Friday, 20 October 2017

Bavaria

We move south eastwards to Bayreuth where we settle in a for a couple of nights at Lohengrin Therme


Perfect relaxation in a very nice spa for six hours
We came out thoroughly refreshed and squeaky clean


Trundling on we encamp at firstly Pleystein, a lovely small village in the hills but with a local church that chimed its bells all night!, then an intended stay at Vohenstrauss on a large dedicated parking area for MHs with free services including electric and views

We set off walking our socks off!





My Lumberjack....


I told Nina this was a warning of savage wild dogs....



So after a very long walk we returned to our stellplatz to find the motorhome bay next to us steadily filling up with Bric a Brac (Nina's description)
This was being brought in and stacked/sorted by an array of Polish and Czech vans that (in our opinion) were touring the local streets collecting the junk that the local Germans put out for next day council collection
Not an issue really if they would have done it over the other side of the vast car park but not in the actual motorhome bays and certainly not after dark as they were
One of the guys wished me goodnight as we packed up and left and I fear my response was not what he wanted to hear....


So after driving in the late evening (not a good idea BTW) we find a lovely spot way up in the hills at  Hetzenbach advertised as being next to a restaurant 
Noisy bells again but we were quite tired and too late to pay the gasthaus a visit so just crashed out for the night...


Back on schedule we pay a visit to the Glashutte at Arnbruck
This is a vast glass and pottery selling emporium with very nice gardens and far too many cafes to tempt you in
It was a sunday and the car park was rammed but managed to find a spot with a couple of other vans next to the busy main road, moving later to a quieter spot once they'd all gone



One of many sunny terraces that day



We even break out Max and head for the hills and the Czech border as its a stunning day at 21 degs
These two fellas do the rounds on a sunny terrace as we sunbathe overlooking the border


After a quiet night its very different at the Glashutte as its Monday and the Barbarian Hordes are off at work leaving us to make yet more 'essential twinkly light' purchases and of course have elevenses in one of the now deserted cafes


Those dieting look away!


Another day another beautiful location, this time at Lalling overlooking the sports field


No wonder the Germans are so good at football, the facilities are excellent at village level with a very level well manicured pitch


If thats Hell then we'd better make tracks soon for Passau....


You guessed it, more walking in the woods



More fungi of unknown origin



You'll be amaized how fast these guys get the crops in..


Woodland wanderers




Why not get buried in the woods?
Cant think of a better resting place..




Passau is next up and we park a good 3km out of town on a 'noisy by day, quiet by night' stellplatze near the railway and walk in to town
So many cars here awaiting onward travelling but bound for where?


The 'Dom" sitting high above the city





Check out the size of this instrument!



All this walking means occasionally a monster kebab is in order and how delicious it tasted!


Nina spots a walking accessory 
Yes but only if you carry it...


Sunset on the Donau..


Our current resting place (18km walk yesterday) is Trostberg just up from the Chiemsee, a huge lake which we will blast around later on Max in the glorious autumn sunshine which we are lucky to be having at the moment


A walk to the nearby village of Altenmark an der Alz reveals a Klosterbrauerie, the stuff of dreams


Having nipped in to make a phone call..


We return outside to drink those 'Dunkles vom Fass'


Temptation abounds down in the village and we succumb to two of many choices so graphically illustrated..





























Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Birthday-Beers-Brauhauses

Bad Wildungen was our next port of call seeing us parking on the outskirts of town and setting in to a healthy walk uphill in to the Altstadt with the now familiar timbered houses


'Herbst' is upon us and pumpkins are everywhere


We only stayed the one night to recharge and service the van and TBH that was enough here...


Our lunchtime stop and walk next day saw us visiting Homberg


Some very old houses...


and the ubiquitous Konditoreis...



We make it to Tann in the rain and crack open some recently acquired Detmolder Landbier which really hits the spot


They call it sunshine apparently and it graced our presence next day for a short while

Parked alone on the Festplatz in the bottom of the lovely village we hatch a plan to go eat my 'Birthday Meal' in the town two days early to guarantee being somewhere good to celebrate and not get caught in the 'Wilderness' somewhere


One of the local Gasthauses stumps up my special 'Vorspeisen' request of mixed meats


This has to be the biggest Schnitzel we've ever encountered
An inch thick (overcooked 😏) and a real jaw aching but tasty challenge for Nina


A couple of days later and my Birthday starts in style with a lovely card from my equally lovely wife..💕💕


We are at Mellrichstadt for the main event so go off for a long walk after a cracking breakfast served up by my personal assistant for the day


Its a mix of showers and clicking walking sticks as we bang out around 18km


Starvin' he was guv!
Not home yet but the first cafe back in town was doing tasty kebabs
(so much nicer than the garbage served back in the UK by far)
Well it was my Birthday!


Still with walking gear donned we enter a really nice bar to round off the day
A couple of Jagermeisters went down a treat...


We move off to recamp not too far away at Kulmbach


A really nice town is this with some beautiful old architecture 


Even the doves have a Des Res

So here's the deal..
If you don't care for hearty rustic cooking, walking all day or cycling in the woods, frequenting seemingly endless Brauerei and drinking old fashioned proper beer out of big mugs then..
Germany is really not the place for you!


For us its probably the centre of the Universe!


Look how fed up we are!


To add to temptation Kulmbach has several Brauhauses to visit all selling the town's famous Kulmbacher beers 
(Not to be confused with the giant Krombacher brewery in Kreuztal)
We park up at the back of the Mönchshof Brauerei for a couple of nights and taste their delights at lunchtime


Schnitzel folded and stuffed with bacon/cheese filling


Another monster Munchenschnitzel for my eating colleague which found its way over to me later..


Topped off with Kaiserschmarm and beer of course
(Thick flipped and chopped pancake with apple puree)



To burn off those calories we ironically walk the town and find the source of all things heaven like 


Ahhh, decisions, decisions...