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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ausfahrt? So do the Irish, Brits, Dutch, Germans ....  We saw the sign all the time on our way to Germany - when departing the motorway, in and out of car parks, on driveways - hadn't found out what it meant.  

We had to pay to fahrt in Europe. Well not quite, but we did have to pay to go to the loo.  Usually around 50 Euro. Bill reckons he gets his money’s worth. Perhaps it's the toilet paper that’s expensive. At a van park you get to poo for free, but there is NO toilet paper which is pretty shitty - ha ha!! The cost of staying at a van park per night works like this:-

Motor-home/caravan - 7
Per person - 6
Per child - 3.5
Per garbage bag - 1.5 (compulsory to have at least one bag)
Electricity fee - 4
Plus Electricity/kw - 6 (is what we paid for one night)
3 minute shower - 1
3 kg washing machine - 3
dryer - 3

The total for our family for one night, one shower each and one load of washing and drying just under $A60. Needless to say, we don’t stay in van parks too often. To park up ‘where ever’ is not called free camping but wild camping. So that’s what we do most of the time - wild camped (besides it suited Bill’s personality).

Frankfurt was our first destination in Germany. Bill and Ariel took the train into the city to purchase a European map. It was Scuzzy and Sleazy. There were people drinking in the streets, sex and peep shows in plain view and beggars everywhere. 

We moved on to Rudesheim, a small village on the Rhein River, about an hours drive away. Alo said, “it was spectacular”, R “nature-tastic”, B “freaky, fun and fantastic” and Billy “it was nice, it was all right”. In one afternoon, between us, we took 200 photos.We rambled through the pebbled laneways of Rudesheim to the cable car up the mountain, overlooking vineyards across to the Rhine River. Then took a pleasurable hike through the forrest (with sprinklings of panoramas intermingled all along the track), then a chairlift down the mountain to Assmannshausen. We splurged on afternoon tea and then wrapped up our day with a cruise up the Rhine back to the starting point of Rudesheim.This is what Brandi-Chanel had to say:-

Freaky - because of the chair lift - you should have seen how steep it was.

Fun - because we had new experiences and because Dad got carried away with the leaves.

Fantastic - because of all the sights - the fake castle, the secret cave, the Rhine River.

Freudenstadt is one of the Villages in the Black Forrest. There was an early morning frost the day we were there, so it looked more like a White Forrest than a Black one - ha ha. With 7000 km of walking treks we chose an easy 10km (2 1/2 hour) route, but there were so many intersections along the way it ended up being more like a cryptic maze rather than the leisurely stroll we had anticipated. It did take 2 1/2 hours - but we’d only traversed around 4km.

Germany has 1500 variety of sausage, so prior to our hike we’d decided to buy some sausage, cheese and fresh bread from the markets and pack a picnic lunch. On the way back to the van, Bill took a big tasty bite into the sausage and promptly spat it out - it was raw. It wasn't packed with lunch, but it was quite nice cooked for tea - mmm yum yum slerp, chew, glunck!!  

Rising up on a rocky hilltop overlooking the town of Heidelberg, we visited the once glorious Schloss Castle. It was built in the year 1214 in a Gothic and Renaissance stye. The castle and gardens were devastated during the time of the 30 Years War, however it was restored by Prince Karl Ludwig, to later be blown to bits by the French Army. We took a walking tour through the grounds and the renovated section of the castle as well as checked out the largest wine barrel in the world (it holds 220,000 litres). The Castle never regained its original distinction, but still the ruins had a rugged charm all of their own.
Being in Europe, we were now reading signs in other languages. We tried to guess what they meant - from what we’d seen German appeared to have a lot of similarities to English. If we were ever in doubt however, we simply made up our own meanings. For instance:-

Ausfahrt - an ordinary Aussie fahrt with a toot.

Extrafahrt - a super duper fragrant fahrt with or without a toot.

Gute Fahrt - aaaaahh good fahrt - that was lovely.

In Germany they seem to have lots of fahrts, perhaps its all the types of sausages they eat huh, huh, huh!

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john & angie on

brings back so many good memories from our trip over there way back in 1997 enjoy reading your blog stay safe

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