Page 7 of Brian and Amy Travel Blog Posts

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt June 17th 2009

Today was a quiet day because tomorrow is the big birthday part for Aunt Eva and we need to rest up. We went for our regular short morning walk and took a ride to visit Brian’s cousin, Karin and her husband Roland. Their home is beautiful and they made us a fresh asparagus salad. We came right at the time of year for fresh white asparagus which is awesome. With some great ham and egg in the salad and some crusty bread and wine, it's gourmet fare. Their cat, Leah, was a prrrrfect host. We've been finding black cats everywhere we go but they haven't been "crossing our path" so no bad luck (we hope). We're going with the theory that if they let you pet them and purr, it cancels out the superstition. After lunch, ... read more

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt June 16th 2009

Tuesday, June 16th: We got up early to start the day - Brian and Jerry went for a run and Amy went for a nice walk. We found the bakery but resisted as we knew breakfast was waiting. Good bread, liverwurst, ham, salami - breakfast of champions - can’t beat that to kick off some sight-seeing. Around lunch, Osse was nice enough to take us for a drive through the wine country - lots of vineyards and even some white asparagus farms. We went to the ruins in Burg Neuleiningen. The overlook lets you look out across the wine country. Then we were off to Freinsheim where the town is surrounded by a stone wall. Brian and Amy went for the walk around the wall path while Peggie, Jerry and Osse lounged in a lovely café. ... read more
Burg Neuleiningen 2
Brian looking over wine country
Brian and Amy in Fortress Wall

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt June 15th 2009

Monday, June 15th: We arrived in Frankfurt around lunch time on Monday. We were greeted at the airport by Brian’s cousins, Karin and Roland, who were very nice to drive us to Aunt Eva’s in Ludwigshafen. We saw German rain for the first time. Here are some pictures of the family and Eva’s garden and one of Amy so you can all see her new hair. This is for those of you who never recognize her (you know who you are, Mike Neer!). It’s kind of a demented red-headed Cleopatra look. In fact Jerry is calling her, “Cleo.” This haircut, too, shall pass. Everyone decided to take a little nap and we decided to walk around and explore. This was how we got lost the last time we visited years ago so we decided to be ... read more
Aunt Eva Welcomes Family
Britta Osse Amy

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt June 14th 2009

Sunday, June 14th: We’re off on another trip - this time to Germany. All started well as we headed to the airport in the evening. The dogs and cat (Griffin, Skye and Dixie) were all safe and sound with a Pet Sitter room-mate back home. Brian grabbed some running shoes on the way to the airport (really hideous silver, orange and blue - Florida Gator colors! - what do you expect from 15 minutes shopping). He said we’ll have to run and exercise to cancel out all the great German food we’ll be eating. We got to the airport in plenty of time and that was a good thing - United had some real process problems with international check in - Brian had to tell Amy to MYOB because she wanted to jump in and try ... read more

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt June 14th 2009

Today is our travel day. We'll have pictures loaded shortly. Check back soon.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch November 30th 2007

We slept in as late as we could in order to be rested for the long flight. Our shuttle to the airport wasn’t until lunch so we used the morning to explore our Chateau on the Park. They have beautiful gardens, a tiny vineyard and a little putting green. They even offer free golf at the course across the street but we didn’t have enough time. We goofed around and then walked all around Hagley Park, strolled around the Avon River, and saw the Christchurch Botanical Gardens. We watched people playing golf, tennis and croquet. You should have seen the (surprisingly young) guys playing croquet so seriously. We couldn’t make heads or tails of it, just like cricket, rugby and netball. We’re getting itchy feet to get home so we caught the shuttle to the airport ... read more
Amy Putting
Rose Garden

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch November 30th 2007

Today, we drove on the left for the last time. We said goodbye to Hokitika and drove up to the Punakaiki Rocks. We saw some spectacular scenery reminiscent of the Pacific Coast Highway. The “pancake rocks” made a good photo op and you could hear the power of the water in the blowhole and the surge pools as it made big booms. We drove back down to Greymouth to catch our last train of the trip. The Transalpine goes through the Southern Alps. The sky was brilliant blue, the Yellow Gorse Plant was in bloom and there was snow on the mountain tops. A beautiful mental snapshot to help us remember the county. We got into Christchurch around dinner-time. We walked around the park and had some of our new favorite food, Thai. Looks like we’ll ... read more
Amy on the beach
Surge Pool
From the train

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Hokitika November 30th 2007

We slept in and had a good breakfast at the Fox Glacier Lodge. A great place. This was a pretty light day with a two hour drive to Hokitika. This small town is known for artists that carve Jade (Greenstone) found here on the west coast of the South Island. We walked around the town and bought some nice souvenirs. Brian even found a New Zealand Sheepdog whistle carved from Jade. They are tricky to use but Brian has had a few weeks to practice using one we found in the North Island (much to Amy’s enjoyment). The cabin was right on the beach and also had a bunch of different animals as part of the compound including sheep, boars, cows, goats, alpacas, assorted birds, and one sheepdog. We walked on the beach but didn’t stay ... read more
Jade Factory
Dog at the cabin

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier November 30th 2007

This was our last big day of adventure before making our way toward home. With Queenstown in our rear view mirror, we continued north toward Fox Glacier. There were some great photo ops as well as a stop to finally sample a Whitebait Fritter. It’s hard to describe but think of a small egg omelet filled with white worms with black stripes and big black eyes. It’s served on a piece of white bread with butter. Brian thought “not bad”. Amy tried it (because Brian didn’t let her look too closely) and she thought “yuck”! Our original plan was to drive the 5 hours to the glacier but hold off the 4 hour hike up the glacier until the next morning. We arrived with plenty of energy and the sky was blue (a rarity), so we ... read more
Whitebait Lady
Amy and our guide
Hiking up the glacier

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Milford Sound November 25th 2007

At the break of dawn, we fell out of our bunks in hopes of spotting Crested Penguins. Amy sighted several waddling out of the trees and swimming in a bunch and Brian even saw one. The little guys don't photograph well with our camera so this is the best we have. Hopefully Jim and Edna will share. A nice way to start the day. After some breakfast and much-needed coffee, we began our return route back through the sound. We made a brief stop for an up-close inspection of a waterfall with the bow almost under the fall. That capped off our tour and by 0900, we said goodbye to our new friends, and loaded up on the bus back to Queenstown. The rain made the moutains brim with waterfalls during our trip back, so we ... read more
Fake penguins
Big Kiwi

Tot: 1.12s; Tpl: 0.035s; cc: 10; qc: 94; dbt: 0.0424s; 1; m:saturn w:www (; sld: 1; ; mem: 1.5mb