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Today’s a slow news day as they say, as we were a little slow to get up and moving from Baden-Baden.
When we did, we went in search of croissants. This was a relatively easy task as we were back in France again in the blink of an eye.
Heading further north towards Luxembourg was our aim today. The drive today was a beautiful one, with more small towns dotted along the way, in amongst the changing colours of the forest. It is this, combined with a significant drop in temperature today that heralds that winter is planning on making itself known before too much longer.
We crossed into the Moselle wine region, but we weren’t overly tempted on this occasion. Rightly or wrongly, I’m not a big Moselle fan. Perhaps I am just too spoilt after all the wonderful wine sampling I’ve been accustomed to of late.
We pass through the Vosges du Nord Regional Park, a vast area of protected forests and wetlands.
There’s no such thing as too many French pastries
Driving gives us the munchies. I think it’s got something to do with just sitting around, as opposed to being on the go in one town or another. It’s also incredibly easy to find an array of delicious pastries. The cost of pastries also declines with every metre you get away from Paris. Sometimes we’ve bought three croissants and a baguette or a pastry and it has cost us less than €4.
Today I had to work a little harder for my morning tea. We stopped at a town called Sarreguemines, located at the confluence of the Saar and Blies Rivers. My husband stayed in the motorhome, making a cup of tea, whilst I jumped out and ran across the road. This normally takes a minute or two, even with my “food” French.
After asking for a couple of items, the lady behind the counter was just staring at me. Had I mixed up my French? I’ve been using similar language in other towns without any issue, so I repeated my order again. This time she responded with what I thought sounded like “eins”. Sure enough, she continued to talk in GERMAN!
Now I’ve been travelling through a few countries and sometimes the words get mixed up in my head so I couldn’t quite comprehend her (and German isn’t my strong point anyway). So, I felt like I was back on my first overseas trip, resorting to pointing at the window and using my fingers to count.
Finally, the pastries got wrapped up and put in their gorgeous box, and I was off, with a receipt, to go and pay at another counter. As I waited at the counter, I realised that the box seemed to be rather heavy for two items. So, I peeked inside only to see four items piled high. I was hardly surprised that we had a mixup.
So then, I had to go back and try to communicate with her about my problem. Eventually we succeeded, the extras went back in the cabinet and I was on my way with a revised receipt. Perhaps I could have kept all four, but I didn’t need to start any new habits.
The pastries were certainly worth it, and it was nice to have a morning cuppa.
After I did a little research on this town, it became clear as to why it felt a little confused. Whilst it is now French, it sits extremely close to the German border, but it is it’s history of being a part of both France and Germany that has contributed to this hybrid situation. It’s a common trait of border countries.
We follow the River Saar, long and wide, and clearly a well used waterway. Long tourist river boats are moored alongside a myriad of other river vessels. Further along, the town of Saarbrucken sits on the German side of the French border.
Before too long, we are approaching the small country of Luxembourg, completely landlocked by France, Germany and Belgium. We had not been here for 17 years so it was great to be back. I was very much looking forward to exploring Luxembourg City tomorrow. But for now, the day had turned rather miserable, so we decided to go to our campground where we planned to stay for the next few days and relax.
22 rte de Bettembourg
GPS N 49.5722 E 6.1085
- Open from Easter until 31 October.
- Large campground with 161 large, grassy pitches (susceptible to muddy conditions when it rains).
- Excellent wifi, can be used in the motorhome.
- Good laundry facilities but only one washing machine and dryer meaning in peak times there could be a queue. Machines also take quite some time to run a cycle. (I know, I drank a number of wines and ate heaps of cheese whilst I sat in here watching our washing!).
- Bathroom facilities are good in terms of quantity and cleanliness but had the WORST hot water (ie none!) of any camp ground we stayed at.
- One of the cheapest campgrounds to stay in. Cost €34 for two nights, two people, motorhome and electricity
- Cash only
- Close to bus stop that takes you into the city. It is approximately 400m walk to the bus stop and buses come regularly. The number 18 bus will take you directly to Hamilius bus stop in about 15 minutes. This provides easy access to the main hub of Luxembourg City. Tickets are €2 and are valid for two hours. They can be purchased on board from the bus driver. On the way home, your stop is Kockelscheuer Camping not Kockelscheuer. The latter is the end of the line and a long walk back to the campground.