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    • Day 296

      Tschüss Rüdiger 🥺🥲❤️

      March 28, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Wir hatten eine unglaublich schöne Zeit mit dir und du hast uns auf unserer Reise nie im Stich gelassen. Jetzt erfreut sich eine junge, sehr nette, Familie an ihm und er wird weiter viel von der Welt sehen. Den Namen wollen Sie beibehalten.

      Danke für ALLES lieber Rüdiger. Wir werden dich vermissen ❤️
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      Traveler  Das gute Stück…🥲

    • Day 11

      ....auf Abwegen

      June 14, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Es gibt Tage an denen möchte man nicht mit dieser großen Kiste von Wohnmobil unterwegs sein. Heute war so einer......

      Nachdem meine Brille repariert war ging die gemütliche Fahrt über die Autobahn und später die Hunsrück Höhenstraße in Richtung Koblenz bevor der Abzweig Richtung Wiesbaden/Mainz kam. Leider hat unser Navi die Adresse der Loreley nicht gefunden und wir hatten nur die ungefähre Richtung. Kein Problem, wird schon angeschrieben sein.....

      In St. Goar ging es mit der Fähre über den Rhein und dann stieg das Navi aus, einmal falsch abgebogen und es ging eine endlose schmale Straße den Berg rauf ohne Möglichkeit zu wenden oder anzuhalten. Als wir endlich umdrehen konnten schickte uns das Navi über einige schmale Gässchen mit Serpentinen bis wir endlich wieder auf dem richtigen Weg waren und mit 30 Minuten Verspätung auf der Loreley ankamen. Es war schon nach 13:00 Uhr deshalb erst mal eine Kleinigkeit zum Essen.

      Der Weg zur Lore-Ley war nicht weit aber es war schon ordentlich heiß geworden. Der Bick ins Mittelrheintal war sehr schön, den Abstieg zur Loreley Statue haben wir bei der Hitze weggelassen.

      Auf dem Weg nach Mainz wollten wir noch kurz die Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim besichtigen, das war aber nichts besonderes...... man hat ja immer so seine Vorstellungen.

      Auf den letzten Kilometern am Rhein entlang noch schnell Erdbeeren 🍓 und Kirschen 🍒 gekauft und schon war unser Stellplatz an der Uni in Mainz erreicht.
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      Traveler  Ach Mensch, das tut uns leid, daß die Fahrerei so anstrengend war!


      Traveler  Puuhh! Das wäre für mich auch eine ziemliche Stresssituation gewesen... Grüße Moni

    • Day 2

      A most frustrating travel day!

      August 16 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

      Oh my! What a day! My flight from DC arriving 2 hours late really threw a wrench in my plans. I’d intended to go to Heidelberg today, but I just didn’t have enough time. So, I bought a ticket to go into Frankfurt - but the Germans aren’t big on multi-lingual signage, so I got on the wrong train. I ended up in Mainz, the home of Johannes Gutenberg. I toured the cathedral and the Gutenberg-Museum. With a lot of difficulty in buying a return train ticket (even the Germans were having trouble with the machines!), I made it back to the airport following a train delay. My flight from Frankfurt to Paris boarded on time, but apparently thanks to late arriving luggage we left about 45 minutes late. The AC kept turning off and the plane was full of kids and people with an averse reaction to deodorant. For two hours done kid kicked the back of my seat while others screamed at the top of their lungs. Due to the late arrival, I missed the last train from CDG to Reims. So now I had to find a different method to get to Gare de l’Est and then to Reims. The bus just never came - so I called an Uber - despite the 50€ price tag. We got caught in awful traffic, and it looked like I wouldn’t make my 8:58 pm train. But Uber Steve drove like hell and got me there with 8 minutes to spare. My platform was the next to last, of course. Fortunate, the train (like everything else over the last 2 days!) was delayed, so a bit of breathing room. I’m on my way to Reims now - late, tired, stressed. But I’m going to make it at least! Sipping champagne tomorrowRead more

      Traveler  Are those mini books?


      Traveler  Oh, cute


      Traveler  Hahahahaha


      MainelyStina  Yeah, from the Gutenberg museum. I think that’s a 1¢ (or whatever it is here) coin for scale

    • Day 3

      Day 1 Flying and Frankfurt

      September 1 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      After a leisurely start to the day with casual packing followed by a bit of panic and quick packing we were off. John drove us to Auckland airport and we were there at 3.30 for our flight leaving at 8.30. Maybe Trisha will be a good influence on me? Security was no issue except for Trisha leaving her money belt on and needing to be checked by Hayley who happened to be on duty.

