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June 7, 2019

Oberemmel, wine country house, Germany!

Let me bring you back to our trip to Germany. Of course  , I have been to Germany and so has my family on several trips but this time we decided to rent a house in wine country and see the smaller towns of the Saar region of Germany. It was awesome, and we sure will be back.

We chose an apartment in the winemaker’s house in the town of Konz-Oberemmel where we rented for two weeks as our base; the town is lovely, and the stay was good with excellent quality/price ratio. This is the town page on the tourist office, http://www.saar-obermosel.de/en/citiesandcommunities/konz-oberemmel.html

The rental at Willems & Hofmann was here , Willems & Hofmann wine country house rental

oberemmel

oberemmel

oberemmel

oberemmel

It was in the 2nd floor of the building,  it had an entry stair a bit tight, then kitchenette, dining/living room combine with two windows in the attic, two bedrooms with two twins beds on each and the sofa bed in the living room; coffeemaker, microwave,medium size fridge, closets, the bathroom with shower and window;cable TV with some English stations for news, plus French, Spanish,Portuguese,etc. no telephone and no wifi/internet. The rent was discounted as we rented two weeks so it will change according to your stay and season. The family daughter and winemaker speaks English, and it is the daughter who handles the initial rental by email. The owner mother does not speak English.

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oberemmel

oberemmel

The town has one grocery store and one bakery, that is it, 1700 inhabitants, one spoked English and two French, the rest German and our few words. The reception in town was very friendly, and all folks try to help us; we did attack that grocery store Edeka-Krumm. More in German here:Edeka Krumm grocery store in Oberemmel

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The bakery was Baeckerei Baasch, no webpage but here is some info in German. Baasch Bakery at Oberemmel

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We were lucky to arrive at the time of the Wine Festival in town, with live music until the wee hours, and plenty of white/red local wines and bitburg beers as well as sausages of all types and friendly service. The town is full of private wineries so on every street there is one to taste lol! And of course, in the wine festival there were all!!! The town page is here in German but you can see the festival announcement weinfestival/ The site I found it now in German is here: Wine Festival in Oberemmel

And the place we rent it and are wine producers on site Weingut Willems-Willems is this one in German: Willems wine maker in Oberemmel

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oberemmel

oberemmel

In all was a memoral trip for my family and I recommend doing this with yours in wine country right to the root of the good earth, no big cities fancy hotels, just come and enjoy the real Germany and its wine producing regions at Konz Oberemmel. Hope you have enjoy it as we did and do and post again for the memories that will linger forever with my dear late wife Martine.RIP

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

 

 

June 7, 2019

The chair lift or cable car of Vianden!

So here I am reminicent about one of my favorite countries in Europe and the things we did there as a family. Going there was always a family affair, and we love it. The family discussions on where to go was lively!

I would go to Luxembourg city only, but the family asked to see something else and me the always same spot guy had to bend, just a little lol! So off we went to see other spots in Luxembourg and we end up at Vianden! There is a beautiful castle here but what we had a lot of fun and took several times during our stay there !!! was the chair lift or cable car of Vianden. A must for the whole family , if kids needs to be able to stand on their own for the steepness of it.

Vianden

It works like a ski lift you stand on the mark spot the chair comes in and lift you and lower a bar. At the top there is a café . Perched on the hilltop amidst a sea of green, a visit to Vianden Castle is one of the most popular things to do in Luxembourg, and for good reason. And I have previous post on the castle. However, the best way to get to the castle other than a car is the cable car or chairlift! For the best views, make a beeline to it and be whisked above the pastel jumble of the old town and soft curves of the Our River.. From here it’s a short walk of about 10 minutes to the castle if you wish to look inside. For a different perspective, visit the viewpoint on Rue de Diekirch near the Hotel Belvedere. Make sure to take your camera in tow to capture magical views of the castle from above at altitudes from 230 to 440 meters!

Vianden

vianden

Some webpages to expand on my story line above and help you plan your trip here are

City of Vianden on chair lift in French

Tourist office of Vianden on the Chairlift in English

Tourist office of Luxembourg on the chairlift in Vianden in English

And there you , another side trip or different way to go up and see the wonderful castle here. I must add the car route thru city center is awesome and going up the tight hilly roads interesting too/ However, for the whole family thrills the Vianden cable car /chairlift deal is very good too.  Hope you enjoy it

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

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