Finmere to Saarlouis

Towards London from Enfield
Towards London from Enfield
Coasting out over the white cliffs
Coasting out over the white cliffs
Mid Channel
Mid Channel

https://www.dropbox.com/s/x9z70osda4251fa/PVWW%20Finmere%20to%20Calais%20%281%29.mp4?dl=0

The first leg was pretty uneventful although the wind down R24 at Calais was pushing 20 knots. Various cock-ups with the camera, notably being unaware it was off when thought to be on and vice versa. ATC happy to have us land and take off as a formation.

Calais 1

As we flew east on the second leg to Saarlouis, over the German border in the Saarland, the weather steadily improved and the wind died down. It was amusing to find out later from the Skydemon track that we had clipped Belgian airspace for a moment (and we hadn’t paid the 70 euros fee!).
Into Belgium for free

Finding the airfield at Saarlouis was not easy (for the lead aircraft that is). Looks easy from this angle.
Saarlouis aerial

The welcome when we landed was wonderful. Reinhard, the Flugleiter (AFIS chap in charge), couldn’t have been more helpful.

Oh, there's the airfield.  Landing at Saarlouis.
Oh, there’s the airfield. Landing at Saarlouis.
Packing up for the night at Saarlouis
Packing up for the night at Saarlouis
All bedded down for the night at Saarlouis
All bedded down for the night at Saarlouis

We had booked ahead using booking.com and got a taxi into the town to find that we had chosen the evening of the Saarlouis festival, a huge event with the town square(s) crammed with people watching live music and dancing. In typical German style there were countless beer and food stalls and we over-indulged in salty pork, potatoes and draught pilsener. The music went on very late.

We came across this excellent three piece band playing superb covers of great songs. We didn’t note the name. Can anyone identify them?

Saarlouis Band

https://www.dropbox.com/s/mumq0lqftqe32uk/PVWW%20Saarlouis%20Live%20Band.mp4?dl=0

Next leg: Saarlouis to Kempten-Durach

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