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Trip Report Trip Report: France, Germany, Estonia and London.

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Hi all. This is my second attempt to start my trip report. As I was previewing my original message I somehow deleted it and can't find it. Pain in the you know where!!
So here I go again.
First of all, thank-you to all those who contribute on this forum and offer sound advice and recommendations. Many great experiences were had because of you input.
Please note: As we travelled for 5 and a half weeks, I will not include minute details as that would make for a very long trip report. However, if you need or want specific details please do not hesitate to ask.

Trip Itinerary:

Bacharach - 2 nights
Heidelberg - 2 nights
Tubingen - 2 nights
Strasbourg - 3 nights
Eguisheim - 3 nights
Dijon - 7 nights
Cochem - 3 nights
Tallin - 3 nights
London - 5 nights
Paris - 5 nights

My husband and I love good food and wine and our trips are centred around wine and wine-growing regions. This was our 3rd time to France, 1st in Germany and Estonia for me (2nd for hubbie) and 3rd time in London for me (hubbie travels to London several times for work).

We left Melbourne, Australia on 22nd May flying Qantas Business class (FF points) to Frankfurt via Sydney and Singapore. A relatively comfortable flight for such a long trip. Arrived in F/f 6 am, picked up ou hire car form Hertz and headed for our first destination - Bacharach in the Rhine valley.
We were too early for check-in so we took the opportunity to stretch our legs and explore the gorgeous town of Bacharach. It is exactly what you'd expect a German village to look like - half-timbered houses and cobble-stoned streets. The morning was cool and misty and the sight of the sloped vineyards made me feel like I was in paradise.
The Rhein hotel is a family run place. It offers comfortable, clean and modern rooms. I recommend it. It is nicely located on the river and the staff are very pleasant.
Feeling human again after a hot shower, we stepped out for lunch at Restaurant Dinze (sp.), opposite the Alte Haus. It was ok for lunch.
As I said before, please ask for more specific details if you want them. We had too many meals too give all food and wine details and prices. Ask and I will provide.

Not quite satisfied with the wine we had with our lunch, we decided to do some wine tasting at the place next door to the Alte Haus. This was great - for 18 euros we got a cirular board (carousel) with 16 glasses of wine and a bread basket. Sitting in the sunshine, sipping on German riesling, what more could I want. I am in heaven. Coupled with jetlag and the wine had previously at lunch this is going to my head but I'm not leaving any behind! I've waited to long to drink riesling in the Rhine.
After a quick toilet stop, we board a KD ferry and cruise the Rhine towards St Goar. Feeling hungry again after all that wine, we head straight for a cafe and each order warm apple strudel with cream and ice-cream and black coffee. We explore the town on foot dodging the tourist train and visit Burg Rheinfels - a castle in ruins. St Goar, lovely as it is seems too busy and touristy compared to Bacharach and I am happy with my decisision.
We take the train back to Bacharach and walk around a bit more before dinner. The hotel restaurant - Stuber's - has a lovely dining room and great food. The chef is the hotel owner. White asparagus is in season and it is on every menu we've looked at. We both have them in differnt forms. We have starters and mains and a bottle of riesling; normally this would easily be polished off with room for dessert - not tonight. After a quick walk, we go to bed early for some real sleep.

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