June - July 2016
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  • Day11

    Thionville

    July 2, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Just visiting

  • Day10

    Saarburg

    July 1, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Very nice drive from the Bodensee through Freiburg to Saarburg. The scenery was so beautiful that we decided to go back more often to this part of Germany and Switzerland. One less interesting thing happened today, we suddenly came in road works area in Freiburg and it went from 3 to two lanes with no warning. I drove in the middle lane and a truck on the right from me came also in trouble. Had to steer to the left and just hit one of the warning lights next to the road. Result nice hole in the cover of the mirror. This hurts.

    Saarburg info (http://saarburger-hof.de/en/saarburg-umgebung/)

    Nestled in wine yards and woods amidst a picturesque landscape, straddling the banks of the river Saar sits the romantic medieval town of Saarburg. The capital of the Saar wine region.

    Saarburg is well worth a trip and offers a 1000 year old castle structure, and extra ordinary waterfall right in the middle of the town center and an incredible variety of cultural and leisure activities.
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  • Day9

    Meersburg am Bodensee

    June 30, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    With the bike along the lake to Meersburg. Nice place. Btw very good bike roads

    Tourist office info:

    Town portrait
    The particularly attractive situation of Meersburg, which is built on a steep vineyard right by the lake, has been attracting tourists for centuries. It is said that the Merovingians raised the first fortress whose medieval appearance still marks the image of the town from far.

    Meersburg is a member of the “Deutsche Fachwerkstrasse” (German Framework Road), one of the major German tourist routes. The town owes its baroque silhouette to the prince bishops of Constance who built sumptuous castles with the participation of the famous baroque architect Balthasar Neumann.

    Around these representative constructions mostly open nowadays to visitors, you will find alleyways, the marvelous squares and panoramic view points of Meersburg. Here you will find pleasant cafes in summer and the terrace of the New Castle as well as the fortress offer the most unimpeded outlook over the lake and the impressive alpine rang, on days with good visibility.

    Meersburg does not owe its popularity as a destination for holidays and excursions only to its picturesque situation and historical constructions. The comprehensive cultural programs, the many museums and the large number of leisure activities attract thousands of visitors each year.
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  • Day9

    Hagnau am Bodensee

    June 30, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Yesterday terrific wheater with temperatures up to 27. Camping Alpenblick is located just to the lake, but is pretty crowded. We were lucky to be there early in the afternoon. And yes we did see the Alps just at the other side of the lake.
    In the night lot's of thunderstorms and this morning again rain. In the afternoon the weather changed and it became 26c

    We have not the smallest camper but this Dethleffs tandem axes was huge
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  • Day8

    Albgau

    June 29, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    At the border of the Schwarzwalt. Better temperature but stll wet. Nice small camping close to "Abtal und Seitentâler ", but the main water pipe broke in the morning and left the Camping without water. Early on the road to go to the Bodensee

  • Day7

    The Loreley

    June 28, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Famous point of the Rijn

    Loreley Info (http://www.loreley-info.com/index.php)

    On this site you can find all information you need to spend an active and recreational holiday in the valley of the Loreley ( Lorelei ), the Upper Middle Rhine Valley World Heritage.

    Loreley ( Lorelei )

    The Loreley ( Lorelei ) is a 433 feet high slate cliff in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley World Heritage near the town of St. Goarshausen. The view of St. Goarshausen, from the Loreley ( Lorelei ) outlook point, with Castle Katz and the view of the town St. Goar and its Fortress Rheinfels, leaves a wonderful impression on all Loreley ( Lorelei ) tourists.

    The Rhine, at the Loreley ( Lorelei ), is up to 82 feet deep and only 371 feet wide. Because this area is so deep and narrow, it is one of the most dangerous places in the World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Ships, crossing each other here and all along the section between Oberwesel and St. Goarshausen, are directed by light signals, called “Wahrschau”.

    History of the Loreley ( Lorelei )

    First traces of human settlement have been apparent from the time the Loreley ( Lorelei ) Plateau was level with the Rhine (600.000 years ago). During the Middle Ages the Loreley ( Lorelei ) was well known, along with the Binger Loch, as the most dangerous section of the Rhine. Many mariners in their wooden dinghies came to tragedy here. In St. Goar, directly opposite the Loreley ( Lorelei ), the Saint Goar settled to save shipwrecked mariners and nurse them back to health.

    Variation of the Loreley ( Lorelei ) Myth

    The name Loreley ( Lorelei ) appears in a romantic ballad written by the poet Clemens Brentano in 1801. In this ballad, Loreley ( Lorelei ) is a beauty from Bacharach who wants to take her own life because her truelove is unfaithful. The bishop, fascinated by her loveliness and humility, takes her to a convent. En route to the convent, she stops at the cliff to look back on the palace of her truelove. When she sees him riding away, she throws herself in despair into the turbulent waters below.
    In the Rhine fairytale of 1810, Brentano varied the theme so that Loreley ( Lorelei ) appears as the distraught woman Lurley, sitting on a rock combing her long golden hair and luring the bargees into their destruction.
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  • Day7

    Koblenz area

    June 28, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Castle Marksburg at the other side of the Rijn. Lot's of castles around Koblenz.

    Yesterday whole day rain and temperatures between 9 and 14 degrees Celsius. This morning 19c and the sun is showing more and more.

    for more information about Koblenzhttp://www.koblenz.de/stadtleben_kultur/koblenz_allgemeine_infos_e.htmlRead more

  • Day5

    Vulcan Eifel

    June 26, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We drove today from Arnemuiden to Dockweiler in the Vulcan Eifel. During the trip a lot of rain and even thunderstorms will hail. In Antwerpen it rained so hard that all traffic almost came to a stand still.

    Vulkaneifel Geopark – GERMANY

    Website: http://www.geopark-vulkaneifel.de

    Tracing the maar-volcanism

    Nearly 350 eruption centers recount from the igneous and exciting history of the Vulkaneifel. Five Geo-museums and numerous geo-sites reveal scientific phenomena and selected pathways and bicycle-routes guide the visitor to the treasures of a fascinating landscape.

    The concentration and variety of maar-craters give the Vulkaneifel an outstanding position among the worldwide volcanic regions. Within the volcanic belt of 50 km of length and approx. 20 km of width until present 75 maar-craters are known. Eight craters are still filled with water and called the “Eyes of the Eifel”.

    The geological heritage is moreover manifold. Beside the volcanic landscape the Vulkaneifel reveals the geological history of the last 400 Million years, beginning with the large stack of under-devonian sea sediments and the famous middle-devonian reefs.

    Contact
    Vulkaneifel Geopark
    Mainzer str.25
    54550 Daun / Vulkaneifel,
    GERMANY
    Tel: +49 6592 985354
    Fax:+ 49 6592 985900
    E-mail: geopark@vulkaneifel.de
    Andreas Schueller andreas.schueller@vulkaneifel.de
    Alfred Bauer alfred.bauer@vulkaneifel.de
    web: http://www.geopark-vulkaneifel.de
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