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Trip Report Lots of walking, amazing scenery & wine - 3 weeks France & Germany.

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We had a wonderful time on our 'relatively' short trip. We only wanted to be away for approx 3 weeks as we have a new grandchild and another on the way. We both wanted to go back to Europe so let our ff points decide where we would go. So we headed to Dusseldorf with Singapore airlines b/class, they have a new route from Brisbane with fantastic new planes. Unfortunately with points you can't be too fussy re stopovers etc. so we had 8 hours in Singapore. We've done this before and even with the use of the lounge and the free city tour, its a really long time, so this time we booked a 6 hour block at the Transit Hotel. What a great idea, had a sleep and a shower then headed to lounge for a meal and it was time to board.

Arrival into Dusseldorf was smooth sailing, so we'd cleared customs and collect our hire car in record time, it was only 7.30am when we got on the road. Anyone who's read one of my t/r's know we aren't big pre bookers, but as we only had a short time, I'd done a lot of research and had booked most of our accommodation. Our first night was in Bacharach, we drove via Braubach and had a quick visit and walk up to Marksburg Castle. The weather was just beautiful, quite warm. Decided against going in,as we were a bit 'fuzzy' from all the travel and we knew there would be lots of Castles etc. to visit. (plus it was swamped with tour buses)

Had our first schnitzel and beer of the trip, down by the water front. So lovely to finally be there and enjoying this beautiful river. Arrived into Bacharach and was immediately happy with our choice of town and accommodation. We stayed 'at' the Altkolnischer Hof but off site in one of their apartments, such a good location looking out over the lovely town. Nice to have the extra amenities of an apartment for breakfasts and relaxing. We travel with a small 'Nespresso' machine and this time we also took a picnic back pack with basic needs, (thanks to a ridiculous baggage allowance with b/class and the fact that we would have the same car the whole trip) we are quite self sufficient.

We had a walk around the town and up to the Postenturm, Lookout Tower, in the vineyard wow, the views along the Rhine over the town were amazing. I think every Rhine cruise brochure photo is taken from this vantage.

It was time to stop, we were shattered, so we had a drink at the hotels outdoor area (such a beautiful evening) grabbed a great pizza and called it a day........a very long day.

Next is a 'little' walk up to Stahleck Castle

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