Picking up where I left off in the previous post is our last day in Germany. We drove to a little town named Sohren which is about 10 minutes away from the Frankfurt Hahn Airport. We had decided to stay at a little place called Hotel Schinderhannes that was adorable instead of booking a room at the airport hotel due to possible noise issues. It didn’t really matter since we only got about 4 hours sleep preparing our bags for luggage requirements on Ryan Air. Cheap tickets but you had better make sure your luggage doesn’t weigh more than 10 kilograms for carry on baggage. Checked baggage can only be 30 kilograms. We stashed anything too heavy in our Scottie Vests which have a million pockets that are large enough to carry a laptop computer. We needn’t have worried though because we didn’t even meet the maximum when we weighed the baggage on the pay scale when we arrived at the airport.

After we checked in at Hotel Schinderhannes it was beginning to mist rain but we decided to go ahead and drive to Cochem since the town had been on our agenda at the beginning of our trip but we had knocked it off the itinerary due to time constraints. I am glad we went ahead and drove over to Cochem that day even though it was raining off and on. The mountain roads are full of switchbacks but I had already learned to drive carefully on them during our first week while in Baden Baden.  It is amazing to see the vineyards perfectly planted on the tiniest steep patches of land along with the wow factor of picturesque little hamlets everywhere you look.  We kept passing small bands of motorcycles (lots of Harleys) on the country roads and actually recognized some of them pulling into Cochem right after we arrived. By then the rain was fairly steady but we didn’t let it rain on our parade.

I have to tell you a few years ago we went to New Orleans for a special weekend. It rained like crazy the whole time we were there but we had the best time ever running from place to place under our umbrellas. So we enjoyed  Cochem albeit slightly wet but no big deal. We ducked into an Irish pub for a warm Irish coffee and WC (water closet/ ladies room) to get our bearings. When we finished up there, we looked around for the perfect little restaurant to grab a late lunch since we realized we were hungry. We chose one that had a covered patio,  ordered a couple beers, and the best Schweineschnitzel I’ve ever eaten. When in Rome- oops I mean Germany- do as the Germans do. Eat, drink, and be merry. We walked around for awhile, marveled at the quaintness of the town, and wished we had the time and energy to climb to the local castle.

Just a note, exploring castles can be a lot of work. Physically, I mean. Hundreds of steps and steep paths that seem to go straight up at crazy angles. You are going to get some exercise even if you had no intention of doing so. With the soggy weather we decided the castle would have to wait for another day. We did duck into a lovely bakery and a couple shops that are full of typical wine country items. Next time we visit this area we will make sure to book reservations for a wine tasting event.

Since the day was beginning to disappear on us and the drive back to Sohren would take about 45 minutes, we decided to head back to our hotel about 5 pm. We stopped at the airport to drop off the rental car and take a look-see to find out where everything was situated for our early morning flight. We have learned that it is much easier to survey the train stations and airports ahead of time so no unpleasant surprises greet you when you are traveling on a tight schedule. Everything runs a bit smoother when you know where the terminal for your flight is and how to find the customs or the passport counter quickly. Fortunately, Frankfurt Hahn is a small airport similar to how Hobby Airport in Houston was in olden days and presented no issues. We did have to grab a taxi back to the hotel and have the inn keeper make a call for one to pick us up the next morning at 4:30 am but it all went smoothly. We both agreed that we’d like to come back and visit more of Germany. Below are a few pictures of some of the lovely spots we came across while in the Deutschland. Enjoy!

Back of Hotel Schinderhannes

Church around the corner from cafe

View from the cafe where we had late lunch in Cochem

Castle in Cochem

Local German beer (house brand). Yum!

Steep street leading up into the town

Church tower in Cochem

Leaving Cochem

The Mosel river running by Cochem between the Eifel and Hunsruck mountains

One of the churches in Sohren

Slowly but surely the next post will be the last leg of our European journey through Italy. Have a great day!

K & K