But this week I have been at the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Commons Wood site near Welwyn Garden City and it turns out to be an attractive oasis of calm not far from the madness of the M25, A1M, Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City. Really quiet and peaceful it has just 68 pitches spread over six acres so quite small and intimate and, as you would expect, beautifully maintained by the wardens with excellent facilities.
And a five minute taxi ride will take you to the station and forty five minutes later you are at Kings Cross if peace and quiet is not you scene.
So it’s quite a find and reminds me once again not to drive past local sites!
“In the most romantic part of the Moselle Valley, where the river curves between two hiking paradises – Eifel and Hunsrück – lies the old town of Cochem. Even the Romans sang the praises of this remarkable landscape. It is true – a few things have changed since then, but the attraction has remained because the past centuries – above all the Middle Ages – have left their marks here.”
I used to think Cochem on the Mosel was a tad too touristic for my personal taste but the mistake I was making was not looking beyond the main street facing the river which is indeed full of restaurants and shops selling stuff you really don’t want to buy.
On that score I learned a harsh lesson years ago when I was in Kuala Lumpur and saw a simply magnificent Elvis Presley t-shirt which was a full colour photo of the Great Man screen printed onto a silk shirt. I had to have it. It looked so good in crowded bustling KL. To my disappointment I looked absolutely ridiculous wearing it walking to the pub where I live in Felsted. Some things simply do not travel.
On this German trip I was able to spend more time in Cochem and found it to be a real jewel – highly recommended!
The list of towns worth visiting on the Mosel is endless and Saarburg is right up there in the top five in my opinion. Not large, just a 6700 population, and sporting Germany’s only active bronze bell foundry. The town started life in 964 (the American tourists I met in the main square could hardly get their heads round that) and has in turn been occupied by Luxembourg and French troops over the years.
It is a delight to visit and followers of this blog know that one of my main loves when travelling is finding a street bar and watching the world wag by. Saarburg scores “dix points”.
Very much enjoying my trip along the Rhine. Quite apart from the scenery, the Rhine is so busy for barges, trains and river cruise ships. And then of course there is the wine!
As readers of this blog know, normally I would be booking with The Caravan and Motorhome Club but on this occasion, in order to meet my demand to move to a new location almost every day, I am with Manda Tours as the tour operator. Owned and run by Michael Hirschhauser this is well organised with tremendous attention to detail. More details are HERE