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June 2, 2018

The wines of the Saar and Konz-Eberemmel, Germany!

Ok so here we are, reviewing my many travel trips in Europe. This is really the last of the Saar State of Germany.  It is time to tell you about a little town in the Saar of Germany we rented a house on a winegrowers home. The family love it and we had a lot of fun trying our German, which is zero! Well my dear late wife Martine, knew some words and numbers from school days in France so that was it. Anyway, it was great fun and the people were very friendly laughing with us lol!  We talked to the owner by her daughter who was in Frankfurt.

Konz is a city in the Trier-Saarburg district in the State of Rhineland Palatinate and on the confluence of the Saar and Moselle rivers at about 8 km south of Trier. The main metro area is Konz and several villages are part of it such as Oberemmel , which is where we were staying.

One place to see which we did not is the “Roscheider Hof” estate is used today as an open-air museum. It consists of several buildings, with the core of the site formed by buildings around a rectangular courtyard. The Roscheider Hof was first mentioned in a record dating from 1330 The Roscheider Hof Open Air Museum is the open air museum and Folklore Museum of the Greater Saar Lorraine Luxembourg Region. The museum is situated in Konz, on the Saar and Mosel rivers, 8 km west of Trier and 30 km east of Luxembourg. It is a museum for rural cultural history in northwest  State of Rhineland Palatinate.  The info webpage is here: http://www.roscheiderhof.de/index.php/en/

OF course, we concentrated to have it as a base and participated in the Festival of bitburg beers and local white wines , dances , traditional music groups etc with a winery on practically every block of the small town of Oberemmel. Wine producers and info on wines in the area see here: https://www.saar-obermosel.de/en/wine/saarwine.html

Oberemmel

Of course , on my previous blog post you have the house winery (above) we stayed on and more on the little village of Oberemmel. https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2015/08/24/the-saarland-of-germany-konz-oberemmel/

A couple of webpages to help you plan your trip here, it is worth it.

Tourist office of Konz Oberemmel  in English:  https://www.saar-obermosel.de/en/citiesandcommunities/konz-oberemmel.html

German site with info on the Churches of Oberemmel: http://www.dekanat-konz-saarburg.de/html/konz-oberemmel.html

Saarland tourist board in English: https://www.visitsaarland.co.uk/

It is a very small town less than 2K folks but very quaint and friendly and central to going out in Germany western parts and Luxembourg. Hope you enjoy it as we did.

And remember, happy travels, good health and many cheers to all!!!

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June 2, 2018

Jewels of the Saarland of Germany!

Let me give you a final look at the Saarland or the State of the Saar or the river bordering Germany and Luxembourg, of quaint nice small towns with interesting sights. This was our trip by car to Germany and we visited these two amongst others. A lovely ride by car along the river Saar.

Saarburg is a city of the Trier-Saarburg district of the Rhineland-Palatinate State on the banks of the Saar river in the hilly country a few kilometers upstream from the Saar’s junction with the Moselle river.

My previous blog post on Saarburg : Saarburg

The history of the city begins with the construction of the now-ruined castle by Graf Siegfried of Luxembourg in 964. It received its town charter in 1291 . During WWII was occupied until 1948 by troops of Luxembourg and from there until 1955 by French troops. From 1968 to 2010 there was a French battalion stationed here.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip

tourist office of Saarburg : https://www.saar-obermosel.de/en/citiesandcommunities/saarburg.html

city of Saarburg tourism in German, http://www.saarburg.eu/tourismus.html

Mettlach  is also in the Saar. it was a village with an abbey in the duchy of Lorraine attached to the diocese of Trier . This abbey was founded in the 7C .

My previous blog post on Mettlach: Mettlach

Mettlach has two rail stations on the Saarstrecke that runs betweenSaarbrucken and Trier , but the lovely ride is from the road B51 to Konz and Merzig, just lovely indeed.

There are things to see here like the famous and lovely factory and store of Villeroy & Boch Discovery Center. Right in the old abbey building and a wonderful way to discover the universe of this house of home deco, accessories, ceramics really very famous here too. More in English: https://www.villeroyboch-group.com/en/visitors-and-tourism/old-abbey-discovery-centre.html

Mettlach

We love the shopping here (Martine love it) on famous names at least in Europe and at lower prices, this is the shopping center outlet mall of Mettlach: http://www.mettlachoutletcenter.de/fr/marques.html

Saarschleife or the bend on the Saar river with a classic view from the  Cloef ; unless you go there and inquire at the tourist office for outdoor activities very difficult to find something in English on the web so here it is in German: https://www.tourist-info.mettlach.de/de/saarschleife.html

