Christmas Trees at Kloster Machern

If you are looking for a real Christmas tree this year,  Baumschule Erbe from Erden will be selling them at Kloster Machern near Bernkastel Kues between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the following dates:

  • 6th through 8th December inclusive
  • 13th through 15th December inclusive
  • 19th through 22nd December inclusive

Whilst you are there, the monastery (“Kloster”) itself is worth exploring. As well as the usual ecclesiastical buildings, there is also a brewery, museum and winery.

Kloster Machern website is http://www.klostermachern.de/ although it is only in German so you might need to run it through Google Translate.

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Kloster Machern Christmas Trees

Mosel Riesling: Like the Juice of Crushed Slate

I am reposting this article as it’s pretty interesting and my new readers may have missed it. Who would have thought of the slate acting as a kind of natural storage heater for the vines?

The Finest Wines Available To Humanity

Not that you can get juice from crushed slate, but the image definitely evokes the focused, flinty character of rieslings from the Mosel.

In this most northerly of wine regions (it’s at 50° latitude; the latitudinal range for wine growing is 28°-50°) the bits of slate that litter the vineyards store the sun’s heat, transferring the energy to vines which would otherwise lose the will during the cold night hours. The Mosel river itself also helps to nourish the vines, reflecting the sun on to the slopes and providing that extra bit of warmth that encourages the vines along.

And what about those slopes:

Bremmer Calmont

‘Steep’ barely covers it. Look across the river at certain vineyard blocks and they look vertical . The Bremmer Calmont (Bremm is the town, Calmont the vineyard. This is a naming system you will come to recognise if you drink Mosel wines) vineyard on the bow of the river between Trier and Koblenz is the steepest in…

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Chris (t) mas with Chris Kramer – Christmas Show in Five Languages

To get you in the Christmas spirit, Bernkastel Kues is holding a concert called “Chris (t) mas mit Chris Kramer”.

I myself am not familiar with this Chris Kramer or his band, but according to the blurb, he is a well-known harmonica virtuoso. Also, his pianist Nicholas Floer seemingly caused a stir at the Montreux Jazz festival.

The unique thing about this concert is that Christmas carols and other songs will be sung in English, French Spanish, Italian and German or a combination of those. The music spans several genres including blues, classical, jazz, swing and boogie-woogie so everyone will be catered for. An elaborate light show is also promised to add to the ambience.

The concert takes place on Saturday 8th December 2018 in the church of St. Michael in Bernkastel-Kues. Admission is from 6 p.m. with the show commencing at 6.30 p.m. Ticket prices are €18 for adults, €8 for children up to 14 years of age and €14 for everyone else.

Tickets can are available at https://www.ticket-regional.de/events.php?mysearchEventtype=BEJOYNT+GmbH+&+Co.+KG&lang=en and can be either sent by email to print at home, or they can be posted for an extra charge.

The website for the event is https://www.weihnachtsmarkt-bernkastel-kues.de/programmpunkte/weihnachtsbuehne-karlsbader-platz/. Unfortunately, that is only in German which is ironic given the show will be in five languages!

(Image courtesy of Chris Kramer and the www.weihnachtsmarkt-bernkastel-kues.de website)

Moselle for bikers – Mountain biking (Re-blog from European Travel Magazine)

European Travel Magazine

The Moselle region is one of Germany’s picturesque areas in the southwestern corner of this diverse country. Named and defined by its life-giving river: The Moselle. From Koblenz to Trier the river twists and turns about 200 kilometres. Its hillsides are perfect for mountain biking with amazing views and healthy exercise.

The Moselle hillsides are perfect for mountain biking with amazing views and healthy exercise The Moselle hillsides are perfect for mountain biking with amazing views and healthy exercise

The European Travel Team has roamed the area on our own 2-wheelers and offer the last of our 3 recommendations for different cycle trips:

Mountain biking
Strenuous climbs, steep descents, narrow paths and generous vistas. In the Moselle region, you have a network of trails with several thousand meters of altitude in a varied landscape that reward with fascinating panoramic views. Ideal for bikers who want a sporting holiday amongst vineyards and woods.

Nothing gives an appetite like a few hours of slowly climbing the steep…

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