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    • Day 6

      Haltern am See mit Landvergnügen

      May 24, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Übernachtungsplatz beim Hofladen Arentz.
      Supermoderner Hof mit Schweinezucht in modernsten Ställen. Man riecht nichtmal Schweine.
      Biogasanlage macht Strom!
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    • Day 7

      Time out...

      June 11, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      De dag begint bewolkt, gelukkig mogen we vandaag uitslapen na de zware vaardag van gisteren.
      Als we zijn uitgeslapen kunnen we onze voorraden gaan aanvullen bij Kaufland Mercaden op loopafstand, steeds kom je wel weer iemand van onze groep tegen, bijzonder grappig!
      Om 12.30 uur geeft Willy het sein voor vertrek om het tweede deel van het Wesel-Dattelnkanaal te gaan varen, nog 30 kilometer en vier sluizen.
      Het kanaal is een belangrijke verbinding tussen de Rijn en het Dortmund-Eemskanaal en wordt intensief door binnenvaartschepen bevaren, dat geeft soms nogal wat vertraging bij de sluizen.
      Wij hebben geluk en kunnen steeds met een groot vrachtschip mee schutten, inmiddels schijnt de zon dus is het genieten van de vaartocht.
      Aangekomen in Datteln leggen we aan aan een kade en houden we voor de eerste keer een steigerborrel in de zon!
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    • Day 6

      De Rijn...

      June 10, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Vandaag vervolgen we onze vaartocht over de Rijn, de rivier ontspringt in de Zwitserse Alpen en is tot de monding van de Noordzee 1320 kilometer lang.
      We vertrekken om negen uur en omdat we stroomopwaarts varen hebben we vier kilometer stroom tegen.
      We passeren Wunderland Kalkar, een nooit in gebruik genomen kerncentrale betaald met Nerlands en Duits belasting geld, sinds 1995 omgebouwd door de Nederlandse Hennie van der Most tot een enorm attractiepark en zes hotels.
      Bij het passeren van Rees zien we de beroemde 'Pegel', een waterstandmeter, schippers kunnen op de 'Pegel' de hoogte van de waterstand zien.
      In totaal varen we 60 kilometer over de Rijn tot we bij Wesel de rivier verlaten en na sluis Friederichsfeld op het Wessel-Dattelkanaal varen.
      We passeren 2 sluizen die bijzonder gemakkelijk te bedienen zijn, half zes arriveren we in Dorsten waar we aan de kade aanleggen. De lucht is steeds dreigend en rond 8 uur krijgen we een fixe regenbui.
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    • Day 11

      Hallo Deutschland ! 🇩🇪

      March 18, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

      Dernière journée à Amsterdam avant l’Allemagne !
      Au programme : visite du Quartier Rouge, de la place du Dam (ou Dam Square pour les bilingues), puis du marché aux fleurs 🌷
      On en profite également pour acheter des petits cadeaux pour les familles qui nous accueilleront pendant notre semaine d’intervention à Berlin 🎁
      Après un court repos à l’auberge, direction un petit bar restaurant pour passer notre dernière soirée avec Maryne et Bou 🍻
      Le lendemain matin, on quitte notre (super) auberge pour aller prendre notre train direction Dortmund, où nous passons 2 nuits dans un airbnb pour réviser les cours que nous allons donner la semaine prochaine 📗
      Prochaine étape : Berlin 🇩🇪
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    • Day 6

      Christmas in Germany

      December 20, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 0 °C

      We had a great 2hr train ride from Amsterdam to Duisberg.
      You know its cold when there is still frost in the paddocks at 2pm. The countryside is always beautiful along the way.
      We picked up our hire car and drove to a town near Essen (Gelsenkirchen-Horst). Once again we were welcomed by warm host and very warm apartment.
      As always, we turned the heating right down. We walked down to the shops to buy something for tea. We needed some home cooked wholesome food. It will be a early night as it was a very early morning.
      A photo to show we don't just eat pankcakes and apple pie!
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    • Day 10

      It was the day before Christmas

      December 24, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

      It is 7am over here and we are up having a coffee. Dave reading the papers back in Australia. You have to love technology. Today we are here until about 2.30pm then we head off to Viersen Dulken to spend Christmas Eve with Bernhard & Monika. We will be staying the night and returning after breakfast to spend Christmas day here. We will be going to their church, which is the largest in their area. They are Catholic churches over here. Monika will be singing in the choir. It will go for about 2hrs so it will be an interesting 2hrs not understanding anything. I haven't told the kids how long it goes for so when they read this there will be some squawks. Hopefully we can sign into their wifi to send Christmas messages otherwise it will have to be on our Christmas Day here.
      I am cooking the kids favourite meal on Christmas day. In the apartment we have a fully functional kitchen which is good. We did forget to buy a little Christmas tree from the markets. Will have to see what's around here.
      Will be thinking of you all on Christmas Day. ♡♡♡♡

      Photo 1 - Our Christmas socks we bought at the market
      Photo 2 - French Nouget from the markets (something to take to Monika & Bernhard on Christmas Eve)
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    • Day 9

      Essen Christmas Markets

      December 23, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 4 °C

      After a late night, we are all a bit slow this morning. Another stroll to the bakery to pick up rolls for breakfast and a chat to the guy who has been serving us every morning.
      We caught the train into Essen which takes about 30 minutes. Once again a heavy police presence at the entrances of the markets. The Essen Christmas Markets is represented by a lot of different countries. Even though Brodie couldn't see the point of going to another market when you just see the same things. Once again we tried a few different foods. There was always a line up for Heisser Kartoffelte which was bolognaise meat wrapped in a potato pastry then deep fried and a tomato sauce with cheese in it then poured over. Served with a salad which was nice but have no idea what it was. We shared one just to have a taste.
      For dessert we had a Bratapfel (baked apple with custard). Once again we shared one, that was a hit with everyone. We would like to stay until night to see the christmas lights, but we are always too tired. We started to head back to the train station and I found another Christmas Market much to Brodie's disgust. Most of the markets finish today but Dortmund continues after Christmas so we plan to go on the 26th, so he is really enthused about that.

