Ehh, wow!

ehh, wow!

We have fallen back in love with Bavaria. Think Telly Tubby land, rolling lush green pastures with clumps of fir trees and chalet farmhouses the size of primary schools bedecked with balconies overflowing with geraniums like red froth from an Octoberfest stein. Then add some beautifully calm lakes and add in a backdrop of pointy, purple mountains and you have near perfection. And mostly the people have been lovely, although one or two do have the propensity to tell you off for walking on the cracks in the pavement, or other associated cycling offences. They normally get a retort from C who takes no prisoners when it comes to the telling off process.

ehh, wow!

We moved onto Forggensee just short of Fussen to a Stellplatz bolted onto a campsite (€15 not inc EHU). The first afternoon we cycled into Fussen with Neuchshwanstein (aka Chitty Chitty Bang Bang castle) always shimmering on the distance halfway up a pointy mountain. Fussen is lovely, as is the lake, and as is always the case in Germany, the cycle paths are fab. Fussen is one big restaurant/cafe with its own castle on the hill and we loved it. The next day we cycled round the lake to Neuchshwanstein, parking at the bottom and walking up quite a hike to castle and a bridge which spans a local gorge with views across to the castle and out onto the plain. Superb. We then cycled through the mountains into Austria and followed the old Adriatic to Germany Roman road back to Fussen, stopping to look at some falls where the mighty Lech leaves Austria and enters Germany. It was home then for Currywurst mit Pommes at the campsite restaurant. Fab again.

Then we moved to Sonthoffen, another Stellplatz, this one slightly more organised but still coming in at €15. We both exercised (again) and then today cycled the 30 miles up the valley to Oberstdorf. Any of you who know anything about German skiing will recognise the names – it’s also where the British Army ski; soldiers used to come here in their thousands for some winter adventure training. The cycle back was slightly downhill, which wasn’t a bad thing. We’re both knackered now.

the Lech…

The books continue to do well in the US. I’m now at my highest placed ranking (nowhere near best seller, yet!) and the trend is slightly up. I have been concentrating on advertising in the US as any formal Facebook campaign doesn’t seem to register in the UK. I’m going to keep that trend going for the next week and see if I can build even more momentum in the US. We’ll see, and I’ll keep you posted.

Moving on tomorrow. Heading Calais way I think. It has been a great break for both of us and Bavaria clearly has its attractions. We’ll be back!

Have a great week!

Spitzingsee

We met another MH chap (Ian) and his wife when we were at Chiemsee and he put us onto maps.me, which is a free map App which covers the whole world. When you zoom into an area it automatically downloads detail in the region of 1:25,000. This detail is then always available to your device and marries up with your GPS telling you where you are at any time. It is fab. He also runs a website called Search for Sites. This has thousands of camperstops, including the one we are currently parked at on Spitzingsee, a beautiful small lake nestled in the northern Alps (€12) with views to die for.

Spitzingsee – fab!

We are parked next to a Germanised Macedonian Iron Man and his wife. He’s got all the gear and runs round the lake (so do we, but looking like tramps) and then dives in the water – all before breakfast. Actually with no English spoken (our German works in a biergarten, but nowhere else), we have got on famously including sharing his birthday cake and learning that his name is predictably Igor and he used to command a T84 battle tank for the Macedonian Army. You do meet lovely and interesting people when neighbours get changed on a regular basis.

We both ran round the lake in wettish weather on our first afternoon here. Yesterday we walked up the local mountain, following a cable car that was €18 each. We would have walked anyway, but felt much better about getting to the top for free. What was interesting was that the routes weren’t all pedestrian friendly and much of the trek was akin to walking in the Lakes – which suited us, but was a surprise. Of course, there were plenty of hilltop Gastattes for beer and coffee if that took your fancy.

we started from down in the valley floor…

Today we cycled almost into Austria. A twenty mile there-and-back trip, up and down some big climbs with the bikes doing what they do beautifully. Without them we would have missed a short but spectacular gorge and a picnic on the side of a tiny lake with chocolate box views. Fabulous.

We’re ten days away from our ferry and now feel completely decompressed. What started a little haphazardly has turned into a lovely break in the mountains, a combination of exercise, eating well and fabulous weather providing a real tonic. I’ve got some work in mid-September through to late October. We hope at that point to head back down to the South of France for eight weeks (staying at our fave camper-stop, Plague D’Artistes), come back for Christmas and then, maybe after a break skiing, head off down to Spain and Portugal for ten or twelve weeks. In all of this I should be finishing off book three – I have done some research for the prologue already and hope to start it in the next couple of weeks. Once I’m up and running, I think it should flow. I want to make it darker than the first two – still a Sam Green book, but based in Moscow with Sam as an MI6 agent. I have some plans…

That’s all from us. I hope you’re looking up Mrs Sun’s dress as we are at the moment (did I just say that?). You know what I mean…