Gilze (Tilburg) to Beilstein transition
Trip Start Sep 12, 2010
34Trip End Oct 14, 2010
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Anyone doing this with a TomTom, take note: Beilstein, Germany is NOT Beilstein, Mosel. There is this small 200km difference, which thanks to Maree's quick thinking we did not explore. When TomTom showed a 5 hour trip we were able to cross-check with Google Maps, which came up with a different Beilstein.
The trip was uneventful, if fairly tedious and marginally stressful. In NZ we tend to think that given an unlimited limit on the open road, everyone would go as fast as they can. Not the case here, we were generally in 130 kph zones and while some drivers were travelling at 140-160, the majority were at only 110-120. It is surprisingly difficult to travel at 130 kph, it just doesn't feel 'normal'. Things go by too fast and the vehicle, while near new, was much more comfortable at 125-130 than at 130+. We are driving a Citroen Picasso C4 for the technically inclined
Finding the hotel was interesting, because we couldn't persuade TomTom to navigate to the correct Beilstein, so instead navigated to Cochem, the nearest town. From there it was navigation the old way. We remain convinced that without the GPS this holiday could not have happened, navigation would be impossible without it.
Also, there is no parking at the hotel, you park on the waterfront and walk back. It was a warm and sunny day and half Germany was on holiday here, so parking was at a premium. We remain very glad we bought small suitcases and backpacks, so we are completely self-contained.
We are now safely installed in what is a drop-dead gorgeous location. It is literally picture-postcard perfect. The room is great, the service really good, the view is to die for and there is free wireless internet.
God's in his Heaven, all's right with the world (apologies to Browning).
More when I'm fully sober, the default glass size here is 210ml and we had to try the local riesling and an unpronouncable red wine.