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Jul 13, 2014 - Quedlinburg

It was hard getting started this morning since we were up so late the night before with our host family. Thankfully both girls slept in until 9 am giving us a little more sleep. Zenobia, though, had a rough night for her teeth were bothering her again. So poor Stephanie was up more often as well. Today's Sunday agenda was a light one: to visit the town of Quedlinburg. After a light breakfast to tie us over, we drove the 45 minutes to the town. Quedlinburg boasts that it has more half-timber houses than any town in Germany and is a UNESCO...

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Jul 11, 2014 - The Mysterious Brocken

Although today's itinerary was originally planned for Saturday, we decided to move it up a day for the weather was expected to be better today to do the major attraction of the Hartz mountains: taking the narrow-gauge steam train up to the top of Mt. Brocken, which is famous for its legends and mysteries. We had to get all of us up early today for we had an hour drive to Wernigerode to catch the 8:50 am train. We wanted to give ourselves enough time to make it there and to the train station and our goal was to leave by 7:30 am. Despite...

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Jul 9, 2014 - Caves and Monks

It is a couple of minutes after 10 pm and the World Cup semi-final match between the Netherlands and Argentina just began. Izabella is having a snack of salami and left-overs from her lunch. You may wonder why she is still awake past 10 pm, well, when Stephanie and I discussed the game last night with Germany annihilating Brazil 7 to 1, Izabella was very upset that she missed the game and hasn't seen soccer in a while. She then asked if she is good all day if she can stay up to watch the game tonight. We agreed and she held—for 95% of the...

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Jul 8, 2014 - Thale

It is 11 minutes past 10 pm and Germany's Muller just kicked in a goal in the World Cup Semi-finals game against Brazil. Thankfully, both girls have been asleep for about an hour. We had a hard time getting them to bed today, despite both of them needing their sleep. We are at the flat in Zorge, enjoying some beers and watching the game on the television. It is too bad that the games are so late on television here for in every town at every biergarten there are “public viewings” offered, but we know that it would be impossible with the...

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Nov 12, 2013 - Wernigerode / Brocken

The day started by watching the first departure from the steam railway, but my plan was to explore Wernigerode, it's a delightful town, a chocolate box picture of what a German town looks like in a way with its wooden fronted houses and shops, all painted, I headed up to the castle which stands guard over the town, and the stiff climb through the park brings me to the doors, and a view that over looks the whole town and the valley, the sky is as clear as anything, I can also see the top of the Brocken, no fog today, as I take in the view I...

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Nov 11, 2013 - Birthday up the Brocken

I always try and do something to celebrate by Birthday, this trip of course is planned around this, you did not expect expect anything to change now did you. I travelled yesterday from down the south up country to the Harz Mountains, to the lovely town of Wernigerode, the reason for this is shown in the pictures, the Harz Schmalspur Bahnen (Harz Railway) which operates trains over the whole valley and mainly by steam train. The most famous line is the Brocken Railway climbing to over 3000 basil it's a tough climb for these locomotives. My...

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Nov 11, 2013 - Harz Railway

So.... This trip to this railway has been planned for quite a long time, but for a variety of reasons, some of my own doing, it's never happened, so to actually be here, is very exciting, and dare I say some butterflies in tummy, which is silly as this is where I want to be.The sky is clear, but the weather up top could be very different. I can see the steam locomotive for my train from my bedroom window(see pics and yes my room is that close. When I get to the station it's not not coupled to the train, but soon to departure time the...

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Nov 11, 2013 - Perfekte Gerburtstag

My birthday ended with a meal in the hotel restaurant, my table was next to the window, so I could see the arrivals and departures of both the mInline, and the steam railway,. It has become tradition that I normally have steak on my birthday, tonight was no exception, but there is a difference. The restaurant has a model railway and my large glass or red wine arrived on said train, as did the next! The steak was perfect, and even treated myself to desert, of hot blueberries, with ice cream and of course that arrived by train, as did the...

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Nov 10, 2013 - Down the valley

Hildersheim what a curious place the station is sparse, but an important junction for lines, a quick snack and coffee to fill the time and a diesel unit shudders to a stand to take me to the next part of the journey my last leg today down the valley to Wernigerode. My hotel is exactly what I wanted........

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Sep 20, 2012 - Schöningen & Hötensleben GERMANY

Today was a special day. We drove about 45 mins out of Braunschweig to a little town called Schöningen to see my Tante Hortense. She prepared a beautiful lunch for us. After lunch, we drove a further 15 mins to reach my mother's home town of Hötensleben. This is an historic place because it was a town right on the border of the former East and West sides of Germany. In fact, the wall was at the end of my mother's street, about 50 metres away. The wall ran alongside the town and watch towers were stationed along it from which guards shot at...

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Jun 6, 2010 - Rothenburg, Germany

Where do I start? There is so much to say about this trip. I guess I will just start at the beginning. I am currently serving the fine taxpayers of the U.S. by working in Kuwait and Iraq. This is a trip that I will not be adding to our trip journal. My deployment did offer me the chance to go to Germany for a few days and I will tell about that. My trip started with a late night trip to the Baghdad Airport and then a six hour flight to Frankfurt, Germany. We (military group) arrived around 0530hrs. Sauncee and one of the other wives were...

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Apr 3, 2010 - Dessau, Germany

First of all an apology. We have very few pictures of the Worlitz Gardens. My (Hank) fault. Ran out of batteries for the camera. That's why I never made it in Boy Scouts - not prepared. Okay, onward now. Our ship has now made its way to Dessau but that is not where we are touring. Instead, we hopped on a coach for a short ride to the Worlitz Gardens. These are actually English-style gardens plopped in Germany. Now how can that be? Here’s how. In the past, it was common for European princes to make what was known as a Grand Tour of Europe...

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