Germany & the Moselle River
We visited Manderscheid, a picturesque village with some ruined castles before exploring the lovely chapel which overlooked a lake with a beautifully kept graveyard. Finally, we went to Brocksheid where we saw how they made a variety of bells before driving back through the Piesport vineyards.
We had thee perfect weather for our boat ride on the Mosel River. We got on the boat at Leiwen and had a lovely two hour trip to the small town of Bernkastel.
In Bernkastel we enjoyed a delicious lunch in a lovely cafe and then enjoyed looking at the fabulous gingerbread type buildings in this town. We bought gifts and souvenirs to take home with us. We returned to the boat in the afternoon sun relaxing and enjoying the scenery as we sailed back.
We went to a Wildlife Park which was situated in a vast woodland. We admired the animals and also fed them. There were too many to name, but they included llamas; one with a baby so small and young it had not quite found its legs and tottered like Bambi. There were very tame deer, emus, donkeys, wild boar and goats.
There were lots of activities in and around the hotel. We had a competitive girls v boys French boule game then a game called Molkke which none of us had played before and to finish we played a Dutch game of Sjoelbak which involves sliding discs down a board into targets to score points. It was great fun!
Our next excursion was the city of Trier. We leisurely explored the area. and the most fascinating place we visited was the amazing Cathedral and Basilica with incredible stained glass windows.
We took a trip to Saarburg a pretty small town with a waterfall and river running through the middle. There was a waterwheel and the water flow was used for electricity. We explored the streets and shopped for souvenirs before having a delicious ice cream.