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Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin July 11th 2014

The journey here paved the way for the array of delights Germany has to bring. After confusing which to be fair were the easiest set of directions I've seen so far to get to a hostel with an expedition through jumanji I arrived a battered and slightly crimson woman. The idea of sitting down with Google maps and trying to orchestrate a comprehensive route between museum and gallery was too much so I sat at the bar and got myself a mojito in hopes of resurrection. Its healing properties had instant effect so I had another 1. And then another 11. This morning saw me rousing in a dorm I most certainely hadn't left my bag in and any hopes of sneaking out undetected were abashed with a bemused Australian calling "morning Irish!" to me. Legs ... read more

Europe » Germany » Berlin July 11th 2014

As the days go by I notice how weird Germany's weather is. It can be raining really hard in the morning or early afternoon and by mid afternoon the sun will be all out. I have yet to really experience a day that it would rain all day. Yesterday I caught a train that I took all the way to Alexander Platz. There I walked around and looked at some churches that were around the area. These churches really astonished me in the way that they looked from the outside as well as from the inside. I had never seen churches that were so old and well built. I found out were the five museums that are on an island are and I plan to visit them some time soon. I also took into account that ... read more

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Haigerloch July 10th 2014

There is nothing like a rainy day canoe trip to create lasting memories, and to forge bonds that will never break. Something about sitting exposed for hours as the rain pours down upon you while being forced to paddle on for fear of crashing into the bank and perhaps even tipping over and being flung into the raging torrent that is the Neckar River can bind souls like no other. We arrived ready to do battle with the monster that is the Neckar in great spirits. Jokes abounded of who might be the first to tip, and who would reign victorious at the end. Good spirited arguments raged over who should be the captain of each ship. After a few words from our guides, loosely translated hilariously by Heidi, it was time to depart. The departure ... read more

Europe » Germany » Hamburg » Hamburg July 10th 2014

After the 37th assault on my head with some young offenders bag pack I've just accepted sleep on this 7 hour journey was a fairytale dream and I'd be better off starting a search party in Connemara for the children from the attic. Delirious with fatigue I can only imagine what sort of fascinating synopsis will result from this but I need some sort of activity to distract from the beads of sweat sprinting down every limb I own. From my own, or the perspiration glands of my Indian neighbors I find myself cosily wedged between I can't be sure. After much pondering I've surmised the one on the left is familiar looking due to his starring role in New Delhis adaptation of The Biggest Loser last August. Allegedly was forced to leave the competition due ... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Deidesheim July 10th 2014

Picking up Oma, Opa & Bea Day 3 July 10, 2014 I Wake up , what a good night sleep. I like these HARD beds in Europe. Kirsten however is not a happy camper, she only sleep for maybe 3-4 hours. Sorry. We get cleaned up and head down stairs for breakfast. I was so disappointed. I was hoping for a Solar Powered Robot named Helga serving me breakfast. NOPE! A real person, well maybe next year. We pile into the car and head toward the airport. About half way there I get a text from Bea. We’ve landed. I text her back and say we’ll be there in 5 minutes. Kirsten drives through the arrival land and sends me in. I make my way to the baggage claim area and in about 5 minutes I ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin July 10th 2014

Today was a "no-museum" day. So, naturally, we went to Charlottenburg Schloß, which is a museum. :) By the time we were ready to leave the room, we decided to just have lunch, so we found an Indian place on the way to the bus we were going to catch. It was a nice place, and the proprietor (I assume she was the proprietor) was very pleasant and put up with our German (to the point of asking where we learned it). Cheryl had lamb korma, and I had a lamb and chicken biryani, plus we had samosas as an appetizer, and rounded it off with garlic naan. The food was tasty, but way too much; even having eaten only half of our entrees, we were stuffed. We hobbled to the bus stop and caught a ... read more
Charlottenburg Schloß
Above the entrance to the chapel
One of many cool chandeliers in the palace

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Berchtesgaden July 10th 2014

So of my whole trip, Berchtesgaden has been the most breath taking. The city here lays on the base of the alps, the streams coming from there are crystal clear and taste like bottled water (I got thirsty on my hike into town and the water looked too refreshing). The trainride here was cool as well, there were a bunch of silly late teens going to some concert in Salzburg who almost got thrown off the train for singing too loudly haha. Something interesting about this little town,it is the only place I saw a memorial to fallen German soldiers, there was a little monument in town and one on a little hill with the names and dates of fallen locals. Sadly, when I got there the tour had been filled so I was unable to ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Planegg July 9th 2014

On Monday, both the Americans and Germans took a two hour bus ride south to see the fairytale castle Neuschwanstein. Upon arrival, hiked fifteen minutes to nearby Tegelberg mountain, where we were given two options. The majority of us chose to ride on the Rodelbahn, a toboggan ride down a metal luge track on the side of the mountain. The other group rode a gondola halfway up the mountain, and then hiked up a steep trail to the very top of the mountain. After that adventure, we walked over to Neuschwanstein where, even though we missed our tour, we were able to walk the grounds and take lots of photos. Following that, we meandered over to a nearby bridge from which we could take pictures of the classic view of Neuschwanstein. After a bit of time ... read more

Europe » Germany July 9th 2014

Saturday 5th July Full days drive ahead with nothing interesting to report . At least we stopped for a supermarket sweep this time instead of getting there and everything is geschlossen. Only one flash of a speed camera so we will see if that manages to find us. Arrived at campsite at around 5.30 - nice quiet site with own bar and restaurant .mobile home very comfy all mod cons had a bbq walked down to bar and had a dessert and couple of drinks. Met the campsite cat which looks just like tevez but a lot thinner . Retired to the cinema ie laptop projector 52 inc screen .... to watch last tango in halifax with a glass of wine obviously. ... read more

Europe » Germany July 9th 2014

Sunday 6th July Set out for a trip to Waldkirch and stumbled across a sunday street market with classic car festival and lots of stalls serving beer. It would be rude not to have at least a cheeky radler! Watching steve with the cars I thought I had swapped husbands for a minute.( 1st husban used to read the auto trader to me in bed ! ) Had a brief chat with a german chap about the tour de france in leeds - finally someone may talk about something else than manchester united when you say you are from england. Its about 28 degrees and rising Tried to find the tree walk but ended up going to simonswald to find our very first campsite from 2001 europe adventure the town seems to have changed in 13 ... read more
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