Kirsten & Steve Vaughan


Kirsten & Steve Vaughan

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt October 14th 2022

The Rain has caught up with us Oct 14, 15 & 16 2022 We slept in late this morning knowing it was raining all over Germany. Kirsten and I vonder down to breakfast and the dining room is full. We find our table, we’re happy but sad knowing our getaway is coming to an end. Last night as Kirsten was slipping away, I started checking the flights. Yeah, we’re doing the buddy pass shuffle. Its Friday and the flights Saturday looked pretty good, it’s raining so l suggest.... let’s go home and get out of this rain. Kirsten agreed, so after breakfast I loaded Frankfurt Zentrum “city center” into the google maps and Apple Car Play took it from there. We ended up in downtown Frankfurt, parked the car and grabbed our umbrellas and walked the ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Miltenberg October 12th 2022

Riding on the Main Oct 12 & 13, 2022 After a great night and breakfast, we said our goodbyes, loaded the car and headed toward Miltenberg which is in the Main River. We took the scenic route to Miltenberg. We visited here before while on our Viking Cruise, and a Viking ship was docked in Miltenberg. We have decided to bike the Main River. This will make our third river in Germany that we’ve biked. We walked through Miltenberg enjoying the half-timber houses and looking for a place to have lunch. Most places were closed. It could have been because the tourist season was winding down or they just wanted a day off. We returned to platz where Kirsten remembers having her picture taken when she was a small girl. Also, this is the village Tante ... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Rüdesheim October 11th 2022

Riding on the Rhine Oct 11, 2022 Good morning, I was up first and dressed. Kirsten was close behind me. We were both ready to have breakfast. We started walking, looking for the eBike rental shop in Rudesheim Am Rhein. Our walk was all first concern. Well, the address was 46 Oberstrasse. We easily found 42 Oberstrasse, a restaurant and it was closed. At #44 Oberstrasse, Kirsten saw someone cleaning and milling around inside the restaurant. She let us in and Kirsten and her began their German discussion back and forth. Me, I was looking for the restroom, when I returned from the restroom everyone was gone and the lights were out. You can only imagine what I was thinking, WHAT, WHO, WHERE is everyone.?? I’m wandering around the outside of the restaurant now and ... read more

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Wangen im Allgau October 10th 2022

Looking for Sunshine Oct 9-10, 2022 We were up early, our hotel in Wangen was AWESOME. We all decided last night that we would meet for breakfast at this new restaurant around the corner from Maria’s apartment. We all arrived around 9:00 am and had a wonderful time laughing and continuing our discussions of Hedy and Bill it was close to 11 am when Kirsten and I said we need to hit the road and look for some good weather. We said our goodbyes and off we went, I was checking the weather app and it looked like Garmish had good weather not great but good. We headed east taking the back roads enjoying the scenery and rain. We arrived in Garmisch 4 pm and it was still raining lightly. Ok, I am coming clean, Kirsten ... read more

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Wangen im Allgau October 8th 2022

Happy Birthday Omi Oct 8, 2022 We were up early .....the bed was as hard as the floor. Neither of us slept well, but we showered and out the door we went. Our Zimmer didn’t provide breakfast, we knew that and we’re off to find a bakery/café. The folks at the Zimmer told us Um de Ecke (around the corner). Well up the street we found the bakery. We each had a brochen and coffee. Back in the car, off we go toward Wangen. So, this trip was thrown together very quickly. Why you ask? Today is Hedy Hancock birthday. As everyone knows, our dearest Mutti, Omi passed recently. Maria, James, Eva and Swen decided weeks ago to meet today (Hedy’s Birthday) at Maria’s house to spread Hedy and Bill’s ashes in Maria’s garden where Hedy ... read more

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Freudenstadt October 7th 2022

On The Road Again Oct 7, 2022 I woke up around 7:30 am Kirsten was finishing her shower and coming out of the bathroom. Hurry up sleepy boy we got a busy day ahead of us. YA, YA, YA, I stumble to the shower. Even the walk to the shower felt like it was uphill. When I’m done, Kirsten is packed and heading downstairs for breakfast. Better hurry or there will be no eggs left. I hustle and get dressed, out the door and heading toward the breakfast dining room, which happens to be a wine cellar. Weak to no WIFI or cell coverage. Kirsten has planned our day. We are leaving Brauneberg and heading toward Dornstetten. I have been assigned to find the most scenic route which includes the German Wine Strasse and the Black ... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Brauneberg October 6th 2022

Turf and surf Oct 6, 2022 Oh, my body aches, I literally rolled out of bed onto the floor and crawled to the bathroom. Yes, we’re feeling it this morning, after riding all those miles yesterday. Kirsten is ready to go downstairs for breakfast before me, I’m still trying to get my pants on. While at breakfast we decided to take a nice relaxing walk to village of Traben-Trarbach. The lady at the i told us to go up the Mosel to BernKastel and hike over the vineyards and take the boat taxi back down the Mosel. What could possibly go wrong! We arrived in BernKastel, parked the car, and found the trail. It was well marked like all trails in Germany. The problem was, It was straight up as in 90 degrees straight up. Kirsten ... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Brauneberg October 5th 2022

Good morning, I had my first German breakfast it’s been a long time, brochen, meats, cheeses and a 4 min egg. Did I forget.... German coffee! For our first couple of nights, Kirsten and I decided to stay in the Mosel River valley. It has Bike trails on both sides of the river along with hiking trails. We have always wanted to bicycle along any of Germany’s rivers. So as we were flying across the Atlantic, Kirsten decided that we were going to do it. At breakfast, Kirsten found that the i located in Brauneberg. Americans know it as the Chamber of Commerce. Basically, it’s where you get all the info you want about the village, you’re staying in. Yes! we rented eBikes for the day and off we go toward Trier. We first came into ... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Brauneberg October 4th 2022

WOW!!!! I can’t believe it .... We’re leaving on a jet plane....... This is our FIRST! Trip we have taken in three years. Yep... Three years.... Ok, we’ve gone to the beach and to Pine Mountain for Thanksgiving. But we haven’t gotten on a jet plane in a long time. Hurricane Ian has come and gone, we didn’t lose power nor did any of our houses have major damage; mostly cleanup and Ernie had that under control. Mandy drove us to Orlando airport very early Monday morning, thank you Mandy. I have been monitoring the counts and created a spread sheet with a formula to help pick the best airport to fly out of and get into Frankfurt Germany. The decision was to fly out of DTW (Detroit). We got on the first flight to Detroit ... read more

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Dusseldorf December 6th 2019

Christmas Market Day 4.... & coming home It’s St Nickolas Day...... It was the night before St Nickolas day and all through the Zimmer, not a creature was stirring, not even Kisty. You get my point.... I wake up to a squeal from Lori’s room, I’m thinking, someone has come in and got her, so I immediately lock my door. Sorry Lori, Yes, I finally came out and everyone is safe. St Nickolas came last night; gifts were hanging from our doors and our breakfast area was totally set with an AWESOME German breakfast. We all sit down to breakfast asking each other did you do it? No, I didn’t, did you? It was a wonderful breakfast. YEAH! I Believe, I Believe...... However, today is also a sad day, all things must come to an end. ... read more

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