Parking in Narrow Streets


The streets of most towns and villages in the Mosel valley date back centuries and as such were not really designed for the modern motor car or the huge amounts of tourist traffic that the loveliness of the region attracts.

In my town, a certain informal etiquette is followed by the locals which is basically park where you can but respect your neighbours. Whilst that sounds like normal common sense, sadly it is lost on some visitors and I speak from experience as you will soon find out.

My house sits directly on a narrow street, with the entrance opening directly onto said street. Despite the fact that it is a narrow street, it is possible to park two cars in front of the house, one either side of the door. I have never had any problems with neighbours parking there as they make an effort to leave clear access to my front door, and in the rare event there are any issues I know which doors to knock on.

However, the same cannot be said for some of the visitors. Sure, they may not be used to the twisty, narrow streets and parking is at a premium, but countless times I have come home only to find a car parked directly across my front door meaning not only is access to my front door compromised, one car is taking up space usually used by two.

The worst instance was a couple of years ago when a guy from Frankfurt staying in a holiday home further up the street parked so close to my front door, we literally had to climb over his car to get in. It took half an hour to actually locate the owner who turned out to be an extremely arrogant individual who firmly believed that because it was a public street, he was not in the wrong. Had he parked sensibly I would have agreed, but I do resent having to climb over a car to get through the front door! Needless to say, he reluctantly moved it after we started to call the “Ordnungsamt”.

So, this is a plea to all those who visit the area to have some consideration when parking your cars for those who actually live there. You would not like someone blocking your front door would you?


German Efficiency? I Think Not!!

Has anyone had the pleasure (he says tongue in cheek) of registering a car or other vehicle, either one they have imported into Germany or one they bought here?

When I lived in Essen, the local and regional public transport meant that owning a car was totally unnecessary, and it was cheap by virtue of the Bahncard rail discount subscription and also I had a subsidised season ticket from work.

However, my impending change in circumstances means that whilst I will be living in Germany rather than Kuwait for much of the year, I will still be several hours drive from where I regard home, namely Zell. An added complication is my partner lives near Osnabruck and the thought of spending hours every weekend on endless train and bus journeys has prompted me to invest in a car. Continue reading “German Efficiency? I Think Not!!”

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