2 more days and 3 countries!
24.07.2007 - 25.07.2007 25 °C
We left the Chateau (very reluctantly) after Camilla got off the phone to her parents. With the Lonely Planet as our only guide it seemingly offers sufficent information to get oneself around Europe yet we feel that it is notably inadequate when travelling by car.
Destination 1 - Strasbourg (3+ u-turns later)
Strasbourg has two crowning features we were in search of, their gothic cathedral which rivals all others in sheer height (142m) and adornments on the facade, and Little France; which is a network of locks, cobblestone streets, 15th century 1/2 wood houses with bowing walls and cafes.
At the 6 o'clock chime of the church bells we left the sunny evening behind us as we had a long drive ahead to Luxembourg. A vital teastop in a wheat field to enjoy the sunset calmed us before searching for the campsite, location unknown.
Destination 2 - Luxembourg (u-turns unknown...)
We drove and drove and drove before finally pitching the tent 20 minutes before the next day. There was a benefit to staying so close to town as we packed up early and were able to explore town during sunrise. Feeling enthusiastic for the final visit of a European city we headed into Luxembourg at around 7am. Shrotly after leaving the car parked in a prime location we walked a short way before Steve realised the camera battery had died.
Seeing this cute little capital without photographic equipment was not an option so Camilla remained in the sun on a bench while Steve ran back to the car. On his return he found to his horror a damsel in distress. Poor Camilla was standing on the park bench surrounded by a pack of hungry wolves. It was difficult to tell from her vantage point at such a height what exact breed of yapping chihuahua they were!
A cappucino and croisant was the only medicine for such a fright and pennance for Steve's dessertion in a time of need. Full of energy we explored the streets and walked to the palace, stocked up at the farmers market, admired the Spanish fortifications carved into the rock and viewed the village below from the city perimeter. Although it was only a short visit it we found Luxembourg to be a delightfully picturesque city to conclude our european site seeing adventure.
Our final objectives for this stage of the trip seemed simple. Find Frankfurt Hahn airport, confirm the car dropoff location, settle in accommodation nearby and use a washing machine. Clearly our fundemental assumption that Hahn airport is in Frankfurt led us astray as it is actually about 90km south west of the city. To add to our confusion the freeway detour for works took us past the correct turnoff, argh! Finally, to ease our concerns we found that Sohren, the only reasonable sized village near Hahn didn't have a laundromat.
Thankfully, our delightful family run hotel owner offered their sunny backyard to dry out the tent, helped with a load of washing and was perfectly positioned next to the quaint traditional German guesthaus and restaurant Camilla had her eye on for dinner. We feasted (understatement) sitting in the sunny courtyard eating and drinking as we reminisced with delight at the wonderfully friendly people, diverse culture, spectacular sights and fabulous food we have shared in Europe.