Ronnie – Black Forest and Alsace Villages
I started the tour with 44 clients at our interchange in Thurrock; we then headed straight to Dover to collect another 4 clients.
The 12.05pm ferry was running (this had been off for maintenance) so we enjoyed a quick crossing to Calais. We were off and running by 3.00pm. Nice afternoon & early Evening, but the weather soon turned to rain that stayed with us all the way. We arrived at the hotel by 10.30pm with the Clients in good spirits, they mostly all stayed in the Cellar Bar with Pretka, who is a real asset to the hotel. Good day all in all.
Off to the Cuckoo Clock Shop at Niederwasser near Hornburg. A nice morning but got colder as we climbed towards Lake Titisee. Clients had lunch (some enjoyed traditional Apple Strudel) then we headed off to Freiburg.
It was very cold in Freiburg, so we went and had coffee on a Roof Top Café in Karstadt Department Store, from which there were some good views. I went back to the coach ½ hr before clients to catch up on some important paperwork.
This evening in the hotel, the clients enjoyed Karaoke in the Cellar Bar with Pretka, some were very good, but I will be playing back some songs to remind myself how they should sound!
We met our tour guide Evelyn at 9.30am at Place EToile. We did a city tour by coach and then Evelyn walked clients to the Republic Square, The cathedral and The Old Town. I went and filled the coach with fuel and washed it (again!). I then rode on the local tram for a couple of hours before meeting back up with the group and Evelyn, and then headed back to the hotel for 4.00pm.
This evening we had a 1 Million Euro Bingo after dinner, which Armin(from the hotel) does in a very strange way. Clients enjoyed it though and it was good fun.
Off to the wine villages, very lucky weather, bright and quite warm. The grapes on the vines were mostly picked but they are a lovely color (can’t believe I’m looking at vines and flowers).
The weather continued to be kind to us and Kaysersberg was well received. While clients were enjoying the town I used the Moterhome Service Point to fill up the coffee machine & water butts “exciting life we lead”.
Then on to Riquewihr for lunch, and the clients that took my advice went on the road train which takes them above the town through the Vineyards with fabulous views over the town and off toward the Black Forest.
Our last stop was Ribeauville, again some of the clients used the Road Train here and enjoyed it.
Again good day, back to the hotel for 5.00pm.
Early start today as we retraced our steps back through France to our ferry crossing in Calais. The weather was nice when the sunlight broke through, and the clients could then enjoy the views of the stunning French Countryside.