      We had booked 2 aisle seats next to each other and it was great for us to have a spare seat each next to us for our first 17 hour flight. Unfortunately the girl 2 seats away was really sick, coughing and looking like death warmed up for all of the flight.

      Had 3 hours in Dubai, only enough time to get off plan go to the loo find some stuff dates and then on plane for the next 6.5 hour flight. Both of us slept a bit on the plane and were feeling quite good and excited when we touched down in Europe - first time for Trisha.

      I had made a contact with a lady through a fb group called host a sister and arranged for her to meet us at the airport. She had mixed her days up so wasn’t there, but lived close and we had nowhere else to go so just waited for her. Golly that was such a great plan. Frankfurt airport has been undergoing alterations and my plan of knowing where to catch the train would not have worked well as we had to catch a shuttle bus first. We would have worked it out I’m sure but it was so much easier not having to.

      So we took a train into Frankfurt, found our accomodation which is in the city centre. Very basic with 2 beds in a room with shard shower toilets and laundry and a small lounge area. $110 for the night so was perfect.

      So dropped bags and put shorts on because we were both really hot. It was about 18 degrees but NZ has been a bit colder than that recently.

      We walked around the old town went through a market with yummy fruit and veges, cheese, meat etc. I bought 2 granidilla and was very excited to see them there. Unfortunately 1 wasn’t nice and the other had just the hint of the yummyness of the ones I had tried in South America. There was a bit of a loud drunken crowdin the old square and the police were there on horseback to monitor the situation. We just walked around the other way and by the time we got back they had dispersed.

      We went into many bakeries, and chocolate shops just enjoying the great sights and smells. I think both have ideas about what we can eat tomorrow. The last lunch on the plane was very substantial with a main meal as well as profiteroles, chees and crackers, bread roll, and a quinoa salad. So we didnt think we needed to eat for a while. Walked over the bridge which was pretty cool and then we both hit the wall. I think we had done pretty well though. Had intended to do a walking tour tomorrow but Martina was probably better than that. She is a lovely lady who used to work at the airport and if people were stranded she would offer them a couch in her small apartment. So then went to a ALdi supermarket got some raspberries, blueberries and chocolate - priorities sorted! Then found a really nice salad type place for dinner.

      Then back to apartment where we crashed. Didn’t even manage to have a shower. So that was 8pm and I had hoped for a good sleep. Which I did have until 1am. Trisha woke up at 3am so I took iPad out to lounge to type this blog and hopefully will be able to go back for a bit more sleep now. I have been feeling ok, but still coughing a bit.
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    • Day 11

      Germany: Mainz and Bechtolstein

      July 4 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F


      We both think this will end up being one of our favorite days of the trip. Steve drove us to the city of Mainz to visit beautiful churches and have a really delicious Italian lunch. Then we walked from his village of Gau-Odernheim to Bechtolstein, the next village, for wine tasting at a winery and a lovely dinner in the courtyard of friends of Steve and Franziska’s. It was a beautiful day with nature, friends, and off-the-beaten-path sightseeing - we loved it.

      1. and 2. The German Baroque Augustiner Kirche in Mainz
      3. In Mainz - built in 1450!
      4. and 5. The elaborate Romanesque main cathedral in Mainz
      6. and 7. St. Stephen’s Church with windows by Chagall. Fascinating and sad to see the photos of this church as it looked after WWII. Lovely restoration!
      8. and 9. From the idyllic walk to Becholstein
      10. I rode Franziska’s bicycle back to their house after dinner. So fun to ride through the vineyards in the late light (after 10pm) by myself.
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      Traveler  Love the stain glass 🥰

    • Day 12

      Mit dem zweiten ✌️ sieht man besser

      June 15, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Heute ging es nach einer warmen Nacht sehr früh aus dem Bett. Um 09:30 Uhr wollten wir auf dem Mainzer Lerchenberg sein um an einer Führung beim ZDF teilzunehmen.

      Wir fuhren mit der Straßenbahn und eine Schulklasse nahm auch an der kostenlosen Führung teil. Vor der Führung konnte man Bilder mit Christian Sievers im "Heute Journal Studio" machen. Leider nur als Fake und nicht in Echt.