      Photo 1 - Apple strudel
      Photo 2 - Heisser Kartoffelte
      Photo 3 - Bratapfel
      Photo 4 - Brodie enjoying the Christmas Markets
      Photo 5 & 6 Christmas Markets
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    • Day 11

      Christmas Day in Germany

      December 25, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      We had breakfast at Viersen Dulken and once again Monika made us a few Christmas breakfast traditions. A bread in shape of man called weckmann bread and then christstollen, a sweet fruit bread with a ribbon of marzipan through it and of course, boiled eggs. We were lucky to be able to share Christmas with friends. After breakfast we drove back to our apartment and we opened our presents. Then we spent the afternoon playing family games using our phones and had lots of laughs but it's still strange to think it's Christmas Day. For our Christmas tea I cooked chicken involtini and apple crumble. All turned out well considering I had to remember the chicken recipe and finding the same ingredients over here. We are now fat and full so I suppose that's about the usual for Christmas Day. It was a drizzly day here and reached about 9 degrees. We did miss you all, but wouldn't change the experience we had.

      Photo 1 - Breakfast
      Photo 2 - Our Christmas tree
      Photo 3 - Brodie handing out the presents
      Photo 4 - Opening presents
      Photo 5 - Christmas tea
      Photo 6 - Dessert
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    • Day 7

      Brass Monkey Weather

      December 21, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 4 °C

      We awoke to a very frosty morning. Dave & I walked down to the bakery to pick up some fresh rolls for breakfast. You really can't beat Germany's bakeries; their fresh breakfast rolls are delicious. We decided to head to Dusseldorf to look at their Christmas Markets. We caught a train as it's easier than finding a park. The forecast was for rain or snow. Well it did neither but it was so so cold, by far our coldest day. Well every second stall was either food or Gluwein. There was 7 Christmas markets around the town. I think we did a pretty good job of seeing all of them. Well my feet think we did. There was a very strong police presence around the markets. Dave had his photo taken with a couple of them.
      We were going to call into the Essen Christmas Markets but we were too tired and cold.
      We are still struggling with the time zone. It is dark by 5pm and your body is telling you it is 9pm. Then it is so dark in the morning you just don't have any concept of time. I will never whinge about our time zone or daylight savings again.

      Photo 1 - Ice on our car
      Photo 2 - Ice at the train stop
      Photo 3 - Reibekuchen (deep fried potato cakes served with apple sauce or garlic sauce)
      Photo 4 - kids happy they found dunkin donuts
      Photo 5 - shop front of a bakery
      Photo 6 - Duesseldorf
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    • Day 9

      Afternoon with friends

      December 23, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

      We drove to Viersen Dulken which is 1 hour away from us. Stressful drive for me, Germany has a very different style of driving. Dave does really well, we are thankful for the sat-nav we couldn't image trying to navigate through the autobahns with a paper map. I know I would spit the dummy and be on the side of the road. We did get done with the speed camera again! The Germans don't obey speed signs if there is any but they do know where the speed cameras are and then they slow down, us australian dumb bunnies don't. Lesson learnt: if all of sudden they aren't flying past you there is a camera coming up.
      It was lovely to catch up with the family, we walked in and it was like we had never left. We had good German coffee and Monika had baked their traditional Christmas biscuits. Which the kids want the recipes for. Kellie went off with Magdalena to her friend's house where they did their Kris Kringle, played games and ate biscuits. They have an American exchange student at the school. So Kellie had someone who spoke English and translated for her. They all learn and speak limited English but often the translation gets a bit confusing. With Magdelena I forget that you have to speak in simple terms not our slang. She didn't understand 'there were people rocking up'. I had to rephrase and say people arriving. The three girls went to an outdoor skating rink where they taught Kellie to ice skate. They had lots of fun and Kellie had a few falls but did get the hang of it.
      Brodie went to a clip and climb with Julian and then on to Laser tag. Both places did an English version of the instructions for him. He worked up a bit of a sweat at both places. He really enjoyed the laser tag.
      We sat and chatted with Bernhard and Monika and found out we won't be able to catch up with Mr & Mrs Kunz as their daughter is in hospital. After we picked up the boys we had soup and fresh rolls. Monika made her family soup recipe, leek and cheese with mincemeat through it. It was delicious, I would like that recipe too. Bernhard took Dave & I down to a small pub to sample the Traditional Christmas drink 'Gluwein'. A spiced warm red wine. It certainly warms you up. A stroll back then off to pick the girls up. Then we drove back to Gelsenkirchen-Horst. It was a lovely day catching up and sampling some of their Christmas traditions.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Kreis Recklinghausen, Distrikto Recklinghausen, Distrito de Recklinghausen, Recklinghausenin piirikunta, Arrondissement de Recklinghausen, Circondario di Recklinghausen, Powiat Recklinghausen, رکلنگھاؤزن, Districtul Recklinghausen, 雷克林豪森县

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