The crossing of a chunk of Europe, from England, through France, Germany and down into Austria to spend a week in the Alpine town of Schladming. A return leg then through the mountains of Austria and Switzerland, back into France for a swim in Lake Geneva and on home to Rilhac for some gardening and friends, then a short stay in Paris to finish of the trip before returning to England. It was an amazing trip with so many sights, this post is just a short opener with a few pictures from France and Germany as we passed across during our first day and a stopover night in Bad Bergzabern.
I love the adventure, however slight, of heading out into the world, and as we leave England behind, I wait for the coast of France to come into view. Ouistreham, one flank of the D-day beaches, now the beaches are filled with tourists and the noise of a funfair greets us on our arrival.
A sunny morning always makes the start of a journey. We have audio books ready, and it’s away into France, to Rouen, then lunch at Beauvais where we passed the magnificent cathedral pictured.
We stayed away from the motorways on the first part of the trip, heading across North of Paris, parts we have never travelled before. We made a few detours into the wilds to get away from slow traffic, the propellers of a wind generator travelling across France by the back ways. It might have been better to move them at night though, still lots of people stuck waiting for them to negotiate roundabouts, corners and narrow roads.
There were three of these, plus lead cars, trail cars, hangers-on and assorted outriders. We made it past Reims and back onto motorways for the run Metz and the German border. I had a loose target of Karlsruhe for our night stop but when roadworks sent us into the hills and woods of the Dahner Felsenland we chose a town at random. That place was Bad Bergzabern. On a side note, European borders are disappointing these days, look at the German France border below.
Once settled we went to see what all the noise was. In the park behind the hotel, an outdoor festival was playing music to most of the town. We decided to relax after the drive with a drink while we listened from a distance. Weissbier and Dunkelbier, just the way to enjoy a short stay in Germany.
And finally a quiet spot to listen to some live music before we head to bed.
More to come from the trip so come back soon to see Austria and some great mountain views.