6.21.09 to Heidelberg to Luxembourg

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6.21.09    We left Prague early this Sunday morning and it was a good thing since it took quite a while to wiggle back out of the city.  Whew!  Some of the roads were under repair, requiring detours.

 

Then long drive today to…

 

Heidelberg, Germany!  Arrival:  3:30 pm on a rainy Sunday afternoon when hordes of tourists were attending a festival.  We wanted to find a Park & Ride or bus parking (which was crammed full and there were no motorhomes there, so I doubt we’d be allowed) so we could enjoy the old city for a couple hours.

Campground exit
  But no luck! 

 

We drove all through the city, traversed cobblestone streets, went to the end of Heidelberg, and turned around to head through the other way. We saw the lovely architecture, the castle, the bridge, the rain, traffic, festival, and crowds- and we got out of there as fast as Sugar could take us. 

 

Wow!  What a busy little town!  Since the town is very popular, it’s summer, a festival in action, and the town is geographically sandwiched between a river and a high mountain, there is little room for parking.  There are no outlying areas and the nearest campground was 8 km east of town.  So while we were sad not to have time to explore it more, at least the kids got to see it, which was more than I’d originally thought we’d be able to do.

 

So onward we drove for several hours into Luxembourg!  It is a wee country, but home of the European Union base.

Czech Republic countryside
  They speak Luxembourgish here, did you know that?  I thought it was Dutch, but was corrected by a local.  They also speak some German and French, since those countries are borders.  We saw a sign for Paris 419 km away (250 miles?) and couldn’t believe it!  We’ve gone a long way around to be that close now! 

 

We’re at a campground just south of Luxembourg City and can take a bus into the city in the morning. 

 

Campgrounds here close between noon and 2pm, allowing no gate access in or out, so we may go to the free parking at the Park & Ride 1km up the street just in case we return to Sugar during that time.

 

We are finally within about 5 hours of Amsterdam.  Since our ferry leaves Rotterdam, an hour south of Amsterdam (near Delft!) on the evening of the 24th, we have just 2 more nights!  It has been a push and I while I kick myself for shortchanging these countries at the end, the pleasure of unfettered roaming in the early days was what “freedom” in RV’ing is all about!  I’m so grateful we’ve gotten to see and experience as much as we have.

 

Today marks the end of 3 months in Europe, having arrived on March 21st !  We’ve driven a total of about 6500 miles since picking up Sugar in Dublin.

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Nice Prague campground owner
Nice Prague campground owner
Campground exit
Campground exit
Czech Republic countryside
Czech Republic countryside
Czech Republic
Czech Republic
Czech Republic countryside
Czech Republic countryside
Czech Republic countryside
Czech Republic countryside
Back into Germany Deutschland
Back into Germany "Deutschland"
German Autobahn
German Autobahn
Castle on the hillside in Germany
Castle on the hillside in Germany
Heidelberg
Heidelberg
Heidelberg
Heidelberg
Luxembourg campground road
Luxembourg campground road
Luxembourg campground
Luxembourg campground
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