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Apr 16, 2018 - Overload of half-timbered buildings

Today we had a drive west into the countryside to see some of the noted villages/towns for their half-timbered houses/buildings. Within Germany there is extensive road/bridge maintenance programme being undertaken (which is more than can be said to be happening in the UK!) which although admirable it can be quite frustrating when the road you want to take is closed! This happened several times but we found alternative routes. We had a number of stops the significant ones were in Spangen and Fritzlar. Both had almost picture perfect...

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Apr 15, 2018 - Premiumweg Frankerhauser Karst

The morning was misty but due to turn sunny and warm so we headed out to undertake a walk in the surrounding countryside. We started from the small village of Wolfterode and followed Premiumweg 2. One of the interesting differences to England was the farm houses and yards were all based within the villages and not on the land so you get uninterrupted views of the countryside. We walked through rolling countryside with very clear signage for our path. There was a whole series of views as we walked from one valley to the next. The high point...

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Apr 12, 2018 - Exploring Eschwege and the lake

Rested from our journey the day before we took a short walk into Eshwege. The town had many half-timbered buildings. We visited the local tourist office and got information on some potential walks in the area and where the local supermarkets were located. After lunch we then walked around the lake (7km) which we all enjoyed.

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Apr 11, 2018 - Move to Eshwegge

Today we moved further east to Eshwege. From talking to campground management we found an easier way out rather than go through the small towns to the autobahn. Our journey was OK except the last road to the campground where it was rather a tight turn but Tony made it. The campground had reserved a nice flat pitch overlooking the lake.

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Apr 7, 2018 - The Diemelsee Panorama Trail

Another good day forecast. Today we headed out to one of the nearby lake/reservoir of Diemelsee to walk the Panorama trail above the lake (10.2km). Again the trail was well marked and easy to follow. We got great views of the lake and surrounding countryside. This was a little more challenging than the day before but we all enjoyed the walk and the scenery. Poor Daisy was totally worn out by the time we got back to the car. A more restful day for her needed tomorrow!

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Sep 9, 2017 - Our least favourite place so far... Frankfurt

We arrived in Frankfurt after a short bus journey from Cologne. Our first impressions were not exactly great. The area around train stations typically are not know for their scenary, but this one was on another level. Perhaps it's coming back from Asia where everywhere feels safe or perhaps it's just the area where we arrived but it was not a great start. The next morning we visited some of the nicer parts of Frankfurt including the Romer area which includes the old town. The buildings were nice, however we are expecting to see better when...

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Jun 16, 2017 - Day 1 Europe 2017 - Frankfurt

Our flight was scheduled to leave Melbourne on time. At the last minute one of the passengers decided to not fly anymore. We had to sit and wait for 30 mins while they removed her bags. The rest of the flight to Dubai was pretty uneventful, I managed to get some sleep. When we arrived in Dubai, it was 6.30 in the morning and already 36 degrees. The second we landed you could feel the heat. I'm not sure what was happening, but we seemed to be waiting on the plane to disembark for about 20 mins. Once we got off the plane we had to get buses...

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Europe 2017

Jun 14, 2017 - Day 6: Wurzburg, Germany

Day 6, and we docked in Wurzburg, located on the Main River in northern Bavaria. Our tour here first visited another UNESCO World Heritage site, the Bishop's Residence, built between 1719 and 1744. The 400-room palace was then heavily damaged in WWII by British bombers, and was rebuilt and restored from 1945-1987. The Four Continents ceiling fresco, at almost 7300 square feet, is larger than the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and was painted by the Venetian painter Tiepolo, and completed in 1753. After the Palace tour, a short bus tour of downtown...

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Sep 15, 2016 - Frankfurt am Main

Day 5 - Thursday 15th September Koblenz to Frankfurt - 88 miles, total to date = 587 miles The day started badly when an engine warning message came up as soon as we started off. The vehicle manual said that we needed to get it checked at a Fiat service garage but that it would be OK to keep driving so long as we didn’t go too fast. We located a dealership in Frankfurt which was on our route so we made our way there. We were avoiding motorways and it was very pleasant driving mainly through forest country which was very pretty in with the...

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Sep 3, 2016 - Go East - for a change!

Well, it's been a busy few weeks in Scotland and finding a new blog programme hasn't been a priority, due to family priorities, so it's still the old one, but I am still looking! After 2 weeks of meandering south, looking up old friends, (and some not so old!!) we arrived at Portsmouth to get a new side window fitted and go for a "diagnosis" at Iveco, Southampton, as the computer warning light had come on and engine went into safe mode just after, thank goodness, the Dartford bridge. After an hour or so, new valve controlling the exhaust...

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Jun 24, 2016 - Frankfort, Germany

As we touch-down at the Frankfort airport, it is midnight at home, but 6 AM in Frankfort. We disembark, and have to find our way to the departure gate for our connection to Saint Petersburg. So we walk.....and walk.....and walk....board a shuttle tram....then walk....and walk...and walk. After nearly 30 minutes of this, we reach security, where we have to process again in order to enter this departure terminal, but it goes relatively quickly despite security personnel who are obviously not very excited about their jobs. On to the gate, and...

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Jun 10, 2016 - Gothenburg to Frankfurt

Friday June 10 We were up before the wake-up call and ready for our breakfast which the hotel starts serving at 4:30 (lots of flight crews). We ate a quick breakfast and then took the hotel complementary shuttle over to the terminal -- nice to have because it had rained overnight. The terminal was very, very crowded. We used the electronic kiosk to (fairly quickly) check in and obtain boarding passes for both the Gothenburg to Frankfurt and the Frankfurt to Ottawa flights, but there was no option to print any baggage tags. We had to wait...

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