Blogs from Hesse, Germany, Europe


Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt October 2nd 2014

So this is for real now! This girl (picture of my at age 6) is going to explore South America and take on all the challenges and adventures to come - and the curls are still the same ;) Next stop: Santo Domingo! "Closing time - every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end" - Semisonic read more

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Darmstadt August 6th 2014

Officially married. check. Happy family. checked. Tipsy Husband and wife. check. It's time to have lunch! We all head back to the underground, where we understand that my sister is missing... yes, another disaster - her dress got caught in the escalator... her partner jumped, pressed the emergency button and Thomas's sister pulled out a Lederman. SAVED!!! on the train-off the train-into the cars and off we go.... Lunch is served at Burg Frankenstein (Frankenstein Castle ) and we are running a bit late than planned... We chose this place from several obvious reasons: The name of the castle made me lough, It's disabled friendly and was available for the day we wanted it. Oh yeah, it also had an amazing view and... read more
Confetti (the kids couldn't manage)
Confetti gang running away

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt am Main August 6th 2014

The morning started with - - - breakfast :) an early one as the wedding was scheduled for 9:30 am.. 5 of our guests stayed the night at our place so the fact that I'm an early morning person helped a lot in getting organized :) We took the underground to the wedding and crossed the city center in a small and funny parade, attracting some attention from several groups of tourists who got up early enough to see visit the Römer early morning. We were asked to stay outside and wait for the 9:00 am wedding (didn't think that ANYONE got married even earlier than us) so we kept busy with taking pictures, signing important documents (I assume) etc.... it was a lovely sunny day (lucky us) and must admit - I was a little ... read more
Signing important docs
Love the hat!
Family Pic

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt August 5th 2014

Both My father and his partner are using wheelchairs. They are both using wheelchairs with motors, the wheelchairs are 150 KG each and unfoldable. Just to make it a bit challenging. Planning a trip to those requirements is pure art. It's impossible to just rent a car and go traveling, spontaneously looking for places to sleep in (the best way of travelling I guess...) It's almost impossible to find a self-driven car for people with disabilities. The vans in Europe don'... read more
Driving up the ramp
Ramp closed, we can start driving!
An accessible bus for groups of travelers with disabilities - private owned

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt August 5th 2014

So we are getting married. a proposal, bubbly wine and a tear were involved in the decision. then practicality kicked in: all we have to do is submit some papers, find a barrier free place (for the special people using wheelchairs invited) and be prepared for all weather conditions and all dietary requirements. EASY. Documents from Israel had to be translated by an approved translator from the list on the German embassy's website. Then the ministry of foreign affairs had to approve it. EASY So the minute my d... read more
a small gathering
The Israeli side of the table
Italian-German side of the table

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt July 28th 2014

Stuffed in like sardines, just enough space for one to breath! And turn to thy neighbour! This is what it is like on a plane flying economy! Take off was on time. I got a window seat and was quite happy to look out as we took off and landed. For the most part we were flying across the Atlantic Ocean and not much to see. During the flight from Toronto to Germany, dinner was served (chicken, mashed potatoes and a bun) along with complimentary drinks (I had 2 glasses of white wine then a baileys after dinner to help me sleep) for the duration of the flight. I watched two movies, a couple of sit coms and attempted to sleep on a number of occasions with little success. Probably i was very excited for my ... read more

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Hanau July 18th 2014

It has arrived -- our last day. What an absolutely amazing time we have had. We tried to make a list of our top 10 favorites but neither of us could limit it to 10. So the last list will be of our top 10ish trip highlights. Bullfight (both) Boating through Amsterdam on the canals (both) Standing at the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Jan) Crossing the Atlantic by boat (Jerry) Statue of David (both) Bicycling around Holland on the dikes (both) Venice (Jan) Deutches Museum in Munich (Jerry) Rhine River cruise (both) Gondola ride and view in Austria (both) Rock of Gibraltar (both) ZZ Top Concert (both) The most unusual city of Amsterdam (both) Bike paths throughout Europe (Jan) Being inside a windmill (Jerry) Public transportation systems, ease of riding around on trains and buses (Jan) ... read more

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Hanau July 17th 2014

We had so much fun on the Rhine River that we decided to take the cruise upriver on the Main River. The pictures speak for themselves. Later that evening back at the house we had a visitor - Bruni. She is a neighbor who has volunteered to take us to the airport on Saturday. We had an interesting visit with her and look forward to the drive on Saturday morning, so much nicer than a taxi.... read more
Cathedral on the river bank
Modern day castle?
Not a castle - a power plant using coal

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Hanau July 16th 2014

One more road trip this time to the village of Seligenstadt only about 30 kilometers away. It was a pretty drive through the country and by a lake. We wished we would have known about the lake earlier in our stay, we could have ridden our bikes there. Oh well, you always should leave something for the next time. As we neared the town suddenly the road came to a stop right at the river's edge. Ohhhh there is a small ferry to take you the rest of the way. Funny we didn't see any signs about a ferry. So we wandered through the town which had many more half timber houses and a very large Abbey. Apparently the monks make bread on Thursday to sell to visitors--today was Wednesday, darn! The abbey has a beautiful ... read more
The Road Ends
Welcome to Seligenstadt

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Hanau July 14th 2014

Exciting night last night -- Germany's winning the World Cup. There were horns blowing, singing and shouting, and fireworks. It was a great win. But we couldn't celebrate long because we had to be up at 6 for the day's event. We went on an all day boat trip. And it was amazing. We took the train from Hanau to downtown Frankfurt. We boarded the boat on the Main river. We cruised down river to the mouth of the Main where it dumps into the Rhine. Then we went cruising down the Rhine River another 30 kilometers. The sights were amazing. I will let the pictures tell the story. I only posted some of the castles today. More to come tomorrow. It really is unbelievable the number of castles just along the short portion of river ... read more
The beginning of the castles
A castle ruin

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