Rhineland-Palatinate

Week 55: In the Eifel

From Kannenbaeckerland we went to the Eifel. A short trip and so we arrived quite early on Sunday in Lommersbach, a part of Blankenheim. We were welcomed by a very nice old landlady from the holiday house Höppches. We got sparkling wine and snacks. Then we moved into the small cosy half timbered house. Really rustic with an open fire place, a washing machine (!) and fast Wifi – at least in the corridor. https://twitter.com/DieMeurers/status/747019555726295040 https://twitter.com/DieMeurers/status/747029945327751168 Right after that we had our meeting with the tourism office to plan the program for the week. A huge surprise were all the regional products we received, like beer and cheese or mineral water and juices. Perfect! So we had enough to eat for the whole week. And we got a lot of reading material like brochures and flyers. After lunch we went out to discover the surrounding of the holiday home and

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Through the Eifel without a digger

There is a German joke: Congratulations. You just won a digger tour through the Eifel. I tried to find out where this joke came from. But could not find any information. We have been one week in the Eifel and would not have got anywhere with a digger because the Eifel is quite big. It does not only cover two federal states, Northrhine-Westfalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, it also covers a huge area. It is divided into x sub-Eifels. Rureifel, Vulcanoeifel, Northeifel… While Rureifel clearly references the river Rur and Vulcanoeifel stands out with the remains of volcanos as tuff cones, gush springs and lava rocks, you don’t really know what the Northeifel has to offer… Joking aside. We stayed in a nice small cute half timbered house in Lommersdorf, which is a part of Blankenheim: holiday flat Höppches. We have been welcomed with a huge food parcel full of regional products.

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Week 54: At the Kannenbäckerland

We stayed in Rhineland-Palatinate and drove from the Ahrtal to the Westerwald. We stayed at hotel Zugbrücke. A great conference hotel with perfect rooms and very fast Wifi. Hallelujah! A small meeting room was our office for this week. That was pure luxury. After our usual schedule planning we strolled through Grenzau. Well we admit, this is done fast, but you will recognize quickly that there is one main topic: ceramic. Everywhere you see things made out of ceramic. Pots, vases, house numbers, figures and even the village map. It seems there is nothing that cannot be made of ceramic. Because the weather has not been very cooperative this week we first did everything indoor. For example hotel photos. From the bar, the huge buffet or the staff. But also from the spa department… Sometimes it is good, when you have to be the model… Wednesday has not been so

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Kannenbäckerland and its ceramic

The role of ceramic in the Kannenbäckerland cannot be denied. As soon as you leave the highway you see at the roundabout huge jars, vases and pots made out of ceramic. And there are also a lot of every day ceramic objects. House numbers, sign posts, flower pots, sculptures and figures. We have even seen ceramic post boxes. Today there are not as many potterers – or ‚Euler‘ how they are called here – as fifty years ago. But there is still a noticeable amount of them. Up to 60 kilns existed in Höhr-Grenzhausen alone they say. Today there are few and smaller ones. And they are not fired with wood and coal briquets but with gas or electricity. Some old kilns can be seen at different places in the village. It is quite impressive when you can walk into a kiln and event can stand upright in it. Okay.

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The Ahr valley (nearly) without wine and hiking

Two things are big in the Ahr valley (Ahrtal). Those are WINE and HIKING. But there is also another side of the valley. We spent one week there and experienced a lot other things without hiking the famous red wine hiking trail or the Ahrsteig. Okay we drank a little bit of wine. But we also have seen many interesting things and spots. We have seen the big sputterer at the spa gardens in Bad Neuenahr. You can drink the healing water but you can also watch it coming out of the depth. The spa gardens are even without the spectacle worth a visit. You can stroll through it and if that is not enough you walk the streets of the old town. And because the Bad in ‚Bad Neuenahr‘ means ‚spa‘ we visited the thermal spring ‚Ahr‘. Unfortunately only for taking pictures. Here you can bath in different kinds

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Week 40: Active at Hotel Weinbergschlösschen

Our 40th week we spent for the second time at the hotel Weinbergschlösschen at the upper middle rhine valley. This time everything was about the hotel again. Family Lambrich has changed quite a bit of the hotel again and built a bright meeting room and changed the lobby into an entrance hall. But that was not enough. This week was also quite active. At the Weinbergschlösschen you can not only eat very well but you can also learn how to cook in their cooking school. So in this school you can watch how professionals cook, but you can also try it out yourself. In the end you can enjoy a four or five course meal that was prepared with some companions. At each place in the kitchen all needed ingredients are waiting. And after a glass of sparkling wine for relaxation work starts. One professional cook attends a small group

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One day in the kitchen of the Weinberg-Schlösschen

The Hotel Weinberg-Schlösschen at Oberheimbach sets great store by culinary arts. Here everything is handmade. We were allowed to spend a whole day in the kitchen and watch how the super team of Marc Lambrich works. From the delivery of the goods to the preparation to the arranging before serving – we saw everything. Have fun looking at the photos! You’d better read this blog post postprandial. Otherwise you might get hungry.

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Week 18: In the Wine Yards a the Middlerhine

Our 18th week of waltzing we spent at the Hotel Weinberg-Schlösschen in Oberheimbach. It is a fine country hotel with lovely designed rooms and a very good kitchen. It is family run and lies in the middle of wine yards. A perfect place to slow down and enjoy. Here at the hotel culinary arts play a big role.  Everything is home made. Achim took this time a lot – that means nearly all – photos in the hotel. For example he spent one whole day in the kitchen – from early morning until late evening: A whole day in the kitchen of the Weinberg-Schlösschen  Panorama Roudtrip Oberheimbach We left the hotel sometimes though. Otherwise we might get a hotel spleen… Our sportive rounds in the morning lead us through the wine yards. Directly behind the house a path leads into the wine yards. From there you have numerous possibilities. For example the panorama tour

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