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Nach meinen jüngsten Aktivitäten in der Türkei und in München bin ich wieder zu meinem Projektort in Stuttgart zurück gekehrt. Von dort habe ich gestern einen Ausflug zum Hambacher Schloss gemacht. Auf dem Weg dorthin konnte ich sehen, dass die Baustellen bei Karlsruhe auf der A8 und bei der Rheinbrücke beendet waren. Auch habe ich zum ersten Mal den Sportmodus meines neuen Autos ausprobiert und es am Abend auch an einer Ladestation teilweise aufgeladen. Das Schloss selber ist auf einem Berg und ich musste leider ein Stück weit nach oben laufen. Dort angekommen habe ich ein Ticket gekauft und es besichtigt. Der Höhepunkt ist die Ausstellung auf der obersten Etage. Da ich mich ja sehr für Geschichte interessiere, habe ich aber wenig neues gesehen. Es gibt auch noch einen Veranstaltungssaal, der aber gerade leer war. Nach ... read more
Besuch des Hambacher Schlosses.
Besuch des Hambacher Schlosses.
Besuch des Hambacher Schlosses.

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Bernkastel-Kues October 18th 2019

"when we accept life as it is, we can respond appropriately to the way we are experiencing it, rather than just reacting out of fear and aversion " Ajahn Sumedho My son visited Bernkastel Keus many years ago with his friend and family. They took a friend with them every holiday for company for their boy and this particular year it was my sons turn . He sent a postcard to my mum and she kept it. We found it after she died . The picture was of the half timbered buildings of Bernkastel Kues. I wondered what he thought of this town on the Moselle . Would a 14 year old be impressed? Probably not . We were still in the wine growing region with the vines clinging to the hillsides. We were tootling along. ... read more
so many things that look the same

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Cochem October 17th 2019

We woke up early and headed down river following the lovely Moselle. Joined by hundreds of others who were on the river cruise boat. They were spending a holiday on a boat with many others , being fed and watered and being dropped off at any pretty town along the river. Their days spent sitting in their rooms looking out of their picture windows. The Moselle twists its way from Trier to Koblenz. A beautiful waterway which meanders along with many dams and locks along its way. Above the river are the terraced vineyards which cling precariously to the hillsides. Steep sided valleys that look impossible to grow anything. The grape vines run up the hillside and the small red tractors harvest the grapes. The creep slowly down the hillsides . Vertically - it looks impossible ... read more
Cochem
half timbered buildings - so may of them
Another quiet corner

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Koblenz October 16th 2019

"Whatever comes , let it come, what stays let stay and what goes let go" Papaji This holiday seems to be one of taken whatever comes into our stride. It has never quite turned out to be what we planned but the unplanned seems to be coming together. This part of Germany has been interesting to say the least. Not what we expected and the weather is poor. Hat , coats and gloves weather. But at least there is something to see and write home about. Many years ago someone sent me a card from Ostende, one from the Swiss mountains and told me about Koblenz. He loved it and raved about it for years after. I never quite worked out why. It had never been on the radar. I knew it was the place where ... read more
Kaiser Bill at night
Kaiser Bill on his plinth
The view from Gabby

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Trier August 15th 2019

Enjoyed a lovely breakfast in our hotel before jumping into the car and heading up the Moselle along the N53 to Cochem and back. It took all day we stopped for coffee and cake at a beautiful little town called Bernkastel. Cochem was beautiful and after a long stroll to ALDI we enjoyed a picnic lunch on a reclining bench in the sunshine with a spectacular view of the castle. ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Koblenz July 23rd 2019

July 23rd Koblenz and up the lazy river to Rudesheim........... I must say I love waking up on these mornings and wondering where we are. The first thing I like to do is look out the window to get a precursory view of our upcoming adventure for the day. Today we woke in Koblenz, another tiny village along the Rhine River. The six of us boarded the bus together and headed out to St. Mark's Castle. The village was beautiful with many quaint hotels made of white plaster and dark wood beams. Petunias and geraniums of every color spilled from the windows and balconies. I couldn't help wondering as we bused pass them who would come here for longer than a day. We're here because a two hour guided tour of the castle is on Viking's ... read more
Bed and Cradle at the Castle
Castle on the Rhine 2
Castle on the Rhine


Kirsten and I wake up, it’s 8:30am and we both feel well rested. Uli and Gudrun have a great breakfast waiting for us. This is the best Zimmer I’ve stay in. Omi, wakes up and is down stairs soon. Omi and Gudrun go way, way back if you haven’t figured that out yet. After breakfast, Kirsten works with Omi on ordering her train ticket to Fulda using her phone. It’s is impressive how much Omi uses technology, iPhone, iPad yeah.. she’s getting quite good at posting, using Apple Pay, taking pictures and finding Kirsten and Bea on Find Friends. Everyone gives us a great send off and we promise to return soon. On the road again... Kirsten is driving and I’m navigating, where are we going, I have no idea, maps, iPhone. I have to ask ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Zweibrucken April 28th 2019

Gabby the motorhome is parked at the Rosegarten stelplatz at Zweibrucken. This was not our first choice of stelplatz but it turned out to be a good one. A touch farther than our first choice making for less driving tomorrow. It looked good on Google Earth and had rave reviews on Camper Contact. Rewind a few hours though and we are still parked by the canal in Peruwelz eating our breakfast. Our noisy Dutch neighbours are fast asleep . Four abreast in a tiny Surfer Dude campervan. There can be no room to swing a cat inside and I wonder how they sleep. Top to toe and very intimately. We never saw our neighbours to the other side. The elderly lady sat in her Captains chair with her eyes glued to the TV for the whole ... read more
The weir before they turned on the Archimedes Screw
The riverside walk at Zweibrucken
The Rosegarten hotel

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Ramstein-Miesenbach September 26th 2018

Well... we packed up and headed towards Ramstein Air Base, to hopefully get a flight out. At the time we left, there was a flight to Charleston, but it was showing 0 seats Firm. There was also a flight to Dover AFB (on a C5 with nice seats!) in the afternoon with 73 seats Firm. When we arrived at the terminal and parked our rental car, we went into the terminal to see that the Charleston flight now showed 49 seats, Tentative. After reviewing the Space A "present" list, we saw we were 70th and 71st on the list, so we decided it would be safer to take the Dover flight since that way even if everyone present wanted to go, we'd still make it. When the roll call started, there were several names called that ... read more
Our gracious hosts and saviours, Alina, Sean, and their dog Maggie

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Kaiserslautern September 24th 2018

I guess its obvious from the title of this blog entry that we didn't catch either of the intended flights. This morning we were going to pack up and head to the base, but when I checked the 72-hour flight schedule again, both of the originally scheduled flights were still listed, but Tuesday's schedule had a Charleston AFB! So, we said heck with it and decided to go for that one. Much less hassle upon arrival in the states, since we just walk to our car and drive home, and most likely much less expense without the car rental and overnight stay near either of the other bases. The car's rental agreement isn't up until Tuesday at like 1pm, but we needed to see if we could stay in this apartment another two nights. I sent ... read more
Our new apartment for the next 2 nights
Our bedroom in the new apartment
Our much larger bathroom




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