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Europe » Germany » Hamburg » Hamburg June 2nd 2019

After a late night – again – we slept in and got up for breakfast around 7:00. The Radisson breakfast is impressive (not as good at in Berlin) because of the numbers. The person checking you in marks off your room and then makes a note of how many there are in the party. Her list is an impressive series of rows of groups of five. Looks like markings on an Egyptian tomb. After breakfast John went off to the convention and the general assembly while Peggy went back to studying for Asian Art Museum tours. John visited the House of Friendship project hall and then walked over to the General Assembly, the first of two today. In order to move 10,000 people into the auditorium the logistics required winnowing the massive number of people down ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Hamburg » Hamburg June 1st 2019

John left Peggy in bed recuperating from last evening and went to visit the Convention. He had a few meetings and spent a good deal of time looking at the various projects that Rotarians are doing all over the world. Extremely impressive. John and Peggy hooked up in the mid afternoon and went downtown for tea and an early dinner at a nice German restaurant, Casse-Croute Bistro, where Peggy tired their schnitzel to her satisfaction. A peaceful walk back to the barn and catching up on emails and this blog … then off to bed.... read more
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Europe » Germany » Hamburg » Hamburg May 13th 2019

2:30am Saturday morning. The alarm goes off. I can finally get up and admit that I am having no sleep. I’ll sleep in the car on the way to the airport I think. That didn’t happen. I never thought I’d sleep on the plane and I was right. We’re flying Ryanair, I’m 6’ 3”. It’s not going to happen. I’d have to go a week without sleep to even nap on most planes never mind a Ryanair one with all their announcements about scratch cards (that I’ve never seen anyone buy) etc and the minimalist leg room. Three of us arrive in Hamburg. Dave is joining us by train. Don’t ask. We’re in Hamburg before he has left Manchester. We get off the plane, Suzanne gets on the bus, the doors close. Now there are two ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Hamburg » Hamburg May 12th 2019

A few hours after going to sleep it was time do get up. Despite the many beers drunk and the very few hours slept, I felt surprisingly chipper as did Zanne. She put it down to German beer being of better quality than the crap we get in the UK. We drove to the central Hamburg station, the Sunday morning roads being very quiet, we got there quickly, but no David. Being overtired and unsure, he disembarked at another Hamburg station and was a further 19 minute drive away. We found him looking rather sheepish and worn, but after the food Zanne had brought him and a rest in the car, he soon was laughing and joking about his epic adventure that will give him much to talk about at parties for years to come. We ... read more
Just before the St Pauli v Bochum match.
The beer refill man
Just before the St Pauli v Bochum match

Europe » Germany » Hamburg » Hamburg May 11th 2019

The day started at 3am because we were going on holiday. Travelling for the first time with another couple, Zanne and David, Glyn and I left in the dark as David drove us to Manchester airport. The flight left at 6.40am with just three of us and David took the train for a transcontinental journey he won’t be forgetting in a hurry. It turns out that the rail system in Germany isn’t as good as hoped; trains ran late with little info given and David got accosted by drunks and a Nazi in Cologne. Meanwhile, Glyn, Zanne and I landed happily in Hamburg after an uneventful 80 minute flight. During the descent into Hamburg, I noticed that The city was thick with dark green trees, like a dense forest with buildings poking out. Plus many bridges, ... read more
St Peter's Church
Old building
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Europe » Germany » Hamburg » Hamburg June 26th 2018

Today is going to be a better day! Got up early so I could travel into the city with Christiane. First we went to her office building and went to the 14th floor to see the views over the city. We then headed to Cafe Paris which is a very beautiful cafe in the heart of the city. We had a very nice breakfast with more food than I could eat, so did the old traveller trick of putting some cheese into the croissant and wrapping it up for later. Christiane headed off to work and I walked around the Town Hall (Rathaus), which is a very impressive building. From here I jumped on the HopOn HopOff bus to get my bearings of the city. Hamburg has these two beautiful lakes and this tour went all ... read more
The Town Hall, Hamburg
Steam Paddle Boat - tour of the harbour
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Europe » Germany » Hamburg » Hamburg June 25th 2018

After waking and getting myself sorted for the day, I walked to Nyhavn for breakfast. I stopped to take a photo of #20, which was the house that Hans Christian Andersen lived in. After a nice breakfast of eggs & bacon, I continued my walk to enjoy some of the final sights of Copenhagen. The time soon came to check out of my hotel and head to the Central Train station for my trip to Hamburg. The journey started off nicely with my seat not actually on the window, but I could see the view of the countryside fully, without interruption this time. After about 2 hours I needed to change trains at Fredericia, which is a town in Denmark. As we were getting close to the station, an announcement advised us that the train to ... read more
The queue for the bus in Fredericia
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Europe » Germany » Hamburg » Hamburg June 12th 2018

Bonjour à tous, Je positive, j'ai passé une agréable partie de la journée à arpenter les rue d'Hambourg. Hier au soir j'étais bien dans la quartier chaud de la ville. Lorsque je suis allé manger vers 20h, je n'ai rien vu d'autre que des sexes shops. Je mange à une terrasse, malgré la petite fraîcheur, et au bout d'un moment je vois une jolie femme, même très jolie, qui paraissait attendre, sur la place, pas très loin de moi, et régulièrement regardait dans ma direction, autant dire que mon imagination tournait à plein. La réponse est venue quand je suis parti, elle est venue m'aborder en allemand, et là j'ai tout compris c'était une péripa... enfin une pute, et je me suis traité de naïf. Sur le chemin du retour à l'hôtel il y en avait ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Hamburg » Hamburg June 11th 2018

Bonjour à tous Rectificatif. Hier j'écrivais que Frankfort était une ville tristouille. Je crois que c'était dimanche après midi, pas d'activité dans les rues, que la ville était prise dans une gangue de brume de chaleur. Mais ce matin avec un beau ciel bleu et de l'animation, j'ai eu un tout autre regard. La comparer à NY c'est un peu fort, mais je pense à Toronto avec toutes ces tours et celles à venir. C'est du délire. De plus beaucoup de parcs, d'espaces verts. C'est avec plaisir que je revois ma première opinion. Hambourg-Franckfort c'est 500 km d'autoroute, ce n'est pas mon habitude de garder l'autoroute, mais j'avais prévu de me rendre au plus vite à Hambourg. Vite ça été le cas. Je dois vieillir, à 220, j'ai coupé, trop de voitures. Sur ces 500 km ... read more
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