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Sunday, August 26, 2007
imageIt was going to be a long day as we wanted to go to Maria Laach and visit the Abbey which is about a 1,5 hrs drive from our hometown.
Elgar the Moose insisted on eating a proper breakfast and stuck his nose into the honeypot (mmmh....just like Winnie the Pooh does).
But oh well....... honey is a healthy product so we just let him eat the whole honeypot..


When we arrived at Maria Laach we first visited the Abbey (see our previous entry on the Maria Laach Abbey) and as we had much time left, bought ourselves a book (Kompass, Wanderfuehrer Eifel 2, Vulkaneifel) with walks in that area and opted for walk nr. 45: "Um den Laacher See". The walk is 15 kms long and goes all around the Laacher see with beautiful views and interesting geological sightings.

The walk starts near the Abbey and took us into the woods with now and then a glimpse of the Laacher see. Not many people tend to take this walking track but this snail did.

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After a couple of km's we arrived at this viewing point, called Vierduempelhoehe.


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Also Elgar enjoyed the view from the backpack. And don't forget to look up at the clouds as well when you are walking cause often these are spectacular to see.

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After enjoying this short break we picked up our walk again and after having some troubles finding the right track cause the description is not always that clear, we finally arrived at the Lydiaturm (Lydia Tower). This tower must be mounted as it provides for an astonishing view over the area.

A lot of steps took us to the top of the Lydiaturm, and yes one have to admits: the view is awesome.

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Even Elgar, who normally suffers from a fear of heights, got out of the backpack. We first spotted a young buzzard in the sky. It was hovering over our heads and we were lucky to make this nice shot.

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And then we looked at the Laacher See from above. The great Eifel lake takes its name from the Old High German word "lacha" which in turn is derived from Latin "lacus" as english "lake". Thus the name literally means "Lake of the Lake" similar to the "Loch Lochy" in the Scottish Highlands with the same meaning.

You can see clearly that the Laacher see is a crater lake, or more exactly a caldera lake. The caldera was formed after the Laacher volcano erupted, between 12,900 and 11,200 years ago. The Laacher is still considered to be an active volcano.


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After a while it was time to move on again and the track took us right along the waterfront of the Laacher See which also turned out to be a geology path: Mudpools, big rocks, all part of the history of this area.

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After about 4 hours we arrived at the parking lot. It was a beautiful day with lots of astonishing views and interesting stuff along the route. One more glimpse to the green fields surrounding this See and off we went for a well-deserved evening meal.

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We ended up at Hotel Waldfrieden in Wassenach where we had a marvellous fishplate all for ourselves as Elgar was dreaming sweet dreams in the backpack.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Well.... the title of this entry is obvious.

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Saturday, August 11, 2007
Today we visited Maria Laach and its vicinity. All photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Maria Laach, originally Abbatia S. Mariae ad Lacum (St. Mary’s Abbey on the Lake) or just “ Laach” (Lake) is situated in a geologically interesting area.
The lake owes its origin to a volcanic cave-in, it is a maar.

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As you descend to the Abbey you have to become fascinated by the portico: The entrance to Paradise.

Arcades on three sides provide delightful glimpses both of the inner courtyard with the jet of the Lions’ Fountain and the scene outside.

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There are a lot of ornaments. f.i. this little devil of Laach noting the “ sins of the people” on parchment.

The interior of the Abbey is sober with a lot of mosaics and glass windows, but as it is not allowed to take pictures inside, you will have to go yourself to have a look at it.
Nowadays there are only 56 monks in the monastery.

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After visiting the Abbey we decided to do a walk in the vicinity of about 14,5 kms (around the Maar). Of course we have taken pictures of that walk which will follow this week in a separate entry. Elgar Moose was with us during the whole day and is prominently photographed. Stay tuned.
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Monday, August 06, 2007
On our regular stroll in the evening through the fields near our house, we always spot something.

Just look at those magnificent clouds above the fields. Our country is "famous" because of the Dutch lights painted frequently by old masters in the 17th century.

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And how about this lovely Peacock butterfly (Inachis io, in Dutch: Dagpauwoog)?

These butterflies are called Peacock butterflies because of the large and colourful eyespots on their wings. Those patches resemble those on the tail of the peacock.

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ah..well... Nature can be so beautiful. A pity that most people tend to forget that.
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