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Spring weather at last, the sun is shining and it is getting warmer.  Time to get Priscilla on the road and off we go to Germany to meet up in Alpin Camping Tennsee, near Mittenwald, on the Austrian border with Bavaria. Carthago were hosting a weekend for their customers.  Travelling out time and sightseeing en route, took us about a week to get down there and a week to get back.

Our first overnight stop was at Camping Malpertuus in the Belgian village of Lembeke, near Eeklo. This site is open all year and it was a convenient 145 km and 1˝ hours driving from Dunkerque.   The small village is charming and there are several restaurants to choose from if you wished to eat out.

On the Saturday morning there was a great deal of activity in the woodland beyond the campsite fence. Apparently, ten times per annum the village holds a marathon running event in the forest—this was one of those events.

Camping Malpertuus and a small chapel in the woods beyond.

We decided not to join in the marathon race and continued our journey due east into Germany. The roads were quite busy but the journey went well. Our night stop was at a stellplatz which was part of a campsite, ‘Campingparadies Lippstadter Seenplatte’ near Lippstadt.  This site is run by a local farm. They have recently added a very smart shower and toilet block and the pitches inside the campsite were generous. The stellplatz users had full access to the facilities and the added advantage of being alongside a small lake. Very pretty.

Above, posh new shower / loo block and right view of lake from the stellplatz

Left:   photo of the campsite in summer time. The farm has a small shop which stocks all the necessities and there is a restaurant within 1km.

Our pitch on the stellplatz is highlighted with the yellow circle.

A pleasant site, friendly owners and good facilities.

On the road again next day and travelled 330km eastwards and into the former East Germany. Our destination was Quedlinburg in Saxony Anhalt.  It was a beautiful, sunny day and an easy journey.

We parked up in the stellplatz beside Quedlinburg castle. Parking was free (in winter) and metered electricity available.

Quedlinburg is quite amazing.  It is one of the best-preserved medieval and renaissance towns in Europe, having escaped major damage in World War II and never having suffered from major fire damage.

The inner part of the town has a fascinating range of half timbered buildings from, at least, five different centuries.

The old town and the castle are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We were entranced walking around the old town. Every corner you turned had a different ‘Wow’ factor.  The following photos give you a feel of the town. We took so many photos but only have space for a few here.

We strongly recommend a visit if you are anywhere near!

How often do you see a width restriction of 1.5m !

It was starting to get dark and very cold as we headed back to Priscilla. We were glad of our central heating and for a hot dinner!

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