Christina Bell

Travelinggirl

Christina Bell

I am a married woman with one child, who had caught the travel bug as a young girl. Since my Mom is from Germany, I have traveled to Germany and Luxembourg a few times as a child. My last time to Germany was when I was 17 years old. I have traveled to many places since and look forward to placing the pins in the map of all the places I have visited. In doing so, I hope to recapture the magic of those visits and the awesome memories!



Europe » Germany » Brandenburg » Frankfurt June 11th 2010

Friday, June 11th: All packed and ready to go to the airport!!! Had to leave a few non-essential items behind, but no big deal!  My mom and dad were scheduled to leave the same day because the trip to the airport, in Frankfurt, is a three hour drive (both my aunt and my uncle took us there…they probably wanted to make sure we really were leaving…LOL…kidding!)! Kenya’s and my flight was scheduled to leave at 10:00 a.m., and my mom and dad’s flight at 2:00. We got to the airport around 8:30, and saw that the security lines were really short, so we all decided to go eat our last breakfast together. We all got the exact same thing to eat: a platter that had a roll (with butter, orange marmalade and Nutella), a croissant, ... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Bitburg June 10th 2010

Thursday, June 10th: Today was going to be a day filled with shopping for last minute items (chocolate!!) and souvenirs. Of course…Kenya HAD to get one more box of Legos…how many is that now!!!???  I was just a slight bit worried about the process of starting to pack! Let’s see…we came with two suitcases and two backpacks. We bought that shopping cart in Florence, and another backpack in Paris, so we had those too. Plus my aunt had bought tons of chocolate for us to bring home…yummm…we WILL make it fit! In the afternoon, we were going to go to my uncle’s restaurant for lunch/dinner. He is a French chef actually, married to my mom’s cousin Renate. His restaurant is pretty well known in Germany. His name is very French sounding too: Jean-Claude. My dad ... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Bitburg June 9th 2010

Wednesday, June 9th: Yawn! Streeeetch!!!! Yikes…what happened this morning!? Another bathroom fiasco! I swear, I think my aunt and uncle are so ready to get rid of all of their house guests! Just kidding…they were so gracious during our whole stay…we NEVER felt like we were outstaying our welcome…except for this morning…if I were the home owner, I think I may have shown a crack in my composure…LOL. Here is what happened: I am not sure if I have previously described the absolutely stunning shower that my aunt and uncle have in their main bath. It is considered a shower that disabled people could use and roll their wheelchairs right into. The stall is all glass walls, about 8 feet high from floor to ceiling. The doors both open outward from the corner of the stall. ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 8th 2010

Tuesday, June 8th: I got up at 4:30 this morning to take a shower before the big day! My mom and aunt had taken one the night before, so they wouldn’t have to get up so early…but I needed that wake up shower! I, of course, went into the kitchen first and got my first espresso of the day started!  Falco was stilled sprawled out, sound asleep! Kenya bounded right out of bed the minute I told her it was time to wake up! She was ready to go before we knew it! Sooo excited!!  Since it was so early in the morning, we just decided to bring along something to eat for breakfast on the train. My aunt wanted to bring a bunch of food for the day, but we said “no way”!!! ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Trier June 7th 2010

Monday, June 7th: You’ll never believe what we (well actually, it was my aunt) woke up to this morning? The sewer system had backed up and flooded the basement in the main house! When we woke up, we had no idea that it had happened…like I said before, my aunt is an AMAZING hostess…she never said a word and started cleaning up the terrible mess herself! Apparently, a couple of years previously, the city had come out and worked on the system, on the street, and may have caused the flow to drain at a trickle. Little did my aunt and uncle know this, because they lived in the home with just the two of them, they didn’t use the great quantities of toilet paper that us Americans are used to (probably use the bidet quite ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Bitburg June 6th 2010

Sunday, June 6th: *Yawn*…another day to rest and sleep in!  Today was the last day of our little family reunion! I think Kenya was a little happy about that…she was starting to have kind of a hard time keeping up with the language barrier and playing with the three girls. She pretty much just wanted to play with her new Lego sets and be left alone! LOL Anyway, we got up and ate breakfast…boy, as yummy as this food is, my body will be happy to go home and eat our food again! My ankles have been so swollen since we got here…not used to eating so many sausages and salamis!  Even with ALL of the walking we have been doing, and all of the water, they are still swollen! Aargh…. We went into ... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Bitburg June 5th 2010

Saturday, June 5th: Today was going to be a hot day! My mom, dad and uncle were going to take Margit home that morning, so, my aunt and I gathered the girls up and went to the local waterpark. I had fond memories of going to the pool with my grandparents, when I was little. They swam every day, rain or shine, in the huge Olympic sized pool. Recently, the city renovated the pool and made it a waterpark, both inside and out! It was completely unrecognizable from the memories of my youth! There were a total of four pools, three outside and a huge one inside. One of the outdoor pools had three levels of diving boards, and the girls wanted to go on the middle one so bad, but kept getting scared! By then ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Bitburg June 4th 2010

Friday, June 4th: Early this morning, Christian and his family arrived for breakfast. They are staying nearby at the local sports club. Denisa had gotten really sick the night before and spent most of the evening at the ER with a super high fever. She went and pretty much just laid low in the living room while everyone else ate breakfast and got ready for the day. The plan was to go and celebrate Margit’s birthday at a local restaurant (gasthaus). I let Kenya go with the girls to the playground a few blocks away…I still can’t get over how hard it was to let her go by herself…we would NEVER do something like that in America! That is so sad! Anyway, by 11:30 we all climbed into the various cars and drove the 5 minutes ... read more
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Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Bonn June 3rd 2010

Thursday, June 3rd: Today, we got up a little later, and had a leisurely breakfast and walked Falco. We were going to go pick up my Mom’s cousin, Margit. Margit was the whole reason for our trip in the first place. She had turned 70 on May 1st, and we were going to have a big family reunion to celebrate. She lived approximately 2 hours away, in the hillsides of Bergkrahlingen (near Bonn). She lives by herself on a large plot of land in a cute little cottage. This was the day that we got up to 200 km per hour on the autobahn!!! That is 124 miles per hour! Whew!! I was holding on with white knuckles!  It’s amazing to me that a car can go that fast with 5 people and 1 dog ... read more
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Europe » Luxembourg » Vianden June 2nd 2010

Wednesday, June 2nd: Woke up this morning refreshed and ready to go!!! We took Falco for his morning walk, then loaded up the car and went to Luxembourg to go see the Vianden Castle. I had been to the castle several times in my childhood, but they had done a major renovation inside the castle, so that was awesome to see. The castle was built right on top of this huge rock that looms over the town of Vianden and the Our River…the views are spectacular!!! The castle was ruined quite a bit in the World War, and thieves had absconded with most of the historical artifacts inside. But like I said…they did a huge renovation, and now every room we explored, had either a scene set up or artifacts collected and saved from being destroyed. ... read more
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