5th Medieval Days in Trier

Be transported to the days of chivalrous knights and damsels in distress at the Medieval Days which takes place on 28th and 29th July 2018.

The area around the Kurfürstliches Palais will come alive with all things Medieval from jugglers, traditional music and dancing, fire eaters, knight’s games to traditional craftsmen selling their wares and much more. Of course, food and drink will be available from various cook shops and taverns.

The fun starts from 11:30 am on the Saturday and ends at 11 pm. On Sunday, the hours are 11:30 am through to 6 pm. Entry costs €8 for adults and €6 for kids under the age of 16, students and pensioners. Family tickets cost €16 which covers two adults and all children up to the age of 16. Children under 1.20m in height admitted free.

The brochure for the event (sadly only in German) is available by clicking here.

Zeller Lange Tafel (Zell Long Table)

On Saturday 20th July from 11am, the 2018 Zell Long Table (”Zeller Lange Tafel”) kicks off.

As the name suggests, a 400 metre long table runs the entire length of Balduinstraße (which is the main shopping street of the town) at which local cafes, bars, restaurants and even shops serve up various food specialities and of course copious amounts of local wine.

A host of events take place throughout the day. Of course, most will be in German, but the people are friendly and the atmosphere is great. The programme is as follows:

11am – Official opening.

12am – Tour for children followed by spaghetti making and painting competition. Meeting point is the Schwartze Katz fountain. Ends at around 2pm.

5pm & 7pm – Performances of the play ”Zeller Schwarze Katz” by the laymen of the town hall. The play (in German but still entertaining) tells the story of how the town’s wine was named.

10pm – Lantern walk and cellar tour of the Zeller Kelterhaus. Meeting point at the Schwartze Katz fountain.

There will also be live and disco music.

Paragliding – Who’s Up For It?

This is one sport that seems to be very popular in the area, and during the recent superb weather we spotted quite a number of paragliders soaring above the river. What a great view they must have, and once you get over the initial fear of being at the mercy of a big piece of cloth and a few ropes I expect the adrenalin rush must be incredible.

Has anyone tried it? I could be persuaded and my son is keen to have a go, but my fiancé possibly could be convinced.

Wacky Races

We saw several of these strange motorbike things in Zell some time back. I am fascinated as to what happens when they come to a halt – are they self balancing or does the driver have to stick his feet out Wacky Races style to stop the thing toppling over?!

Football Madness

Germans, like the Brits, are well known for their enthusiasm for football. However, this Borussia Dortmund supporter in Zell Kaimt takes his team loyalty to a whole new level.

BVB

I am not sure what the neighbours think of it, but tourists love it!

Mosel Flood Levels

If you ever wondered how deep the Mosel gets during winter, the pic above says it all.

I am 6’2″ (189 cm) tall so had I been standing at that same point in Cochem in 1993 I’d have been in serious trouble! And for any of you that have been to Cochem, you will know that the normal level of the river is significantly below the street level..

Trading German Beer for English Tea & Bacon

I suspect many of you who drive to Germany for holidays or whatever are guilty of this. My best mate and his three sons came to visit from England and they brought over several month’s supply Tetley tea bags, English bacon and Cheddar cheese.

As you can see, rather than taking the truck back empty they took advantage of the cheap booze here. No Riesling made it onto the truck – we polished the whole lot off at the weekend…

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