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So! On to a few ground rules for this blog:
In English, it's customary to write Moselle, not Mosel. However, I'm going to write Mosel because
- The part of the Mosel I'm walking is in Germany and/or Luxembourg, not France
- I learned how to speak German before I learned how to speak French - "Moselle" sounds weird to me in English
- Those extra two characters are going to add up if I have to write Mosel hundreds of times, and who wants RSI?
This blog contains links to third party websites. Just because I've linked to a site doesn't necessarily mean that I endorse its content; if I link to TripAdvisor, it isn't because I think they're a fantastic company or even particularly like them, but because they have content I hope is either amusing or helpful.
As with any travel blog, please be aware of the difference between direct links to publishers, hotels, restaurants, wineries, etc. and links to third party sites like Amazon.de or Booking.com. Third party websites can be especially convenient if you already have an account with them or don't feel comfortable contacting an innkeeper directly, but of course they also mean that a publisher, hotel, or restauranteur won't earn as much money as they presumably would if you were to contact them directly. For example, if you were to book a room at the Hotel Maimühle using that link, Booking.com will take a commission from the hotel, I'll earn a few cents, and the entire transaction will be less profitable for the hotelier. Alternatively, you could visit the hotel's website, contact them directly, and help keep them in business. Plus, the hotel's website probably has better information overall about what the hotel offers (do they have packed lunches available? Bicycle parking?). On the other hand, Booking.com reviews may be helpful when choosing between similar sleeps in small German towns so... I'll trust you to do the right thing.
FWIW, I'm really competent when it comes to making mistakes. If you find something wrong, if I've linked to the wrong site, or if you just plain have a better idea than I do about something, please send me an email and I'll do my best to correct fix things. Thanks!
My German's pretty rusty these days, but I can still read it well enough. However, I don't assume that you, dear reader, can speak German. Unfortunately, however, a lot of material I've found while planning my Moseltrip is entirely unsurprisingly in German, so if you're planning on buying a travel guide or a map, well, it's almost certainly going to be in German. As we say in English, c'est la vie!
Finally, if you don't read German, here's a shameless plug for Google products. I rely on Google Chrome's translate feature a lot to help out with languages I can't read like Ukranian; if you don't read German, Bob ist Dein Onkel, ja? Just right-click the body of the webpage and select Translate to English. Easy. Similarly, Google Translate has a great app for iOS or Android that'll help you read things on maps, signs, or menus when you're actually there. Enjoy!