We've embraced the 'Slow' philosophy as a way of life - what's the hurry?. Taking time to smell the roses (usually on a glass of Viognier) is more our style. Having spent more then 3 years on the road, slow travel has become a way of life. We have revised our plans completely and now focus on quality, not quantity, slowly.
Summer arrived with a bang last weekend and
we camped in the Rheingau wine region in 32 degree heat near Rudesheim. We
loved taking Boris out for a run and getting back into our ‘slow camper’
Town of Rudesheim
The Rheingau is very beautiful with wines
to match. Riesling is the main variety of this region but they also grow some
pinot noir and a few lesser whites. We of course felt it our professional duty
to try/buy a few and had a wonderful aged Riesling with lunch - simply stunning,
perfect. We brought a few stunners home with us for special occasions – it’s
Rheingau riesling vineyard
German food doesn’t improve and I’m finding
it rather dull. I’ve got to stop ordering salad as mostly I find it inedible,
drowned in a white dressing of an indeterminate nature.
We met some more new friends in the
campsite, hopefully we’ll catch up with them somewhere along the way in their
4WD camper. This is one of the things that we love about the nomad life, we
meet interesting people all the time and often stay in touch.
Decided to trade-in Boris - what do you think??
Actually there was a tractor meeting in the campsite - only in Germany?
We’ve also spent some time in the Ahr
Valley, only a half hour’s drive from our door. So named because as you look
down to the river from the vineyard walking trails, and just sigh “aaahh”. The
valleys are dotted with Hansel and Gretel villages, impossibly steep vineyards
and wonderful walking trails.
Ahr Valley Vineyards
Picturesque towns aplenty
On Wednesday we are off to the UK for the HUBB
Overlanders meeting. I know you‘ll all be breathless with excitement at the
thought, and will wait with eager anticipation for my trip report!!! I promise not to bore you with the details. We will be catching up with some
travel friends and are stocking Boris with cheap Spanish and Italian wine to
There’s been some ongoing discussion in the
Johnstone/Loughton household about the coming winter and where to spend it.
Options include, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus… You know we need somewhere relatively
warm and dry and a bit civilised, so we decided to go back to SPAIN!!. There
are very few campsites open in Greece and Turkey in winter and rather than
rough it for 3 months, we’ll head back to our favourite bolthole of El Puerto
de Santa Maria (‘El P’ for short.)
Once we head to Turkey we’ll be roughing it
for 6 months on our trek across the wilds of Mongolia, Siberia etc, so thought
we’d get some luxury camping in before we head off – makes sense to us.
OK, so the wine and olive oil are also
major attractions – but can you blame us? From there, we’ll head to Morocco and
do a few bits we missed last time, then ferry to Livorno, drive across Italy,
ferry to Split and head south to be in Greece by March. Makes sense???
Well that’s the latest plan, but you know
us by now, anything could happen…