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Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Düsseldorf August 7th 2019

One of the things to do for Marion on this trip was to go to a German city on the Rhine. So off we went, and we invited Peter also, since he had not been this far into Germany yet. It’s only about a 75-minute drive, but the highway is quite busy with international trucking. We noticed almost right away when we entered Germany, that there looked to be more space and that land use was not as tightly organized. The highways too were not as numerous and had fewer interchanges. And believe it or not, the speed limits were a bit slower than the 130km/hr on most highways in the Netherlands. We found a central parking space close to the Altstadt or old city. We walked though the area with numerous restaurants, probably one or ... read more
Looking like tourists in Düsseldorf
Refreshments on top of the Rhine Tower
The Rhine Tower

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne July 25th 2019

One grand cathedral, one grand palace garden and some more The basic plan for our vacation can be summarized in the sentence "We flew to London and then slowly we made our way back home". Home is Stockholm in Sweden and when travelling slowly from London to Stockholm it is almost impossible to avoid going through Germany. The first German city we arrived in was Cologne. Cologne Before we came to Cologne we only knew of one thing we wanted to see there - the cathedral. We had high hopes before coming there but still we weren't prepared. The cathedral is absolutely gigantic. Add to it that we arrived at night when it was dark. When it is dark you can't see any details of the cathedral. Instead we sensed that there was this gargantuan building ... read more
Replica of the top of the spire
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Stained glass window

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne July 22nd 2019

July 22 Cologne We had a fabulous dinner last night with our new found friends, Diana, John, Beatriz and Terry. There was much laughter reminiscing about the ill fated windmill tour in the Netherlands but now we we sail on to Germany.......... This is our first time on tour in Germany and Cologne is our first port of call. We were told the city was nearly destroyed in WWII and that there is only a very small portion of any medieval buildings left. The biggest of these would be the Cologne Cathedral named after Saint Peter, so off we bused to explore what we could of Cologne which sits right at the waters edge on both sides of the Rhine. The enormous Cathedral is easily seen from a distance. The bus dropped us off in front ... read more
Magi Shrine
Not on the pub crawl list but funny just the same
It is said you must rub his hand for good luck.........I just do what I'm told

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Dusseldorf July 17th 2019

I wake up, all the lights in the cabin are on and it’s noisy, I look over and Kirsten is smiling at me. Wake up sleepy head ...we’re going to be landing is 1 hr. I’m served breakfast and it was good, but more coffee would have made it better along with another 2 hours of sleep. We land. Kirsten, OMI and I are out the door and on our way through customs. It’s always easy when you’re at the front of the line. We make our way through the airport and find the Alamo car rental counter. How boring, until the agent behind the counter looks at Kirsten and points out that her drivers’ licenses will expire on July 27th, 2019 and she can’t rent the car. OK, so Kirsten asks her to put me ... read more
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Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Lemgo July 9th 2019

Short trip to my old birth place. Should be an interesting trip, a trip down memory lane, providing that everything works OK, and the timetable works. A trip that would not be allowed if certain family members had their way. Anyway, first message received this morning telling me that the flight would be delayed by 30 minutes. That will mean a bit of a rush from arriving in Düsseldorf to catch the 18.02 train To Bielefeld and Lemgo. Not a good start, got a phone message to tell me that my flight is delayed until 16.05. Which means, of course, that l will miss my connection and probably not get to my hotel until at least 23.00. Arrived at my least liked Manchester Airport and found the usual chaos. Information board tells me that my flight ... read more

