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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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May 17, 2016 - A short time at Frankfurt airport

Tuesday May 17 We arrived at the Frankfurt airport 30 minutes late and had to rush from our Air Canada 787-9 ‘Dreamliner’ (nice new plane) to a bus on the ramp, then to passport control, then rush back onto the bus to be taken to our Lufthansa plane waiting for us on the other side of the airport. The plane departed several minutes late en route to Gothenburg.

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May 7, 2016 - Crete, Greece

Meet my little friends.... I always wanted to try the fish foot bath and now I have. The bucket list just got another check mark! It was kinda freaky at first but actually nice after you got used to them. Crete is a lovely city filled with so many little cafes, shops and museums and sites. It is one of my favorites so far for its beauty and quaintness. The food is devine and the shopping is not bad as we have hit the mid-season sales. Jamie took about 500 pictures at the museum today - he looks like a tourist alright! I am surprised at how...

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Apr 28, 2016 - Frankfurt

Hello from Frankfurt! Well we have decided that international air service is a much better deal than domestic, however, we dream of one day being able to sit "at the front of the plane" - lol, After an interesting drive to the hotel, we enjoyed our first European coffee while waiting for our room to be ready. These people know how to make a good coffee! After spending the afternoon walking around the downtown and visiting a few restaurants and shops, we returned to the hotel and crashed for a few hours. Tomorrow will be an early day as we...

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Dec 22, 2015 - End of Act One

My dad used to have any number of amusing statements suitable for all occasions. One of his favorites was "Write when you find work." He was also fond of "Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick." After three nights in Frankfurt, I hear my dad asking, "Resting up for the big push?" My answer would be yes. We have an overnight flight to Delhi this evening. It will be a tough transition from Europe to Asia. We have no illusions about the culture shock we'll encounter starting with the airport. We're already taking malaria medication...

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Dec 19, 2015 - Mosch Mosch, Wash World, and other cultural highlights

As underwhelming as Heidelberg is generally, we did enjoy our stay. Hotel Pension Schmitt was quiet, clean, and well located. The city is walkable. Sad to say the local T-Mobile guys could not help us bypass Mo's voice mail password. Voice mail while roaming requires a password, which she had not set up. So, if you leave a message, you'll get a call in March. The train from Heidelberg to Frankfurt was standing room only. It figured the last weekend before Christmas would be busy. Fortunately, Mo snagged us seats. I noticed that we were in...

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Sep 18, 2015 - We Made it to Frankfurt, Germany

We made it to Frankfurt with no delays. Found out we didn't need international drivers license. Got a diesel station wagon for rental car ( cheaper gas prices) that came with GPS. Tips of the day: 1. Make sure rental car company switches GPS to English and shows you how to use it. Took us an hour to figure out how to use it!!!

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Sep 5, 2015 - A really interesting week in Vienna

Austria Hello everyone On Sunday 30th August we flew from Warsaw to Vienna and looked forward to a week on our own before we were to embark on our second tour of the trip being the Tauck Germany Tour. Whereas Poland was generally in the mid 20s temperature wise we struck a very hot period in Vienna. It was well in the 30’s for the week which was the end of their summer. The previous summer had been a poor one whereas this summer was extremely hot and dry in Vienna. We would see that later in the week with crop failures through heat and lack...

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Aug 11, 2015 - Cruising the Main...

Rudesheim, Germany Today was a full day of cruising on the picturesque Main (pronounced mine). There were plenty of fortified towns with towering cathedrals, green valleys with vineyards on impossible slopes, and evidence of local people enjoying themselves swimming, bicycling, camping and fishing. We also had a visit from a traditional glassblower who gave us a glassblowing demonstration and a great laugh with some of his commentary. Karl was marvelous. Besides being very entertaining, he was a skilled craftsman,has worked with renowned...

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