Esch-sur-Sûre and Redange stellplatzSeptember 28, 2017 in Luxembourg ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C
We started off today by following the River Sûre valley, a beautiful corridor carved out by the water course. Near the end we stopped at Esch-sur-Sûre, a town nestled in an exaggerated river meander. There were signs preventing vans from parking in the car parks, but we were able to find a spot by the side of the road on our way out of town. A huge ridge of rock rose almost vertically to our right as we made our way along the river wall. An old stone castle and tower loomed imposingly down on us from atop the cliff, giving a contrast to the gentile river that ran slowly by our side. The day was still and the sun shone brightly, creating reflections of the willows and autumnal oaks that overhung the water between us and the quaint stone bridge. Scaling the steps into the small town centre we discovered mainly houses, B&Bs and a hotel with a restaurant. There wasn't room for much else in the narrow alleys so we made our way down the opposite side of town and through the tunnel that provided passage under the cliff, back to the van.
Luxembourg may only have a small number of stellplatz' but they are free and many provide free water and toilet emptying. Redange also provided free electricity! Just out of town, next to a park and sports field, with a supermarket just a few hundred metres away, there was room for about a dozen vans in wide marked bays. It was warm when we arrived so Vicky sat outside the van with Poppy and Will did a little shopping, returning with a chocolate streusel (a sweet bun topped with crumble) and a 'huit' (a pastry figure of eight filled with custard).
The town centre had a wonderful 'cared for' feel. It had recently held some sort of festival and the inventive decorations were still there for us to admire (see photos).
We stayed for two nights and had lunch out on Friday. The pub was more expensive than the place we'd eaten fish fingers and mini cornettos at last week and it was also busier. We sat at wooden picnic benches separated from the road by tall planters and shaded by parasols. It took a while for us to be served and the plat du jour that had initially lured us in was finished, with no substitute offered. Instead Vicky had a scampi salad and Will spaghetti bolognese. The salad was gorgeous but the pasta was overcooked and stuck together in lumps, the bolognaise wasn't much better. It was a lot poorer quality than something Will would have whipped up for a regular tea in the van and so Vicky finally managed to persuade him to share her good sized salad. To her credit, the waitress asked for feedback, took it on board and didn't charge for the 1/4L of red wine, which we thought was fair. We know our travelling experiences won't be 100% positive and the chance of dissapointment makes it all the more special when things live up to, or exceed our expectations.Read more