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Trip Report The Bilbos go buying 90 bottles of wine

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The original plan was to catch a ferry from Yorkshire to the Continent and then visit three centres to buy wine over 6 days during three wine festivals at the end of September. You can see some of the details at http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/a-little-wine-tasting-long-weekend-france-and-germany.cfm.

Well life comes along while plans are being made so the trip became
Ferry to Rotterdam
Bad Durkheim in the Pfalz; 2 nights at the world's largest wine festival including wine shopping
St Hippolyte in Alsace, 2 nights at a young wine festival plus wine shopping
Trip through the Black Forest to the Austrian/German/Swiss border area for 3 nights
Urzig on the Mosel for 2 nights, just wine buying
Ferry back to Hull

For some reason we booked many of the these hotels ahead of time and did not follow our usual method, so we used Booking which, once again, like so many booking agencies does not cover certain countries very well (this includes specifically France and Germany) so, once again, I'll go back to Google Maps for future trips.

Throughout this drive of 1000 miles or so we never seem to be out of sight of wind turbines or solar panels.

Day 1, packed the car and head off to Hull. I worked there for 4 years about 10 years ago and it always impresses me as I find more of it. This time we find some Victorian fountains on one of the boulevards (surrounded by grotty streets it is an astounding fountain) and the new giant Tescos in the centre of town where we have a late lunch Chinese buffet. The ferry is pretty well empty mid-week but is clean and tidy and while it leaves on time the heavy fog in the North Sea means we get off it in Rotterdam an hour late.

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