set off along the river again, it's this section of the river that is famous for the castles.

    There is a rail line down each side of the river with long freight trains going in both direction all day, as well, there are freight barges going up and down on the river, against the backdrop of the castles on the ridge tops. Amazing!

    There are no bridges across the river between Mainz and Koblenz, about 200k by bike, so as well as the tourists boats and barges going up and down there are also cross river ferries. It's busy out there.

    The map of the route has interesting advertising, the anti inflammatory drug Voltaren is advertised on the cover. A helpful message for tired cyclists.

    "Rest day" tomorrow, time to go and visit the local castle.
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  • Day20

    Burg Rheinfels: the castle

    June 17, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    This is the largest castle on the Rhine, just a short climb from our hotel. Spectacular views of the river and a beautiful walk down. I headed across the river this afternoon on the local ferry to get to the supermarket, there isn't one on the side.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis, Rhein-Hunsruck-Kreis

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