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Canton de Remich

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  • Day464

    Biodiversum, Schengen pt 1

    October 3, 2017 in Luxembourg

    We couldn't do a tour of Luxembourg and not visit Schengen, the town that gave its name to the historic treaty, signed here 32 years ago. It led to the abolition of internal border checks within what became known as the Schengen Area, then comprising of 5 European Economic Community States; France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and of course Luxembourg.

    On the way we topped up on LPG at a very busy petrol station. People were going in and out, their shopping trolleys stacked with cigarettes and other items bought in bulk. We soon realised that being so close to France and Germany, people were nipping over the border to fill up with cheap fuel, fags and whatever other low tax items they could get cheaper here than in their home country.

    We parked a few miles out of Schengen town at a nature reserve with a visitor centre called 'Biodiversum'. The reserve's long quiet road had gravel parking off to either side and car parks at either end whose bays were marked out by small trees and logs. We pulled up adjacent to a football pitch, separated from us by a large fence and hawthorn hedge. Our view to the front was of a vine clad hillside with a coppice and solitary wind turbine on its summit. We were now in Luxembourg's section of the Moselle Valley and the farmers were making good use if the microclimate that produces such good conditions for growing grapes! We enjoyed watching the colours change in the sky as the sun settled behind the hill that evening.

    In the morning we took the cycle track that ran between the road and river all the way in to Schengen, 2 miles upstream. Nearning the town centre we passed a number of artworks, celebrating Schengen's role in uniting communities. Chaining the bike to a signpost we came accross a midweek food market. Specialist stalls run by small scale producers sold goat cheese, salami and homemade honey along with beautifully presented vegetables, including a table of garlic, chilli and onions. Wooden tables were set up in the middle of the market corridor. People took time to rest on benches or lean nonchalantly against the higher tables, their fingers tearing at flakey croissants, wrapped around cups of hot chocolate or pinching the stems of glasses containing white wine or some pinky orange cocktail. It seemed likely that they came regularly to get a bit of shopping then meet with friends or family and there was a real buzz in the air. The produce on the stalls was good quality and so we splashed out and bought a bagful of food, including some fresh dates- something neither of us had seen for sale before.

    We dragged each other away from the delicious looking foods and took a look round the floating tourist information office; an undulating tube of a building. It had a decent variety of EU orientated souvenirs but nothing caught our eye.

    After cycling back we ate, recovered our energy, then put the canoe on its little trolley and wheeled it over the road to the steep bank of the Moselle. We had flown, taken the train, driven, cycled and walked across country borders before, but we had never paddled. With the river as the dividing line between Luxembourg and Germany, this was the perfect opportunity! We followed the border all the way up to Schengen town, where the market was now packing up. Will consulted the gps on his phone and was able to position us at the point where the third country France, met with Germany and Luxembourg! It was on a boat moored at this very spot that ministers signed the famous Schengen Treaty that paved the way for the creation of an area that today spans 26 countries and more that 1.6 million square miles, where there are effectively no internal border checks. We have enjoyed our freedom of movement within Europe so much over the past 15 and a half months that it felt like a very significant place to be. You can watch the short video we filmed here: https://youtu.be/CMnO3hYIWb4

    The day's exertions meant we slept well that night, but we couldn't leave the following morning without taking a walk around one of the Nature Reserve ponds. The 'Biodiversum' centre wasn't open when we passed it but it was an interesting looking building covered with small wooden tiles. Many of the reserve facilities seemed to have been made with local materials, such as the bike rack comprising of a large tree trunk with wedges cut for you to place your bike wheel in. It was windy and the air had a chill in it so many of the birds were tucked away but we saw a Black Kite, a few Coots on the water and Blue Tits amongst the tree leaves. One thing we did spot was a Damselfly clinging to a shrivelled brown leaf. Its damp wings were spread wide and as the sun peeped out from behind the clouds the moisture made them sparkle!
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  • Day463

    Mondorf-les-Bains

    October 2, 2017 in Luxembourg

    After leaving Dudelange we picked up some shopping including a refil for our dehumindifier (essential when living, cooking and drying clothes in such a small space) and a new 12 volt extension with USB sockets to charge Will's laptop, our phones and other electric gadgets. Heading east we parked up accross two of Mondorf-les-Bains' designated van bays which were a little too short to allow us to fit inside just one. We were impressed that the cars around stuck to their own area and none of the designated bays had been commandeered for their convenience as has been the case in some other countries.

    Residential flats bordered the car park but there was a wide walkway with grass, trees and hedges for Poppy to get her nose stuck in to. The apartments, some of them quite upmarket with balconies, all had shutters on to keep the heat of the sun at bay- it had been a while since we'd seen this!

    Looking at the map, we discovered we were only half a km from the French border so in the morning we walked into France! Being in the Schengen area there were no big signs announcing the border that ran along the pavement at the edge of town. The only way we knew we were crossing it was to look at our position on Maps.Me! In France a little bridge led over a shallow stream before opening up into grassland and woods. We only went a hundred metres or so over the wet and muddy ground to a horses' field before turning back. To celebrate, we bought a couple of croissants from a café bakery in Luxembourg and took them back to the van to eat with a cuppa.
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  • Day8

    2 Palzem-Nittel 16,5 km

    August 16, 2016 in Luxembourg

    Es geht los zur zweiten Etappe, die ich als Doppeletappe ausgelegt habe.
    Jetzt gehe ich schon recht routiniert mit em Moselsteig um.
    Das Wetter ist wieder herrlich und ich habe mir einen tag Urlaub gegönnt. Ganz alleine laufen bringt mir enorm viel merke ich.Die 31 Km welche vor mir liegen verlangen mir schon Respekt ab.
    Jetzt gehts aber erst ma zu den 16,5, mk bis Nittel, ducrh schöne Wälder und offene KulturlanschaftenRead more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Canton de Remich, Kanton Remich, Kanton Réimech

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