A Passion for All that is Wine

Dirk has a Passion for All that is Wine

The German wine-growing season is slowly reaching its climax: Bad Dürkheim’s Wurstmarkt, the world’s largest wine festival, has just broken a new attendance record (with nearly 700,000 visitors over two weekends), while many similar festivities still remain to look forward to. Today and for the rest of the week, we will return to one of Germany’s foremost wine-growing regions.

I firmly

A Passion for All that is Wine

Beaches and Billionaires

"Old Town of Antibes"

To be honest, I did not know that much about the town before we came a few days ago for our hiking trip on the French Riviera, much less…

… the beaches and billionaires of Antibes.

We had been here some years ago on a daytrip, a half-day trip to be precise, while staying in Cannes. It was a mere 5 minutes or so away by train – which is probably

Beaches and Billionaires

We Are In Antibes!

"vacation rental in Antibes France via HomeAwayUK"

Finally, we are in Antibes!

And the big news is that our vacation rental in Antibes – our base for the hiking trips we have planned along the French Riviera the next week or so – is much prettier than we had dared to expect.

It’s a real “maison de caractère” as they say over here, …

… and on top of that, the flat itself is spacious

We Are In Antibes!

One of the Wine Festivals You Might not yet Know

Do You Know Your German Wine Festivals? Having told you so much about wine festivals in the Palatinate for the past two weeks, we simply have to take you to one.

Although I must quickly add that the Kaisertafel in Speyer, the region’s historic capital, is not, strictly speaking, a “wine festival” and more of a Town Festival where wine plays no more than a supporting role. But it was

One of the Wine Festivals You Might not yet Know

Fancy Two Days in a Vineyard?

"Dirk Renzelmann of Gut ZumStein in the Palatinate"

The ZumStein vineyard in Bad Dürkheim is one of the oldest and one of the most modern in the Palatinate wine region. It has a long tradition of producing high-quality whites for clients in Germany and abroad (including some prestigious corporate ones), but owner Dirk Renzelmann makes it a point of offering more. A lot more.

Dirk Renzelmann – proprietor of ZumStein and wine grower in Bad Durkheim

ZumStein hosts

Fancy Two Days in a Vineyard?

The Largest Wine Barrel in the World

"The largest wine barrel in the world in Bad Dürkheim"

For the first two days on our recent hiking trip to the Palatinate, our base was the town of Bad Dürkheim, which is the main tourist centre of the area, beloved by mainly local visitors (German, Dutch, Belgian) for its pretty townscape, its lovely surroundings – miles after miles of vineyards – and its long and distinguished history. The only thing of Bad Dürkheim that most overseas visitors ever get to see, however, is this.

The Largest Wine Barrel in the World

Day Dreaming of Adventures and Glory

"easy hiking as adventure for beginners"

Still Day Dreaming of Adventures and Glory?

Continuing, in a fashion, from where I left with my last post (the final item on my “Summer reading list about hiking”), here is something which is not directly referring to hiking – actually, quite honestly, it makes no direct reference to hiking at all – but which is carried by the same observation: namely that civilisation, for all of its merits, leaves a huge hole

Day Dreaming of Adventures and Glory

A Summer Reading List About Hiking

"Easy Hiking essentials"

When you read this, we will probably be on our way, exploring the hiking trails, castles and vineyards of southwestern Germany on the invitation of the Rhineland-Palatinate Tourism Board. More of that soon.

We will be away all of this week and try to keep you up to date as much as we can, but life as a hiking blogger has one great disadvantage: posting from the trip

A Summer Reading List About Hiking

Pretty Provins

Day Trip from Paris

If you have ever visited a major city anywhere around the world, you will be familiar with the problem: metropolises produce such enormous fields of economic and intellectual gravity that they tend to hoover up anything of cultural interest in their immediate and even not-quite-so immediate neighbourhoods.

For centuries, the question for people with the means and the taste to create something interesting has always been: why

Pretty Provins

Five Colours of the Asphalt Forest

Hiking landscapes can be other than gurgling streams, towering trees and breathtaking mountain views. You can have equally colourful and interesting experiences in the urban trail of the

Asphalt Forest GREEN

The German town of Bruckhausen, once a city of the future, now very near the end of its tethers.

YELLOW

Urban architecture, as we know it today, was more or less invented in Genoa.

Five Colours of the Asphalt Forest