Moved up the Mosel past Trier to Weingut Edwin Pauly a small stelpatz with 4 places with views facing the Mosel but after parking up (nobody came for money €8 ) and having a stroll into the small village we decided as there was not much there and we would need bikes to get about we moved on to Urzig . Arrived Urzig and luckily got a place at the end overlooking the Mozel . Small village with great views watching the barges and cruisers on the river . Free services and water and €8 for 24 hours,€2 for electric if you need it. Next day we moved up the river to a stelpatz we had stopped at before at Traben Trabach which was surprisingly quiet as last time we were here we couldn't get on . The entry is now via a camered barrier which takes your reg and then you pay at machine inside. €13 plus tax of €1.70 made it the most expensive stop but you get toilets ,showers,electric (i blew a fuse ) and free wi-fi .A half hour walk down the river and across the bridge and there are many bars/cafes. While we were there they had a large craft market, and also an Aldi and another large supermarket close by. Now Sat 20th and we move a little further down the river for the weekend to Zell. Busy stelpatz outside a campsite (you can use services) €7 for 24hrs and managed to get a spot on the river. Nice village across the bridge which had a wine festival on the Saturday. Massive shopping centre close by but not walkable unless you are a mountain goat. After a bit of shopping at Zell Barl and a top up of gas we went back down the Mosel to another site i have stopped before on the river at Kinhiem €9 a night plus extra for electric.As the temperatures are now getting up to 40 degrees we move from Kinheim to a small private stelpatz at Piesport €8 a night again on the river with plenty of bike trails for the cyclists. We walked into the village and found a very nice cafe/bakery . There was still not a lot of shade here so off again tomorrow to find shade somewhere.Moved a bit further down the river to Ensch again on the river but luckily we found some shade under a tree as it was now getting unbearable heat wise .Very small village across the road with just i shop which was a grocers bakers and butchers. Services also on the opposite side of the road so if you do stop a few days make sure you are full with water another at €8 a night. Bit of wildlife here for a change with a couple of unusual birds and a deer.As it was getting no cooler we decided we would stay until late morning when the sun came round the trees and then move on and use the cab air conditioning and a bit of shopping to try to cool down. We needed to refuel so called at Remich on the Luxembourg border. The intention was to stop here as it is a nice touristy village but when we found the aire even though it had an open air swimming pool next door was unshaded and the heat was getting worse so we found a hypermarket and did a bit of shopping . From here we went back to Perl and did a bit of shopping and stocked up with some Aldi wine . The stelpatz was empty when we got there around 6pm and we found a bit of shade under a tree. From Perl we again opted for Dudelange for the weekend as we were going into Luxembourg for the Darts Open in which a friend of ours Darryl Fitton (The Dazzler) was playing. Again it was fairly quiet when we arrived but it did fill up a bit later , the weather also changed a bit and we got a bit of much needed rain. Left Luxembourg Sunday afternoon and as we wanted to get somewhere near Calais so we could spend Monday without much travelling as we had a 12am ferry on Monday night Ghent was on our route up so we opted for that . A busy free stop on the yauchtdreef in a car park close to the canal which was handy just for the night . Left Ghent and had a short trip to Calais and Cite Europe where we chilled out for the day doing a bit of shopping ,washing the van and the relaxing before the late ferry.We got an earlier ferry (11.30) so arrived dover 12 am uk time so i filled up with fuel and set off to do most of the 6 hour trip before the traffic started. Trip was ok until the M1 around Luton at around 2.30am and i have never seen so many lorry's nose to tail making passing very hairy.(will never go this way again). and to make matters worse junction 4 -5 on the M6 was closed making it a detour through Coventry.
Europe 2019 continued