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Sep 30, 2016 - So it turns out I like beer....

I’ve just pulled into Zbaszynek … yep – I have no idea how to pronounce it either…. It’s 8.50am and I’ve just woken up after a bumpy night sleep on the 23hr13 Sparpreis Europa departure from Koln to Warsaw. Dad would have been disappointed to hear that the train didn’t abide by the tradition of German efficiency and departed at least 7 minutes late… shock horror! So the first solo stop on my epic journey has finished as I spent nearly 3 days in Cologne. Arriving early evening I headed straight down to my hostel which was a little way out...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Eau de Cologne

After a leisurely breakfast, I finish writing and posting the Amsterdam journal just as we are leaving the port. We are headed to Cologne through canals that will ultimately get us to the Rhine. Lunch is a buffet with a mix of typical fare and local dishes. I try the Bittenbal, a Netherlands dish of shredded veal and spices, breaded and then deep fried and served with mustard. They are very tasty bite size morsels, like a croquette. Over lunch we hear the story of Paul’s early morning adventure. Apparently still suffering jetlag and a fuzzy...

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May 19, 2016 - Ferry to Holland

Well, here we go again, but where will we end up? The Italian Interlude Part 1 Thursday 19th May Ferry Good. We leave Edinburgh on a cool morning only 10 Deg C and drive down to Moffat the pick-up the caravan. Leaving our little storage area is like leaving an old friend, but needs must, we have a ferry to catch at Newcastle. The boat sails at 5pm and check-in is supposed to open at 2.30pm but we get there (the sat nav takes us a circuitous route round the North of the city) at 2.35 and there are already two long lines of vehicles...

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Aug 20, 2015 - Tour day 13 - Paris

Well Dave and I both woke up about 6ish and rolled over and went back to sleep. We then didn't wake up until 8.30am - oh well looks like we are not doing the tour. Drag our butts out of bed and down for breaky. It is pissing down with rain outside - not a pleasant looking day. So we decided not to rush and take it easy. Went back to our room and grabbed our very special brolley (thanks D) and caught the underground to the Effiel Tower - decided to get that out of the way before the crowds start (Parisians are late starters - majority of...

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Our European/UK Trip

Aug 12, 2015 - Castles, castles, castles

Köln, Germany We visited the town of Rüdesheim today. Naturally we were fascinated by the narrow, winding roads of cobblestone again. There were lots and lots of shops with colorful wares. We tried not to be enticed as we headed to the cable car station. The cable cars took us over grapevines as far as the eye could see and deposited us at the top of the mountain. There we had an impressive view of the Rhine River and the town below as we explored the Niederwald Monument with its statue of "Germania". The monument was built in the years...

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European Adventure

Aug 6, 2015 - Cologne, Germany

Being in 3 countries in one day calls for quick cultural adjustment and mental switching on and off of languages. English in the morning, Dutch and French in the afternoon, German in the evening. Between John and I, we had the first three covered, but German is lost on us (or we are in over our heads in Germany). Stepping out of the train station we are struck by the beauty of the Dom, right there at our feet. The fashion, attitude and language have changed: mowhawks (yep, they're still popular and trendy in the land of Nina Hagen);...

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Jul 6, 2015 - Bonn & Remagen

Today Sam and I decided to further explore via train to the cities of Bonn and Remagen, Germany. We purchased a Rhineland regional ticket for 24 Euros and headed out. This was adventure number two on the train for Sam and I to navigate. After a brief stop in Koblenz, we made our way to Bonn. Bonn is the birthplace of Beethoven and a charming city with an open square and numerous shopping opportunities and cafes to explore. It took us about 1.5 hours on the train to arrive in Bonn just in time for lunch. We walked the town and found a nicely...

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Jul 5, 2015 - Train Ride To Cologne

We took a train ride to Cologne, Germany today to visit the Cologne, Cathedral. This was the first train ride for Vickie and Sam while in Germany. They were both excited but the heat really took away a lot of the fun, it was almost 100 degrees on the train. :-) Europe is having a huge heat wave, we are hoping for rain soon to cool everything down. Once we arrived in Cologne we walked a short distance to the awesome Cologne Cathedral. We took pictures on the outside first before visiting inside. The stained glass windows inside are...

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Jul 4, 2015 - Phantasialand Park

Update by Sam: We had a wonderful day at Phantasialand. It had cool, but quirky attractions to watch and ride. All through out the day we explored many different, but interesting parts of the park. After a fun ride on the Colorado Adventure we made our way to the land of Mexico. Although there was so many things to see and do we still had a lot to cover. We made our way to the land of Berlin just in time to catch up to my Grandma and Grandpa.Afterwards, we had watched a 4-D movie in German about pirates. We had split up after the movie and...

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Jul 3, 2015 - A Train

52°25'46" N 11°46'53" E On A Train, somewhere in Germany I'm kind of writing today as we go, it's a day of travel and thought, right now it's 1:18 pm and we are on the first of two trains to Berlin that will have us arriving early Saturday morning. This morning began with breakfast and packing up to say goodbye to Amsterdam. The fun part was then getting our bags, day packs and backpacks, getting on our bikes, and riding into the city from the hostel to return the bikes. When you have an extra 30 pounds total strapped to your body, your...

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Jun 13, 2015 - Day 35 - Bonn and Drachenburg Castle

Day 35 - Saturday 13th June, 2015 - Bonn and Drachenburg Castle LESS THAN 2 DAYS LEFT OF OUR CRUISE Earlier start today as we have a coach drive into town - short walking tour to see Beethoven’s birth place and hear about his family life. [Don’t ask….. I didn’t take it in - it was 4 thick volumes of historical information being dumped into my “spirax notebook” sized brain - and the plug had been pulled anyway so that didn’t help too much with retention.] After that we drove some distance to get to the Siebengebirge area to visit the...

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Swiss Trip 2015

Jun 12, 2015 - Cologne Germany

Cologne was once a Roman settlement called Colonia Agrippina. Fragments of Roman ruins in some parts of the city are still visible as is the Roman Tower near the cathedral which was once part of the medieval town walls. The city also boasts Romanesque churches, a Renaissance city hall and the remnants of an ancient Jewish mikvah (a ritual bathhouse). Our tour today took us through the immense Cologne cathedral, to the street Schildergasse, famous for "eau de cologne" invented in 1709 by Italian Giovanni Maria Farina. He said the smell...

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