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Romance Tips + VanLife Along Germany’s Romantic Road

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cote sauvage, bretagne france, quiberon france, sea grass, beach grass, grass in the windYes, even amongst the flocking tourists of the Romantic Road.

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1. Wurzburg: Sweet town + Gorgeous park + Versailles-worthy Hofgarten  + Beautiful Rococo Dom+ GREAT bike route along the River Main.

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5 Comments

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    alexa.al

    September 4, 2016

    Wow this adventure is really fantastic.

    Wish you all the best.

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      mrandmrsadventure

      September 5, 2016

      Thanks so much!! We hope you follow along 🙂

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    Barbara H.

    July 4, 2016

    Very interesting and beautiful pics. Who takes the ones of both of you? I have never been to Germany but now see its’ beauty and would like to travel there. Thanks. Miss you two. Barbara

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      mrandmrsadventure

      July 22, 2016

      Miss you too! We have some great tricks for being able to get the shots of both of us 😉

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    Marie Cunningham

    July 3, 2016

    I loved living in Wurzburg! It was a 3 year honeymoon for us. The castle overlooking the Main river is not to be missed.

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