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Rheinland-Pfalz

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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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  • 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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  • Day23

    to Worms

    September 12, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Anyhoo we made it to Worms and enjoyed the arvo there...
    We did 48kms today

    Worms is fairly interesting town when it comes to religion... Martin Luther (Gilands can help anyone out who is confused who he is) was summoned to Worms and my understanding was decision to excommunicate him was made here (as outcome of the Diet of Worms)Read more

  • Day13

    Sprendlingen, Germany

    July 9, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We travelled through hills and troughs in countryside carpeted with deciduous woodland and emerged in winemaking country where vineyards stretched as far as the eye could see. We saw some stunning sights along the way, including a church built into a cliff face.

    We planned to stay at a vineyard but the stopover no longer existed. Instead we followed signs to a nearby camper van stop beside tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool with beach volleyball court. After picking cherries from the tree whose shade we'd parked under and a wander round town we headed back via a path beside a brook and came across beautiful damsel flies and a group of butterflies.

    On our return we paid out €1.80 (each!) and 'took the plunge'. Well, Will did... at 25° the pool felt a lot cooler than the air temperature and Vicky gingerly inched in at the kiddies' end complaining of goose pimples! Her brother has now denounced her as no longer a Northerner!
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  • Day29

    Alf, Mosel

    July 25, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We've been pacing our journey and savouring the sights the Rhein had to offer, but today we put the air con on and got a good few kilometres under our belts. Upon reaching Koblenz at the confluence of the Rhein and Mosel rivers, we headed South West to follow the Mosel.

    We are of the opinion that Rhein valley is to the Mosel valley what Scotland is to Wales. Both with incredibly beautiful scenery but on a different scale. To our joy, the Mosel river is partitioned by several locks so the flow is controlled. The dangers of a strong, fast moving current that stopped us canoeing all but a small section of the Rhein aren't present here.

    After Will canoed at Alf, we travelled a short distance away from the Mosel to a free stopover beside closed down outdoor swimming baths and below yet another castle!
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  • Day21

    Wild camp on hill above Oberwesel

    July 17, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We've stayed in designated stopovers every night so far- something we've not been used to in the UK. The stopovers are great, but one of the things we love about campervanning is the ability to get away from it all and discover beautiful spots where only we will spend the night and see the dawn. Will was exploring the area on his Maps.Me app that works offline and has incredible detail. He spotted a layby at a viewpoint on the hillside and we headed up there hopefully. We weren't disappointed! Whilst the layby was on quite a slope, the view of the Rhein was stunning and the cornflowers, ox eye daiseys and poppies in the adjacent wheat field a lovely feature.

    Following Will's offline map and signposts we trekked a further 2km up the hill to another viewpoint that could only be reached on foot. It was great to immerse ourselves in nature and this was easy to do with the birdsong, chirping of the crickets and hum of bees. We even saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker on the way back down and a sunbathing lizard the following morning when we did Pilates in the picnic area overlooking the Rhein.
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  • Day15

    Mainz, the start of our River Rhein tour

    July 11, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We plan to follow the River Rhein from here in Mainz along to Cologne. Our book 'L'Europe en Camping-Car' from Vicarious Books recommends a route.

    We stopped off at a huge supermarket and found 'British' products in the international aisle. We also returned 27 glass beer bottles to a machine that gave us €6.07 in credit; enough to buy another crate of beer!Read more

  • Day16

    Oestrich-Winkel

    July 12, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We'd hoped to stay at Eltville am Rhein which was closer to last night's stop. When we found the car park, we found broken glass and quite a lot of graffiti, some of it anti-racist (nice enough sentiment but indicating a problem with racism in the area). There was what looked like a community building with locals sat outside. Whilst they weren't unfriendly they didn't look too inviting so we decided to move on. In the UK we'd have loved this dedicated camper van area but there are so many wonderful places to stay over here we feel we are becoming spoiled!

    Oestrich-Winkel has a quiet 'out of the way' stopover in a car park near a gym. There is a small petting zoo with some cuddly looking sheep over the fence but it is otherwise surrounded mostly by vineyards. We walked down the hill to Weingut Allendorf where they recommended a dry white reisling wine with a very English label! We had to get a photo of Will standing in the field where the grapes are grown with the finished product!

    A day spent chilling on a park bench beside the Rhein did us good but having been in Germany 5 days it was high time we ate local! We treated ourselves to bratwurst, brotwurst and chips at the riverside restaurant and watched the huge cargo ships and cruise liners power up and down as we sipped our beers.

    The warm weather has meant we've had the windows and door of the van open and today, as with many days, we've been struck with the sounds that reach us - sounds we would be more cut off from in a builing. Regular chiming of bells, wind rustling leaves, foreign languages being spoken and different kinds of birds making themselves known are sounds that have been in the background for most of our journey. Today a kestral can be heard mewing as it soars over vines, the sheep bleat a greeting to their visitors and cars come and go as people visit the gym. The sounds help give us a sense of connection to things outside our own little bubble. It makes us aware of how rare it was that we 'stopped' and listened to what was around us back home.
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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

    Castle town

    September 14, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We crossed the river to Bingen (by ferry), and we entered in to a world of castles at every new bend and turn..
    So picturesque!
    We headed up river to Bacharach (which is where the photo of red and white building)

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