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Munster May 12th 2019

Castellano debajo del frances Vous l’aurez compris… nous montons vers le Nord… et aujourd’hui nous nous dirigeons vers Münster, à ne pas confondre avec le fromage français mais bien une cité universitaire qui mérite une petite visite. C’est une cité qui a marqué l’Histoire, puisque c’est ici qu’en 1648, les grandes puissances belligérantes de l’époque mirent un terme à la guerre de Trente Ans. Détruite à plus de 90 % en 1945, la vieille ville a été reconstruite presque à l’identique. D’où l’étrange impression de visiter une ville ancienne… toute neuve. Merci le Routard de nous apprendre tout cela ! Il nous raconte aussi : l’animation est assurée par les 55 000 étudiants que compte la ville, mais aussi 300 000 habitants et 2 vélos chacun… : un pour tous les jours et un autre pour ... read more
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un tableau de bord bien équipé
une agence de voyage qui gâte ses touristes en route ! (1)

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne May 11th 2019

Castellano debajo del frances... Pollux entame sa cinquième année de grand voyage… il se porte à merveille et son chauffeur lui a préparé un terrible itinéraire pour ce printemps et été 2019… J’ai eu la chance de trouver sur Google cette carte de l’Europe, qu’une fois que vous cliquerez sur le lien, vous pourrez également cliquer sur un pays et obtenir des informations sur celui-ci…. Conservez donc dans vos favoris cette page et retournez-y à chaque frontière que nous passerons… Pour vous faciliter la vie j’essayerai de remettre moi-même le lien à chaque changement de pays… http://www.axl.cefan.ulaval.ca/europe/Europe-MAP.htm Nous voici donc partis cette année, sous la pluie… c’est assez rare pour nous, mais il faut faire avec, sinon les voyages deviendraient impossibles ! ... read more
01 en Allemagne les champs d'électricité !
02 une arrivée sympa au camping de Brühl (1)
02 une arrivée sympa au camping de Brühl (2)

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne October 13th 2018

Arrived Cologne at 7am. After leisurely breakfast departed for Augustusburg Palace in Bruhl. Palace constructed for Clemens August (1700-1761) prince elector and Archbishop of Cologne. Oppulent Rococo style with the most amazing grand marble staircase as important guests arrived in their coaches. Palace only used in the spring/summer by the prince elector as a reception house for international guests. Very lavish state receptions were held by the German state in recent times here. Quick look at the gardens then 15min drive to his hunting lodge. Here to was grand oppulent apartments plus a falconry. We had a good look inside then returned to ship for lunch. After lunch quick walk along the promenade towards town. Departed for Amsterdam at 4.30pm. Farwell Gala Dinner tonight.... read more
Palace of Augustusburg
Palace
Palace gardens

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne October 12th 2018

After breakfast arrived Rudesheim. Hopped on the tourist bus for drive around town then to Siegfrieds Musical Museum. Privately owned collection of historical mechanical instruments. Very interesting display of pneumatic and mechanical organs, pianolas & street organs. After strolled through cobbled streets and alleys back to the ship. Lunch then cruise the picturesque Rhine Valley. Sailed through the Rhine Valley Gorge, very scenic, castles on the hill tops overlooking the river and villages. Some castles in ruins others now privately owned hotels. Around every bend another perfect view, cute villages backdropped by forests judt turning yellow for autumn or steep mountains with ruins atop. Because the river is so low many people enjoying the rocky riverbanks either fishing, picnicing or sunbaking. Could only just cruise through the gorge as the low water mark was 53cm. Most ... read more
Rudesheim
Siegfrieds musical museum
Rudesheim

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Dusseldorf August 1st 2018

The journey home begins – Saturday July 28, 2018 We wake up to Leonarda calling for his morning breakfast, Kirsten is out the door with bread in hand. It’s like a baby calling for her momma. I call out, see what you’ve created, Kirsten smiles yea, I wish I could take her home with us. That wakes me up, not even no but...... #$&% NO! While were eating breakfast, Kirsten goes over our assigned choirs. It seems to me my list grew from last night assignments. We’ve all finished our choirs are bags are packed and in the car. Yes, the time has come we’re sad, but all GREAT vacations must come to an end. We’ve cleaned the house, changed the sheets, vacuumed the floors, cleaned anything and everything. The owners will be home tonight, and ... read more
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