St. Lutwins Church built in 1847 which replaced the old church from the 8C, again more on it and the Chapel where he is at on this German webpage: http://www.saarland-lese.de/index.php?article_id=439

Mettlach

Old Tower (burial site of St. Lutwins); on the above Church and this tower, more info found in English at the Villeroy & Boch site here: https://www.villeroyboch-group.com/en/visitors-and-tourism/old-abbey-discovery-centre/around-the-old-abbey.html

Mettlach

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here

City of Mettlach Tourist info in German : https://www.mettlach.de/tourist-info/

Tourist info on Mettlach in German, https://www.tourist-info.mettlach.de/de/

In all ,it was a pleasant drive by here, and the best way to travel. Hope you enjoy the tips and photos.

And remember , as always, happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all!!!

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June 2, 2018

The Basilica museum and more of Echternach, Luxembourg!

Here we are on another weekend , the end of May beginning of June. Time passes fast, already one month of the passing of my dear wife, Martine. And here, I am recounting all the wonderful spots we have visited in the past.

We had decided to go further into Luxembourg rather than just visit the Capital city,and this is one of the town we decided to see coming from our base south of Trier, Germany. It was a pleasant surprise and easy parking at the entrance of town.  We follow road 419 along the Moselle river crossing at Grevenmacher and going up along the other side of the river on the road 1/10 to Wasserbillig and then on the curve of the Sure river to the parking at Rue du Pont in Echternach. Oh yes we came to visit the city of Echternach! in Luxembourg!

My previous blog post on Echternach is here: http://: https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2015/08/29/echternach-luxembourg-and-its-basilica-museum/

Echternach is in the valley of the Sure on the frontier with the State of Rhineland Palatine of Germany, and known as the oldest town in Luxembourg. It is part of the region of Luxembourg known as the Little Swiss Luxembourgeois and part of the district of Grevenmacher in eastern Luxembourg. .

The town grew up around the walls of the Abbey of Echternach which was founded in 698 by Saint Willibrord an English monk from  Ripon in Northumbria i(in present-day  North Yorkshire England), who became the first bishop of Utrecht and worked to Christianize the Frisians.. As bishop, he was the Echternach  Monastery abbot  until his death in 739. It is in his honour that the notable Dancing procession of Echternahc takes place annually on Whit Tuesday.

Very old history,just to note ,in 1940 the nazis invaded the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to face later France and UK It is here that the 10th panzer division comes thru with the objective of crossing the Meuse river to reach Sedan.

Some of the things to see here are

The hopping procession of Echternach is a religous procession very unique in many ways. It is at the origin of the history of the abbey of Echternach and its founder Saint Willibrord (658-739) It is an internatinal procession in honor of the Saint Willibrord because of the great number of pilgrims. The first mentioned of this procession dates from the end of the 15C. More on this here: https://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/place/specialevents/dancing-procession-echternach

There is the Roman town of Echternach it is witness to the presence of before the abbey of Echternach. The abbey belonged to Luxembourg with a Roman past. The origins Gallo Roman of Echternach discovered by work done on an artificial lake in 1975-1976. The Roman city is done on a central section of 118 meters by 62 meters and this central section is composed of a monumental room flanked by living spaces like kitchen and bedrooms. Around this central section you have roads taken you to a big triclinium and other to a spa  complex; and from here to the rustic part which was the economic zone that is symmetrically to the left and right of the ramparts walls on th south of the town; composed of at least ten buildings. More here with further link to museum: https://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/place/misc/gallo-roman-site-echternach

The Basilica of Saint-Willibrord was built in the 11C on the spot of a Caroligian Church of which she preserved the crypt. Destroyed in great parts in 1944 during the Battle of the Ardennes but later rebuilt on the identical. In the Crypt there is a neo gothic coffin on a sarcophagi in stone with the relics of Saint Willibrord. On hte vault there is in the choir paintings showing the scenes of teh life of the Virgin.  More here: https://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/place/misc/st-willibrord-basilica-echternach

There is a beautiful museum in the Abbey part of the building also the Basilica. More here: https://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/place/museum/museum-of-the-abbey-echternach

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Other things to see are the Market Cross, the Justice Cross or Johannes Bertels, the bridge, the lookout, ramparts on th south side of town ,and the old city center.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and it is worth it.

 City of Echternach on tourism in French: http://www.echternach.lu/fr/culture-loisir-et-sport/chiffres-et-histoire-de-la-ville

Luxembourg tourist office on Echternach in English: https://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/mullerthal/echternach

Tourist office of Echternach: http://www.visitechternach.lu/en

Hope you enjoy the post, thanks for stopping by. And remember, happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all!!!

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