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The Town Hall

Anyone for a bike

Basilique St Willibrord

Abbey school

St Willibrord shrine

The remains of the old crucifix

The Orangery

The River Sauer

An interesting building in the gardens


Late on Friday evening Tony went to the toilet but when he tried to flush the waste ball that opens to get rid of the waste from the toilet bowl would not open. Fortunately there was a toilet block nearby which we could use.

As it happens the campground also sold small motorhomes and had a service facility which on Saturday morning Tony went and talked to. As it was Saturday they had no technicians there but they agreed to come and have a look at it on Monday morning.

Mean while we spoke to Gary at Gold RV who said it could be the waste ball arm that had broken but if we needed spares they hadn’t got any in for our type of toilet. We then contacted Star Spangled Spanner; an American motorhome spares company in England. With talking with Duncan we established that they had spares in for toilet so if needed after the technician had looked at it on Monday they could ship and parts needed to Luxembourg. We now had to wait till Monday to see what is discovered. Good job we were at a campground with facilities rather than a stellplatz which usually have no toilet blocks.

After all the excitement Saturday afternoon saw us enjoying the better weather in the town of Echternach just on the border with Germany. From our campground we drove to Echternach along by the River Sauer on a road with a canopy of red beech trees and with Germany on the other side of the river.

Echternach which turned out to be a lovely little town, popular with the motor bike enthusiasts, had grown up around an abbey which was founded in 698. The abbey was founded by St Willibrord a missionary monk from good old Northumbria. By the time he died in 739 most of the local inhabitants had been converted to Christianity.

The abbey complex is still there today, including the Basilique St Willibrord although much of the buildings seen today owe a lot to the rebuilding work to the original medieval plan, undertaken by the Benedictine monks after the bomb damage of World War II. As well as the shrine of St Willibrord, there was on one wall, what remains of the original crucifix – with an interesting shadow cast by the light.

We the enjoyed a walk by the river, stopping of course at one of the local patisseries before heading back to base.

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