Wandertag im Saarland

By woolybill1
Our Twin Town in France also has a Twin Town in Germany, a community in the Saarland about 5 hours distant from Paris by car. For the last 17 years this community has organised a Wanderwoche (walking week) in the locality, and for some while they have been trying to persuade members of our Town Twinning to join in, along with our French associates who have been involved for years. As it has always been immediately after the end of the English school year we have politely declined; however, after 51 weeks' retirement the invitation was accepted with alacrity.

The Germans have these things Really Well Organised. The first day's walk, 16 Km over 5 hours, included several halts for lectures by the day's walking leader (the local mayor, no less - see next Sunday's upload) about the geology of the area. The Saar lies on the same fault as South Wales and has (had) deposits of iron ore, bits of which can still be found in fields and hedgerows.

Elevenses were consumed in a clearing where council workers had set up tables and benches; beer and stronger refreshments were available. I'd have loved to spend that half hour taking some candids; unfortunately, my status as German speaker meant that it was networking time, chatting with the local M.P. (I said it was organised!) as well as the event organisers and other congenial companions, so Mrswoolybill got the candids.

Anyhow, enough of politics. This shows some of the 150+ people on that Saturday's walk. It's only a snap, instant compo work, merely part of a little series for information rather than glory! The black Lowepro bag is on Mrswoolybill's shoulders, btw.

70mm, 1/640th sec @ f5.6

Tomorrow: More walkers
Sunday: Geology Lesson

Tags: Walking General Countryside Landscape and travel Saarland Walking group

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Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
27 Jul 2007 10:29AM
Ha, this time I can return the compliment by stating that as soon as I saw the thumbnail I knew it was yours! It's a lovely shot with a great colourful S (or rather a number 2) of people. I enjoyed your description too.
AlanBW 15 20 England
27 Jul 2007 10:35AM
That must have been a delightful experience; a fine record with the walkers snaking away into the distance
field 15 Wales
27 Jul 2007 10:39AM
Long may the right to roam continue. Blocked footpaths sometimes an issue around here. Nice people snake...grab composition.
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2007 10:49AM
I asked about this and was told that in Germany there is no need for a right-to-roam law since all open land is public land.
TyChee Plus
16 275 1 United States
27 Jul 2007 11:21AM
Great image! Looks live a major evacuation going on! Smile

27 Jul 2007 12:26PM
Excellent, well composed image Bill,
Herge88 14 40 6 England
27 Jul 2007 12:53PM
Interesting narrative, and getting Mrs Woolybill to lug the equipment seems reasonable, of course Mrs Woolybill is going to think I am a male chauvinist pig. Smile

Best Matt
Barbaraj 14 450 England
27 Jul 2007 1:44PM
Well taken of a snake of people. You are SO organised with asturday and Sundays photo uploads planned.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
27 Jul 2007 2:18PM
Now Bill,thats what I call a ''line'' It's snaking its way thro' pic.Looks a steep hill too.Good selection of bags here.(the shoulder type I mean)Even have additional lines with the guys shirt bottom left.The deposits of iron ore sound interesting.Another good one .
meadowman 14 1
27 Jul 2007 2:28PM
thats well hell of a hill.....
gingerdelight 15 298 11 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2007 4:46PM
A lovely, colourful shot - I bet they (and you!) were glad to walking down!
x Carol x
27 Jul 2007 5:57PM
From above they would look like a line of colouful ants. Shame you couldn't get a shot from a hot air balloon Bill!

John Smile
Mavis 19 143 2 England
27 Jul 2007 6:54PM
I love to go a wandering , tra la la . A great capture and will remind you of a great break . xx
BlueRoom 15 73 20 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2007 9:03PM
It's like a human waterfall. A great perspective that makes an unusual shot.

Nettles 14 England
27 Jul 2007 9:23PM
That's a lot of people there Bill.
Almost like insects following a trail.
Nice image and perspective.
imagio 15 12 1 England
28 Jul 2007 7:57AM
Good perspective and depth Bill

AngelaR 17 155 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2007 9:46AM
Looks like an amazing weekend was had by all Bill - so you make Moira carry your camera gear too in her backpack? Wink
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2007 1:17PM
Please note that I was carrying my own camera only - the wonderful Lowepro has a separate compartment up top for the drinks & sandwiches! I'm afraid I reckon that if Bill can't go anywhere without three lenses, he can carry them himself...
newy17 15 273 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2007 3:31PM
looks like a great ramblelike the composition bill
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2007 4:16PM
Sehr interessante Bildbeschreibung, Bill. Das war bestimmt ein besonderes Wandererlebnis.
28 Jul 2007 7:57PM
Great story Bill and great image to go with it - what a boring liife the rest of us lead!

GlynnisFrith 15 23 3 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2007 7:39PM
Love the composition Bill & the way the walkers are winding away into the distant
TonyFrith 14 3 6 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2007 8:39PM
I also like the composition and the way you have waited to get Moira as he last person passing you
JohnEW 14 3
5 Aug 2007 11:43PM
Superb composition, that's what you call a lead-in line... Wink.
John_Humphreys 16 69 2 Ireland
26 Aug 2007 10:53PM
I really like the composition on this Bill particularly the way the line of walkers 'walks' your eye all the way through the picture. John

P.S. I also think that the idea of twinned towns participating in an event like this is terrific. Limerick is twinned with several European and U.S. towns but I'm not aware that they organise any such events.

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