Postwar Eights on a European Tour
The Standards rest alongside
The River Rhine in Germany
Four Swiss members decided
on an eight day tour of Germany, France Luxemburg and Switzerland
this summer. Here is their Story:
Standard Trip, Black
Forest, Vosges, Luxemburg, Mosel, Rhine and Odenwald
Saturday, July 12
until Saturday, July 19, 2008
Heidi and myself
decided to make a eight day trip with our Flying 8 DHC. Barbara
and Franz joined us in their Flying 8 Tourer.
We left home at 6.30
in the morning. It was a dull, rainy day, but soon the sky cleared
up, when we met Franz and Barbara at the German border in Waldshut.
We climbed up the hills of the Black Forest. 20 km later Franz’s
car the car didn’t work anymore. I searched for more than a hour
just to find out, that the condenser in the distributor wasn’t
working anymore. So I changed it and everything was ok. We drove
along the Schluchsee and Titisee to have a drink in the restaurant
"Heaven". Afterwards we went down to Freiburg, over the
Rhine to Colmar and through the Alsace for lunch. In the afternoon
we climbed up the Col du Bonhomme to carry straight on towards
Nancy where we stayed overnight at the IBIS Hotel. Later in the
afternoon we took the sensational tramway, which runs on rails and
as a trolleybus, into the beautiful town of Nancy.
The next day,
Saturday, was a short drive from Nancy to Luxemburg. We had our
hotel near the main railway station and spent the afternoon and
the evening in the centre of Luxemburg which is well worth
Monday morning we
left Luxemburg to drive down to Remich, on the Luxemburg border of
the Mosel. We followed all the way along the river with its huge
vineyards and stayed overnight in a Mosel wine hotel in Bruttig, a
nice old town. We had luck and bad luck, as in front of the Hotel
was a wine fair, so until 3 o’clock in the morning there was
music and dance which gave us in the end only a few hours sleep.
continued along the Mosel until the river joins the Rhine in
Koblenz. We drove up the road along the Rhine, again huge
vineyards on both sides, passed the famous Loreley and stayed
overnight again in a wine hotel in the old town of Bacharach. This
time it was a quiet hotel.
Wednesday, we were
still driving along the Rhine, bypassing Bingen and Mainz to
continue up to Nierstein, also famous for its wine. We took a
little ferry which brought us over the Rhine and continued into
the Odenwald, with a constant up and down through beautiful
forests and a lot of good restaurants, worth while for a glass of
wine and good food. We stopped in Michelstadt, a traffic free old
town, to stay overnight in a old, beautiful hotel. With our old
cars, we were allowed to drive into the town. After a nice dinner
and a few glasses of vine we spent a quiet night.
Thursday, a short
drive of only 75 km to Speyer, near the Hockenheim Ring, where on
Sunday the Formula 1 race took place. The museum of Speyer, sister
museum of the technical museum Sinsheim has a wide selection of
old cars, airplanes, submarine and big organs. The newest
acquisition is a Russian space ship. We stayed at the museum hotel
and visited in the evening the old town of Speyer, well known for
Friday we drove
slowly towards Switzerland and stayed another night in the Black
Forest in Enzklösterle, a nice Black Forest holiday resort.
Saturday, the last
day of our trip continued through the Black Forest towards
Schaffhausen in Switzerland. 15 km before the Swiss border my
Standard didn’t work anymore. As I could not find out in short
time what it was and as we were near home, I phoned my son who
picked us up with my trailer.
But in all, it was a
beautiful, unforgettable week and we were lucky with the weather.
We covered in these 8 days 1’550 km (975 miles)
takes a break
suspect these are vineyards along the Mosel
Well done Werner,
Heidi, Franz and Barbara,
Judging by the
photos, you had much better weather than Lynda and I! I hope there
was nothing too much wrong with your car and that it is fixed now.
Coming home on a trailer, well, whatever next!
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