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  • Day27

    on the River

    September 16, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    So all six of us headed out of St Goar...
    We got a couple of kms out and Berns bike continued making its funny clunking noise, so the Parrotts headed back with Bern (to see Richard the bike shop guy), and Illy and I continued on.
    Today was much cooler (cloudy), and so made for nice riding. We got some lovely scenery todayRead more

  • Day37

    Mayen

    August 2, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Heading back towards Koblenz we were confronted by two closed roads, so after following the 'Umleitung' for each we finally arrived in Mayen significantly later than we'd planned.

    We believe stopover used to be beside a park but in the park's place was a the base for a tarmaccing company, with lorries shifting gravel until quite late. Not to worry, it wasn't that noisy and after the drive we were glad of the rest.

    Waking up to rain the next morning we shouldered our rainbow coloured umbrellas and wandered around town. Mayen is yet another place with a beautiful town square and interesting looking churches. We picked up some fruit from an extremely cheerful market seller and a few other bits and bobs that were on our shopping list. Two of the people we bought things from asked whether we were Dutch! Will's German is improving to the point he can understand much of what people say to him and even Vicky is getting more confident asking for things.
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  • Day37

    Bendorf

    August 2, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    After passing through Koblenz and reacquainting ourselves with the Mosel and Rhein as well as some of the city's stunning old buildings, we visited a Halfords type store where we bought an aluminium warning plate for the back of the bike rack. We'd had our eyes open for one for a while as they are required in our winter destination of Italy. The store in Mayen had told us their branch near Koblenz had one but we were still relieved when the assistant re-emerged from the stock room brandishing it.

    The first stopover we travelled to in Vallendar couldn't be accessed as it was on the other side of a low railway bridge, the second didn't have much grass for our Poppy dog and Vicky noticed broken glass on the spot Poppy had chosen to squat on so we moved on and found a stopover signed nearby. It had no services but it was free and quiet, with overgrown areas providing grass. Trees grew within and around it so we were happy.
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  • Day2

    2.Tag

    June 8, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌬 15 °C

    Kaffe ans Bett, was will Frau noch mehr? 😱😍
    Melina tischt ein Frühstück auf, da gibts über 5 ⭐, lecker..
    Nach einem Spaziergang im Park von Bendorf, verweilten wir im Schmetterlingsgarten.
    Nun heissts ready machen für die Stadt, Koblenz wir kommen😍
    Zuerst ins Alex auf den späten z'Mittag, dann gehts zum Deutscheneck an die Bierbörse.
    Traum für alle Bierliebhaber😍
    Schweizerbier war sehr schlecht vertreten, wir machten uns an ein Hawaianisches😃 Hat Bierig geschmeckt🤣🤣
    Bei Remos gabs einen leckeren z'Nacht und den Nachtisch in einer Gelateria.
    Jetzt den Abend noch chillig auf dem Sofa ausklingen lassen, damit wir morgen fit sind für die fahrt nach Belgien🇧🇪
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  • Day28

    And er Nach

    September 17, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    So all 6 cycled out to find Rhine again...
    Through to Andernach which had some ruins about town.
    Today was overcast, and quite cool (I considered a jacket for a few minutes this morning)

  • Day20

    No eau in Cologne

    September 30, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    While we were all tucked up in bed the ship was sailing from Utrecht to Cologne, arriving about the time that we were waking up. The really good news was that for the first time since we'd left Spain the weather was dry.

    The ship berthed practically in the centre of the city, so our guide collected us directly from the ship for the leisurely walk through historical Cologne. Its most famous landmark of course is the cathedral, and we headed off in that direction.

    To put it bluntly, we were somwhat disappointed by Cologne. It had had to be totally rebuilt after the war, but it wasn't done very well, particularly when compared to other cities which were rebuilt in ways which were far more sympathetic to their history. Certainly there are some attractive old buildings but they are generally surrounded by other buildings which are more modern and totally unattractive. Even the cathedral itself is hemmed in by an ugly museum of Roman history and various other nondescript structures.

    True, it is a world heritage listed building with a history going back to the 13th century. It's also huge, being the tallest twin spire cathedral and the third tallest cathedral of any type in the world. However the building looked rather grey and dirty over most of its stone walls, giving the impression that it needed a good pressure clean. In reality it isn't that simple, and there is quite a bit of major restoration work being done continuously to the exterior.

    We then went inside, and that was impressive. That's where we could gain an appreciation of the size of the building and admire its many stained glass windows. From there we wandered through the old town square and on to a brewery where we were treated to an "authentic " German experience. There were some light snacks laid out and, as part of the deal, those of us who wanted them were served two glasses of beer. Unlike the famous steins of Munich and elsewhere these glasses were only 200ml. Not much chance of anyone getting drunk. While we were onshore, our ship was sailing from Cologne to Bonn, so we were shepherded onto buses for the 30 minute drive to the ship.

    Throughout the trip so far we have been highly impressed by the smooth organisation and by the precision with which everything takes place. Our buses arrived in Bonn exactly as the ship was berthing.

    As mentioned, we felt that Cologne wasn't an especially attractive place, particularly when compared with other cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Toledo and Madrid which we have visited recently.

    However, the day was to look up considerably. Back on the ship and after lunch the wind dropped and the sun began to shine. Furthermore we were just entering the most interesting stretch of the Rhine, so it was a great opportunity to get out on to the deck and start taking photos of the passing scenery of castles, churches and very attractive small towns.

    Dinner this night wasn't on board ship but instead was at a real live castle and hosted by a real live princess. Not that we were too overawed by the latter, since Europe is filled with faded royalty. Nonetheless, the grandly titled Princess Luise Dorothea von Hohenzollern-Namedy turned out to be a very charming lady and she welcomed us all in a long and gracious speech. We then had a free run of the grounds and most of the rooms of Schloss Burg Namedy . To pay for what must be the very expensive upkeep of the castle and grounds it is now run as a reception centre. We had exclusive use of it for a very pleasant dinner in the large reception hall.

    The Princess and her late husband's family are great sponsors of classical music and opera, and the evening concluded with a short recital on the grand piano given by an up and coming expatriate Australian pianist Robbin Reza.

    After that, it was all aboard the buses for the 15 minute drive back to our ship.
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  • Day9

    Namendy Castle

    July 8, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    A night to remember
    Castle sightseeing
    Only entree served,dinner cancelled
    People puking
    Lady escorted to hospital by chopper( see pic)
    Coco looking astoundingly beautiful
    Back to ship
    All confined to cabins
    Tomorrow may be interesting
    Pops
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  • Day2

    Geysier Zentrum

    May 25, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    So von hier gehts mit dem Schiff 15 Minuten über den Rhein und zum Naturschutzgebiet, wo der Geysier ca alle 2 Stunden ausbricht.
    Danach zurück zum Zentrum um noch ein wenig Wissenwertes zu Erfahren.

    Dann gehts zurück zum Hotel - jetzt haben wir uns die Entspannung in der Sauna auch verdient.

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