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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

Haute Koenigsbourg, France

This idyllic landscape was our first proper stop of our long journey up to Scotland. We pulled off the motorway after spotting the castle on the hill and banked vineyards, glowing in the autumn sunshine. After winding our way through a small village amidst the vines, we found a spot at which to park and walked along a small lane before finding this view, above another wine-making village with a perfect view over the surrounding countryside. From here, we followed the ill advice of the satellite navigation device and spent more than an hour winding back and forth through the Vosges mountains along small, hilly roads, before finally getting back onto the main motorway and heading towards Reims. A lesson learned: don’t rely entirely on satellite navigation, when a definite, quicker route is more obvious.