      Dann ging die Führung los und wir sahen die 3 großen Studios in denen z.B. das Aktuelle Sportstudio, das Mittagsmagazin oder das Auslandsjournal produziert werden. Umheimlich viel Technik, hauptsächlich z.B. Strahler a' 20.000 € die alles gut ausleuchten und natürlich die Kameras 📷 . Es wurde der Auf- und Umbau der Requisiten erklärt und was sonst noch so gebraucht wird z.B. die Maske.

      Im Fernsehgarten sehen wir schon die Requisite für die Sendung am Sonntag. Das ganze Grundstück ist riesig ca. ein Quadratkilometer groß und es arbeiten 3000 Mitarbeiter hier. Gleich nebenan sitzt z.B. 3sat.
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    • Day 11


      July 4 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

      Tuesday has been the highlight of the trip, so far! Wandering through Mainz, amazing Italian food, lots of German wine, and making new friends!

      I will just add a few more pics for your viewing pleasure. BTW, that is a Camino shell in picture #4 (Jacobsweg)!Read more

      Traveler  🤎

    • Day 7

      Easter, sun and beach

      April 6 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Getting ready for Easter in Wells we baked cookies, colored eggs, cooked and drunk
      beer 🍺.

      One accident nearly ruined the chilled atmosphere: Aisha brutally fell from her scooter and literally smashed her tiny face on the very stony floor just while i was filming her🙈.
      A dramatic scene with me running with her screaming in my arms and a bleeding face followed. Two (nearly-uni-)-corns , a big starlike strep-Stich and a mild concussion after we calmed down.
      ⭐️big shock and shame on us letting them drive without a helmet! Lesson learned here!⭐️

      Propper Tee-Time at Mimi’s house Saturday before Easter made everyone happy and our belly’s expand!

      Easter in Wells Next-the-sea has been sunny and warm like last year! Completely unexpected and different then forecasted the sun was bright warmed and cheered us up all day long.

      After finding all the surprises the “Osterhase” left this year (Harry Potter 1. special edition, bred-knifes (for Boodi) and many other treasures), we enjoyed the day on the beach.
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    • Day 18

      St. Stephen's Church, Mainz

      April 11 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      We did make sure to visit St. Stephan zu Mainz, a gothic church known for its windows created by Marc Chagall.

      St. Stephan was originally built in 990 and the current church building dates from the late medieval era; construction of the main area of the church began in about 1267 and was completed in 1340. St. Stephan is the oldest Gothic Hall church in the Upper Rhine district, and is (besides Mainz Cathedral) the most important church in the city of Mainz.

      The Chagall choir windows in St. Stephan are unique in Germany. Between 1978 and his death in 1985, Belorussian Jewish artist, Marc Chagall created nine stained-glass windows of scriptural figures in luminous blue. The figures depict scenes from the Old Testament. Chagall intended his work to be a contribution to Jewish-German reconciliation, made all the more poignant by the fact that Chagall himself fled France under Nazi occupation. Chagall's work has been continued after his death by his pupil Charles Marq and by others.

      Walking into this church is such a unique experience after the many, many churches we have visited before. The glow through the blue stained glass windows gives the interior a very calming feel. There is not a lot of adornment as the stained glass windows are the highlight. They are stunning and interesting and awe-inspiring. We were so glad we made the detour to visit this church as from the outside, it is nothing spectacular. What a wonderful surprise.
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    • Day 18

      Schillerplatz, Mainz

      April 11 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      After exploring the church we made our way to Schillerplatz, one of the most beautiful squares in Mainz. Surrounded by protected buildings and small oasis of green, it features a statue of Friedrich Schiller (German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright) that was erected in 1862, and Fasnachtsbrunnen, the Mainz Carnival fountain.

      The Mainz Carnival (Fasching) Fountain was erected in 1967.  Created by Blasius Spreng, the nine metre high bronze fountain has more than 200 figures on it. Fasching is known as the "Fifth Season", and it begins each year on 11 November at 11:11 a.m. at the Fasching Fountain, and finishes on Ash Wednesday with the main festivities happening around Rosenmontag.

      The fountain is fascinating, with so many different figures to look at and admire and with water shooting out from so many different places, it is a very interesting centrepiece. We decided to sit in the square and enjoy a drink while admiring the fountain, before hitting the road again for Cochem.

      Mainz is a town I wish I knew more about when planning this trip as I would have made sure we had a couple of days to really enjoy it.
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