I am not a huge fan of statistics as no matter how factual they are, and if read out of context they can be misleading also.
Tractors are some of the few items of machinery used during the grape harvest here. The steep of the vineyards make mechanisation a challenge, and most things are done manually as they have been since the Romans first introduced grapes to the region. Continue reading “Mechanising the Grape Harvest with Tractors”
The great thing about the Mosel valley is its accessibility. It is located close to the borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, France and the Netherlands, and excellent transport links make getting here from anywhere Europe a breeze.
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. Continue reading “5th Medieval Days in Trier”
Over the weekend of 27th to 29th July 2018, the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress which sits above Koblenz will be buzzing with over 150 street artists, comedians, acrobats and jugglers, cabaret artists and poetry readings. Each evening, there will be a spectacular cabaret programme. Continue reading “Koblenz Gaukler Festung (“Jugglers Fortress”)”
Be transported to the days of chivalrous knights and damsels in distress at a Medieval Spectacle which takes place on 9th and 10th June 2018.
The banks of the river in Kues 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 at 11:30 am on Saturday and ends at 11 pm. On Sunday, the hours are 11:30 am through to 6 pm. Tickets cost €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 the following link:
I love these sketches by fellow blogger, observationaldrawing.
…So, over Easter Sarah and I managed to get away thanks to our friends dragging us/driving us across the water (laughs) and we had a fantastic short holiday in and around Merl and Zell on the Mosel in Germany, Sarah and I’s first holiday abroad.
I still snuck some sketching in mind, the place was beautiful and full of great looking architecture set against the fantastic landscape* of this wine making region (the Mosel).
*imagine a scaled up pennine valley without any of the industrial blots on the landscape and instead picturesque collections of spires of all shapes and sizes, dominating Disney/Medieval style pitched roofs and shuttered windows.
None of my drawings will really do it justice, but it was fun trying to capture the scale and the relative antiquity of the views… above, looking across the Mosel River…
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An interesting little article about Cochem from the blog Kiddo In Awe.
Who would’ve ever thought that besides all those big wonderful cities in Germany, small cities like Cochem are a real miracle. A little miracle alongside the river Mosel.
I remember this day as yesterday~ another one of those spontaneous trip with people I barely know at the time. All I can say is that traveling makes you grow closer to human beings.
While chilling in the shades on a hot dazzling summer day, the view around you just consumes you. The blue vivid skies as you lie on the green grass, surrounded by natures grace. As harmonious as life can get, Cochem is worth a visit.
The Reichsburg Castle in Cochem is a castle built on a rock of approximately 100m above the city. In this castle tours are given in multiple languages. Besides the normal tours, there are also tours made specially for kids.
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We’ve had some snow so everything is starting to feel a little more festive, which is great news for those planning on attending one of the famous German Christmas markets which are now well underway. For those of us living in or visiting the Mosel valley, the unique combination of the magical market atmosphere coupled with picturesque surroundings really is unbeatable.
So, wrap up nice and warm and head off to indulge in a glass or two of the ubiquitous “Glühwein” (warm mulled wine) or “Eierlikor” (eggnog) whilst browsing the multitudes of stalls selling crafts, trinkets, sweets and a whole host of other traditional and not-so-traditional Christmas goods.
Most towns big and small have at least one market, some lasting just for a few days and others for much longer. You can find a selection of those that take place in and around the area by clicking here, or for those happy to take a day trip a little further afield, try here.