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  • Day10

    Day 10: Nürnberg

    July 18, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After a night on a couch that feels like the Queen of England's bed, we get ready and have breakfast with Silvia, sharing hilarious anecdotes (she is really funny). Today, we will ride our bikes around a park with a lake, and have our picnic/dîner (at a Québecois time) with her.

    Nuremberg's bike lanes are really well-organized and drivers here are very patient with bikers, so our way there is really enjoyable. We check out the horrible and cold architecture of the buildings that used to be the wonders of the Nazi madness- and that now are nothing but forgotten stones next to a lake where duck families swim alien to human nature.

    We enjoy our meal in the park, and after that we head to the city centre again, where we walk around during our last hours in the city.
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  • Day9

    Day 9: Nürnberg

    July 17, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Notre modeste expédition hispano-canadienne envisage aujourd'hui arriver à Nürnberg vers 15h. Pour cela on devra se réveiller vraiment tôt (vers 5h45). Cependant, par des raisons liés au terrain ou notre tente se localise je ne pourrai pas avoir un sommeil décent- et cela pèse sur le mood du binôme pendant la journée, car je suis de loin le plus festif des deux. En allant vers la gare, on croit voir un bébé scorpion.

    Malgré ça, Amé est vraiment douée pour trouver des trucs qui peuvent remonter mon état d'esprit. Après de prendre un train qui peut parfaitement contribuer au 25% des émissions de CO2 globales, elle prend l'initiative pour nous conduire jusqu'à un café à Jesenice (Slovenie) où tout coûte vraiment peu et le café est vraiment bon. On a l'impression qu'au delà de ce merveilleux endroit il y a peu de trucs qui se passent dans cette ville.

    Avec un peu de retard, on arrive dans cette ville allemande qui nous plaît beaucoup dès le premier moment. On rencontre notre host de couchsurfing (la fantastique Silvia) et on passe la soirée en connaissant les trucs plus typiques de la culture bavaroise: histoire de goûter les glaces, bières et saucisses locales. Avec les anecdotes superbes de Silvia (Amé est tellement bouleversée par elles qu'elle percute une lampadaire sans se rendre compte) on termine cette longue journée assez crevés.
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  • Day1214

    Germany - Nuremberg

    July 9, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Came here as I found a cheap Ryanair flight from Poland on a whim really! So glad I came here, bit of an unknown gem this place and I wasn’t expecting much but it was so much better than I thought it would be. A medieval city built inside walls, very pretty and a lot of character and history with the Nuremberg trials! Also the best local beer I ever had was in the hostel I was staying at - it was called Schanzenbrau - Helles. Was beautiful! Would recommend here if you have a spare 3 days, it’s cheap and quiet compared to other major cities!Read more

  • Day25

    Notorious Nuremberg

    October 5, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Nuremberg's recent history is rather notorious, but the good thing is that the city doesn't shy away from its role in the period up to and including World War II.
    No leisurely lie-in this particular morning as we were due to head off at 8.15am for a tour of Nuremberg. We had another Scottish - born guide who was very pleasant, knowledgeable and informative. She is at least the third such guide we have encountered - Scottish born, long-term German resident and married with family to a local spouse. Is it a form of Scottish emigration that we were hitherto unaware of? Could it be that the Scots are always able to find better quality partners overseas? At least that's Brian's line and he is sticking to it.
    It was about a 15 minute drive to our first stop, the ruins of the giant and infamous Zeppelinfeld parade ground which was the scene of Hitler's Nazi rallies. One has to be there to really appreciate the extent of Hitler's megalomania and the scale of the buildings that he commissioned and his architect Albert Speer designed. To give an idea of size, some 700000 Nazi Party supporters attended the 6th party congress in 1934. Sufficient of the structures, including the grand platform from which Hitler harangued the party faithful, remain. One can get some idea of his megalomania by visiting this and other nearby structures, including an overscale copy of the Roman Colliseum which was never fully completed. Sheer madness.
    From there, we drove past the courthouse building where the famous Nazi war trials took place.
    We then headed to the other side of Nuremberg where our guide took us for a walk around part of the old city. It is certainly very attractive and boasts the biggest enclosed area of any walled city anywhere.
    We were then free to wander round and explore for a couple of hours. Nuremberg has a lot of interesting old buildings as well as some excellent shops. We lost a bit of time while Brian searched out a camera shop where he could get a replacement lens cap for the new camera. Camera shops are few and far between these days so we were very pleased to have found one. We could have happily spent a lot longer in Nuremberg, but unfortunately time was limited as we had to move on. One good thing was that even though it was cold the rain held off for the entire day.
    We were leaving the Main river and setting off on the Main-Danube canal which links the North Sea to the Black Sea. It is a major engineering feat, being 171 kilometres long, and has 16 giant locks. Many of the passengers, us included, spent a couple of freezing but fascinating hours on the top deck as the ship manoeuvred its way through some of these locks, which are impressive engineering structures. Three of them each have lifts of 24.7 metres, and most of them are at least 15 metres. They are 12 metres wide,. making it a tricky feat to steer our 11.5 metre long ship in there without hitting the concrete sides. We calculated that the largest of the locks required over 50000 cubic metres of water each time to fill it, equivalent to more than 1000 times the volume of our pool back home. Each lock took over half an hour to navigate. We were very lucky though because we got green lights all the way. If there are other ships either ahead of us or coming towards us then we could get delayed for a long time.
    In the afternoon a guest lecturer came on board and gave us an excellent half hour illustrated presentation about the canal and its history, which really put things in perspective.
    It seems the original canal dates back to Roman times when, obviously, it would have been dug entirely by hand. Nowadays the locks are all controlled remotely from three control rooms.
    Early in the day we were told that we'd be meeting the sister ship to the Amaverde heading in the opposite direction. Then, later, we learned that it wouldn't be happening because the other ship had had to abandon its voyage due to the low water levels in the river system. In other words we were very lucky to have made it through without us having to be offloaded and put on buses.
    After dinner we relaxed in the lounge with a couple of drinks while the on-board entertainers played and sang songs from our era. Mary made a name for herself and received many compliments for her enthusiastic singing and dancing.
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  • Day312

