Please allow me to be your travel guide, as I bring you to many of my favorite places in Europe!
I begin today in the Eifel, an area that is “near and dear to my heart;” and one where I spent many years during my time in Germany.
Spangdahlem AB is located in the southern portion of the Eifel, a rural and beautiful region of Germany.
The Eifel is in the west central region of Germany, just east of Luxembourg.
The Eifel is a triangular region that generally lies within the area bordered by Trier in the southwest, Koblenz in the east, and Aachen in the northwest.
The Mosel River defines part of the southern boundary and the Rhein River is the eastern boundary of the Eifel.
Luxembourg and Belgium make up the western boundary of the Eifel region, and this is a simple farmer’s barn that is tucked away against the edge of the woods.
When I first moved to Spangdahlem AB, I stayed in hotels for two months until I could move into an apartment in the village of Bruch.
I used to walk and jog through all of the fields and forests in the area, often bringing my camera with me on a photographic safari.
The Eifel is rural, natural and beautiful, and in many respects is a “hidden” corner of Germany.
The Eifel is a peaceful paradise of little villages and rural farmers; with much, much more to offer anyone who visits.
Famous wines from the Mosel and Rhein Rivers come from quaint wineries, overlooked by ancient castles perched high on the cliffs above.
The city of Trier is the oldest city in Germany, having been founded by the Romans over 2000 years ago.
Aachen was the historic residence of Charlemagne, and an important medieval city in Europe’s history and development.
Koblenz is a historic city at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers.
Many people come to the Eifel to take quiet vacations in the pastoral countryside.
Others take boat trips up and down the Mosel and Rhein Rivers, visiting wineries and castles along the way.
In many respects it seemed like time had forgotten the Eifel, as it was central in location to all of the border and boundary clashes and disputes that have existed over the past hundreds of years.
My first impression of the Eifel was that everywhere I looked was like looking at a postcard.
Here a village sits atop a hill in a pristine, natural and idyllic setting.
There are very few signs of “modern life” at times, and nothing in the Eifel seems plastic or artificial; and there are no “neon lights” to be seen.
I took this picture in 1983, and it seems like it could have been taken in 1883 as very little has changed over the years.
Even the forests have professional foresters assigned to manage and care for each pocket of woods.
Walking paths and tractor paths cross fields, hills and valleys; and I imagine that even Bilbo and Frodo would have felt as home here as they did in the Shire of Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.”
The air is fresh and the scenic and natural landscape is a great place to relax, walk or jog.
Cows grazing naturally in fields and pastures makes for a peaceful and relaxing setting.
Cows have always made an attentive and patient audience…willing to listen…to even me!