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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 6, 2015 - Amsterdam and beyond

Today I decided to see what I could of Amsterdam but to also see some of the surroundings of Holland. I took off early walking and saw the flower market, then decided to have my breakfast of Holland pancakes. Walked around some more getting turned around a few times. Decided to walk through the Red Light district before catching the tour bus for the afternoon. Had very nice afternoon of going through 3 small country villages. Saw windmills, how to make cheese as well as how to make wooden shoes. Ate dinner of fish and chips in fishing...

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Beth's European Trip

Jun 5, 2015 - Amsterdam

Woke up early with my incredible view of the canal. After the nice B&B breakfast,went for stroll down one of the main streets near where I am staying to exchange money and souvenir shop. In early afternoon, went to have my nails redone since I go straight to the AMA meeting in Chicago. That was a 3 hour ordeal, but at least my nails look nice. I decided then I was game to rent a bike and go exploring,. Which went ok except the bike was not very good. A thunderstorm came up so I ate dinner in the main Amsterdam Dept store, then rode home in...

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Beth's European Trip

Jun 4, 2015 - Another travel day

The bus leaving Mannheim to Amsterdam was an hour and a half late and Stef and his parents were so sweet to wait with me. Still it prolonged the sadness I felt to leave them it's been so nice meeting Steffen's family and we got along just great. No wonder Steffen is such a wonderful young man

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Beth's European Trip

Jun 3, 2015 - Mannheim

Today I am able to spend the day with Steffen. He came for a lovely German breakfast at the Sikoras, the we were off to explore the city. Steffen was a great tour guide showing me his castle university (how lucky), then we saw the main plazas, the water tower, the Mannheim Christ church, which was nice since it was a Protestant - Lutheran church. We ate at a doner near the market place. And had a typical Turkish sandwich which was delicious. I think Steffens has one about every day. I think we saw most places on the list but my favorite was...

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Beth's European Trip

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