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Aug 3, 2014 - Sun and Rain and sore feet

We got up about 8:15 and went to breakfast provided by the hotel. Not the best selection or the best tastes. But it was OK. The usual scrambled eggs and ten kinds of bread, plus cereal and lots of cheese. I had a good meal – Alice not so much. Then back to the room to gather our supplies and off to “Hop on - Hop off” tour bus. We bought the ticket then walked down to the Elbe to board the bus. The first tour was about two hours – we first went along the Elbe and the opera house, the water gate palace, and the Eissporthalle – a tobacco...

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Aug 2, 2014 - Dresden

Up about 8:15 and breakfast. Some final packing then down to the lobby and check out. Local city tax not included in tour so an extra 12 euros. Taxi to the train station was not a problem, then down to platform one to wait for the train. We were about 45 minutes early so the platform was pretty empty but filled up quickly. On platform two a train came and everybody ran after it – but it was the wrong train so a few minutes later they were all running back the other way! We tried to figure things out – we were in car 258 seats 31 and 32....

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Jun 1, 2014 - Dresden Day 1/2

Taking the train from Berlin to Dresden was very simple. The hotel I stayed at was called the Ibis Bastei and it was just a few minutes walk from the train station. The hotel is perfect location on the main pedestrian walking street that will take you straight to the Old City which was incredibly beautiful even though it is all reconstruction since Dresden was completely bombed in WW2. Tip: Go to Cafe Prag for the best pizza. A huge slice and beer was only 4,90 Euro. Another must have is the finest chocolate ice cream bar from Feinstes...

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May 1, 2014 - Day 29 – Thursday 1 May – Munich to Leipzig

Today we had our longest train trip being from Munich to Leipzig taking 6 hours. I know I have said it before but Train travel has been so good. We had a 5 minute walk from our hotel, waited for the train departure of about 15 minutes, we had a booth with spacious leather seats, a table and huge window, very fast internet access, really great countryside, and only about 4 stops. For morning tea and lunch we went down to the dining car for a la carte meals. We had time to update Facebook and journal and message the girls and we even did a...

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Sep 10, 2013 - Dresden and the weather changes

Dresden, sorry I missed you in Dresden, Fran, I think I was about a month too late to meet up with you. It would've been fun to catch up, next time. Unfortunately the weather has finally caught up with me and our time in Dresden was marred a little by the cold and rainy conditions. It only reminded me of how I've vowed never to travel through Europe in winter again after experiencing such a beautiful summer in Europe this time around. Dresden is a beautiful ('not so old city' as it was heavily bombed during the war and has since been...

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Jane Lady of Leisure

Aug 14, 2013 - Dresden and Leipzig

I am finding the heavy schedule and hours of journaling quite taxing and I don't even know if anyone (apart from my sister Margaret and friend Ollie is receiving these updates so I may need to close down this section by tomorrow. Just briefly, we visited Dresden and Leipzig where we stayed last night in the Ramada Hotel and had an extremely nice buffet dinner. I think that our group are tiring and tonight in Munich will be the first chance for me to wash clothes at the self service laundry reportedly opposite our hotel. Staying for two days...

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Apr 27, 2013 - Colditz Castle

Poor old Peter, the temperature dropped forty degrees overnight and it started raining. It rained all morning and we spent the morning in Elsie waiting for a break. Peter had a sleepless night and ended up staying another day alongside us. The rain did ease off lunch time and we decided to walk through the woods into Colditz, about one and a half miles. We came out near Colditz castle the famous wartime prisoner of war camp. I wanted to visit the castle as back in 1999 my brother-in-law, Jack, had made two 1/3rd scale replicas of the glider...

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TRAVELS WITH ELSIE

Apr 26, 2013 - Off To Colditz

Time to move on so today we upped sticks and headed back to Colditz in Germany. After filling the water tank, emptying the waste water tank and filling Elsie up with diesel we headed North. A minor navigation problem sent us heading towards Krakow instead of Katovice and added about ten miles to our trip today which was our longest leg so far at 370 miles. It was motorway nearly all the way so easy cruising apart from the first and last twenty miles. It was good to see the temperature outside rising steadily up to eighty degrees, nice at...

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TRAVELS WITH ELSIE

Sep 28, 2012 - First full day

I am now taking some time for me, and today off on a longer train journey. before heading to Hauptbahnhof, i drop the flowrs off at DB tower for carolin to say Thank You for previous 2 days Jeff at work has a great passion for Dresden, so that's my first point of call, the train I am on is Loco Hauled formed for Austrian stock ona Hamburg Villach service via Prague. I settle into a compartment, but soon joined by a Thai couple, as always very polite, even asking if I made that they eat as they had just got a plane, we had a chat en route,...

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Berlin and more

Sep 22, 2012 - Dresden GERMANY

On the Friday we made our way by train (again..... ask me anything about the German rail network and I can probably tell you!) to Dresden to visit my cousin Jürgen and his wife Kerstin. I was blown away by Dresden. It's such a beautiful city and has a wonderful vibe to it. I felt immediately at home here. Dresden is on the Elbe river which starts in Czech and finishes in Hamburg in the far north (in fact we went with a ferry on the Elbe while we were in Hamburg). On our first night Jürgen and Kerstin took us for a walk along the Elbe, over...

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Jul 27, 2012 - Dresden

Friday 27/7/12 Dresden 20ks riding It was an easy ride on cycle paths down hill to the city centre. We were the only ones for the English speaking tour with Susann. She is a history and art graduate and apart from telling us the “history” of the architecture, she gave a really great impression of how everyday life for the common person was like through the ages, and especially in the communist years. Susann was 9yrs old when the wall came down and how her life changed with reunification. From photos we could see how Dresden was obliterated...

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Jul 26, 2012 - Dresden

Thursday 26/7/12 Dresden Felt lazy with the heat, but it was too hot to stay in the tent for a lie in. Peter talked with the cyclists ( a couple in their 60’s) in the tent next door, about their Ortlieb panniers. The guy couldn’t fault them, (he had Ortlieb everthing) and told us there was a big outdoors/equipment store ”Globe trotters” in the city. We rode the bus into the city and walked through the new shopping centre. Lots of familiar brand names and sales galore, very tempting. Globetrotters is a huge 4 level store, and would have just...

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