We were glad to leave Merle-Zell. What had sounded like a good mooring, was somewhat lacking. The pontoon was so badly anchored that we rocked all night. The promised showers weren’t existent, the water was not drinkable and the nearby bakery had closed down. Further on in the town of Zell the moorings looked a lot better and, as Georg can attest, the ice cream sundaes were good.

Passing vineyard after vineyard and places like Pönderich and Traben-Trabenach, the scenery continued to be lovely.


At Bernkastel we decided to call it a day.  At the yacht harbour BC Bernkastel 1.5km south of the city,we found a good mooring . 

Bernkastel is probably the most picturesque little town on the Mosel. Today the cafés were a refuge from the sudden downpours (a good excuse anyway!) and lots of “Kaffee and Kuchen” was served. The “Spitzhäuschen”, pointed house, built in 1416, is the oldest of the half-timber houses in the old centre.

Have to go and cycle off the Mandarin Cream Cake from this afternoon - bye for now!

© Austin Robinson 2019