    Day 313: Christmas Eve in Nuremberg

    December 24, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Decided to have a minor day out today. Went out in the morning to visit the famous Christmas markets in Nuremberg, which were quite nice. Not a whole lot that I hadn't seen before, but some excellent lebkuchen (gingerbread) which was tasty, and much nicer than others I've had elsewhere in Germany. It's a specialty of the region so unsurprising I guess.

    Got a video call from the family Christmas gathering while I was wandering which was nice, good to see everyone. Though I think they were a little bit disappointed that I wasn't with Schnitzel! Bought a couple of things for Shandos as well; fancy lebkuchen and a nice card. Can't exactly buy non-consumable physical objects given our situation!

    Headed home and spent the rest of the day inside, mostly just relaxing today.
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  • Day313

    Day 314: Nuremberg Christmas

    December 25, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Christmas morning dawned, just as gloomy and overcast as every other day! Feels a little weird to just be inside all day, looking at Facebook and seeing everyone else's posts about their Christmas day while simultaneously doing nothing ourselves! Comes with the territory I guess. We traded our little gifts, consumed our consumables, but otherwise did very little all day. Obviously nothing was open, so we just stayed inside and cooked our own food.Read more

  • Day1

    Abendessen beim Italiener

    July 26, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Nach einer relativ guten Anreise mit 'nur' knapp 3 Stunden, checken wir im Hotel ein. Der Hunger treibt uns gleich gegenüber ins 'Il Rossini', wo wir uns wagenradgroße Pizzen schmecken lassen.

    Der Italiener ist kein absoluter Hochgenuss, bietet aber solide Qualität zu fairen Preisen. Passend für den Einstieg in das Bardentreffen.Read more

  • Day2

    Guten Morgen im Hotel Saxx

    July 27, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Wie schon häufiger, haben wir wieder das Hotel Saxx direkt am Hauptmarkt gebucht.

    Die Zimmer sind relativ einfach, aber sehr sauber und funktional. Obwohl das Hotel mittlerweile bei weitem nicht mehr neu ist, so sind doch nur leichte Gebrauchsspuren zu entdecken.

    Das Frühstück ist ganz gut. Die Auswahl an Speisen sollte für jeden Gaumen etwas passendes parat halten.

    Für uns ist dieses Hotel eine gute Wahl. Unser Auto stellen wir im gegenüberliegenden Parkhaus Hauptmarkt ab. Da beides preislich gleich ist, aber die Hotelgarage recht beengt. Aktuell wird gerade im Parkhaus renoviert und gebaut, aber für das Parken stellen die Bauarbeiten kein Problem dar.
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  • Day2


    July 27, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Nach dem Frühstück steht ein kleiner Stadtbummel durch die ausgedehnte Fußgängerzone Nürnbergs an.
    Wir laufen bis zur ehemaligen Mauthalle und dann die beiden Shoppingmeilen 'breite Gasse' und 'Katharinengasse' auf und ab. Nach einer kurzen Kaffeepause geht's nochmal für ein paar Minuten ins Hotel.

  • Day2

    Maxi Pongratz

    July 27, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

    Im Kreuzigungshof

    'Die Wäsche trocknet an der Sonne, die Wäsche trocknet auch am Wind, die Wäsche trocknet auch am Licht, wie schön ist das eigentlich. ... '

    Akkordeon par Excellence, alltägliche Texte.... Schade, dass wir ne gute Viertelstunde anstehen mussten, bevor wir in den Hof konnten.

    Net schlecht, der junge Mann...
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