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“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!

Christopher Macgowan