From Speyer to Jaligny-sur-Besbre

We’ve decided that we’ll be spending winter in Spain, so over the next few weeks we’ll be travelling through France. Current thinking is that we’ll be visiting the Dordogne region, a pretty wine producing area with several villages which are rated amongst ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France’, and from there we’ll head south to … Read more

Auf Wiedersehen Deutschland… Tschüss!

It seems that most Brits only tend to travel to Germany for a long weekend, or for a specific event such as the Oktoberfest or a football match. That’s certainly the case with us, as before this tour we’d only been to Germany a couple of times – a mini-break in Berlin and a weekend … Read more


The stellplatz in Feucht, just outside Nuremberg, is the 300th unique overnight stop on our trip (ie not counting places we’ve stayed at twice). It’s a lovely quiet place, and it’s made a nice change to spend the evenings in the tennis club bar instead of the van. We had dinner there one night as … Read more


Today was one of those days where it all went pear shaped, but turned out great in the end! We’d planned to stop at Lidl and to fill up with diesel before leaving Bamberg, and then drive to Bayreuth. Once in Bayreuth, we’d stop at a laundrette before parking up at the stellplatz and visiting … Read more


Unlike Würzburg, Bamberg escaped the Allied bombing in WWII, and the town is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. We arrived at the stellplatz at lunchtime, and there were fortunately a few spaces so we parked up, had lunch and set off into town – a 20 minute walk along the river. Bamberg really is … Read more


Würzburg is the city at the northern end of the so-called Romantic Road, which wends its way down to Füssen and Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, which we visited last year. In March 1945, around 90% of the historic city of Würzburg was destroyed in just 17 minutes by 225 Lancaster bombers. After the war the historically … Read more


We stopped at Bad Neustadt on our way to Schweinfurt (‘Bad’, the German for baths, means that it’s a spa town). It was another pretty town, though there wasn’t much to it beyond the main square. This morning we continued on our way to Schweinfurt, which translates as Pig Ford! Apparently nobody knows how it … Read more

From Wetzlar to Oberhof

Wetzlar Carol started getting déjà vu as we pulled into the stellplatz at Wetzlar, and after getting out of the van for a quick look-see, she confirmed that we had stayed there previously. On checking the map on this blog, we did indeed stay there just over a year ago when we were fast-tracking from … Read more

From Andernach to Montabaur

Andernach It was only a short hop from Mayschoß to a stellplatz at Andernach on the Rhine, though another road closed for roadworks added an extra 10 km to the journey. We knew that the Andernach stellplatz would be busy, so we arrived at around 11 and took one of the few empty spots. Driving … Read more