Flying Over the Vines

The Mohlin

The Mohlin

On the second day at Ile du Rhin we cycled up through the forests on the German side of the Rhine. The cycleway crosses the Mohlin (a tributary of the Rhine) first, then there are lots of deserted tracks through the forests on the north of the rhine here, ideal for cycling with dogs.

Sailing on the Rhine

Sailing on the Rhine

We cycled back on the cycle path alongside the Rhine, then over the bridge and back to the campsite. There is a very good baker just on the German side of the bridge…lovely brotchen (= rolls I think)…I bought seedy dark ones….full of malt and rye…delicious.

The next day we drove north along the superb german autobahns to Bad Durkheim.

Route to Bad Durkheim

Route to Bad Durkheim

Winery Close to the Stellplatz.

Winery Close to the Stellplatz.

We landed on a Stellplatz (N 49.474015 E 8.191595), in the heart of a wine growing region in Southern Germany. The Stellplatz looks out over rows of vines and is very close to the Bad Durkheim Flugplatz…a small airfield. We had a lovely afternoon sipping the local white wine in the airfield bar, watching the light planes coming in to land over the vines.

Coming in over the Road

Coming in over the Road

A Bit Lower. Lucky its not a Jumbo Jet.

A Bit Lower. Lucky its not a Jumbo Jet.

These two were pretty good and got down first time. One of the pilots however must have been learning, or perhaps just had a heavy night on the vino, and bounced in and out of the vineyard on his first two approaches, which he had to abort. He got in on his third attempt.

Gliding In.

Gliding In.

This chap glided in very neatly.

Max likes it here

Max likes it here

The Stellplatz is quiet and linked to the campsite nearby…€11 for the stellplatz and an extra €1 for the water. We barbecued peppers and sausages for tea.

One of the Locals

One of the Locals

Anyone know what this is? (I know its a bird…is it some sort of crow?)

Baby Grapes

Baby Grapes

The vines are covered in bunches of micro grapes.

Bad Durkheim Centre

Bad Durkheim Centre

There is a very good network of cycle tracks here and we started off by cycling into Bad Durkheim.

What's all this about?

What’s all this about?

This is a large building we passed on the way to Bad Durkheim; there are large suspended swathes of black fabric material with water running through them…..not sure what they are and our German wasn’t up to asking. Anyone know?

The Worlds Largest wine Barrel

The Worlds Largest wine Barrel

There is a bit of a wine theme here.

Heading East from the Stellplatz

Heading East from the Stellplatz

After lunch in Bad Durkheim we set off into the countryside, again along an excellent cycle track through forests and fields.

Dogs and Dog Roses

Dogs and Dog Roses

There is much in bloom at the moment.

Blossom

Blossom

There are a lot of trees covered in these white flowers…looks a bit like laburnum but the wrong colour.

 Local Industry

Local Industry

Beehives everywhere.

Busy

Busy

Spring Onion Picking

Spring Onion Picking

We passed an army of workers picking and bundling up spring Onions.

Lettuce Patch

Lettuce Patch

And a few lettuces.

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Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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10 comments on “Flying Over the Vines
  1. simongregor says:

    I’m no expert on birds, but I think that might be a Jay…

  2. Sue and John Knutton says:

    We think it is a Jay, Peter. We saw a lot of them when we lived in France. Blue on the breast is the clue. They screech. Enjoying your travels!

  3. Jim Palmer says:

    Peter,

    I am almost certain the bird in question is a Jay a relative of the magpie, crow etc ( all corvids ). We have seen them in the garden at Flanders but in recent years the rather more aggressive magpies have moved in and driven them further afield. We are up in north Northumberland for a week but have not had the energy to start a blog, which is naughty because the moorland and coastal scenery is spectacular. What happened to your plans to visit Provence? Keep up the blog, for us it is Europe by proxy, wonderful stuff !

    Jim and Val

  4. Chris R. says:

    I concur – it’s a jay. And the tree looks like an acacia. Go back at night and see if it has folded its leaves up.

  5. T&R says:

    Lovely pictures you to . I think the white flowers could be Wisteria creeping up into the tree.my brother has a white one. Should have a lovely smell,if you can get your nose out of a wine glass. Only joking. T&R

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