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Regierungsbezirk Kassel

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  • Day290

    Day 291: Bergpark Wilhelmshohe

    December 2, 2017 in Germany

    Time to go and visit the World Heritage site here, the only reason we actually came to town! It's a huge park area on the edge of town, known as Bergpark Wilhelmshohe, or literally "Mountain Park". It's a moderate-sized English garden park on the side of a mountain, decorated with some interesting follies to see.

    Headed out and grabbed some supermarket croissants for breakfast, then walked the 20 minutes over to the park entrance. Very cold, hovering around zero, but thankfully it at least wasn't snowing - though there was plenty piled around on the ground.

    The one problem with a mountain-side park is that it tends to require a lot of hill climbing. A lot, as it turned out. We wandered around for a while looking at the various objects, including a fake ruined castle, a fake ruined aqueduct, several ponds and waterfalls, a replica bridge of somewhere in Switzerland, and on top of everything at the peak of the park - a 5 metre statue of Hercules. Standing on a 30 metre pyramid, atop a 40 metre octagonal building. Very strange, but very impressive.

    This whole area has huge water features as it runs downhill (reckoned to be among the most impressive in Europe), but sadly they only run twice a week and only during the summer. So we definitely weren't going to see anything, but even the non-flowing features looked impressive; it's tempting to come back when the features are operational!

    By mid-afternoon we were done, so we grabbed a quick hot chocolate in the cafe and then headed back to the hotel on the tram rather than walking. Spent the rest of the day in our hotel room, aside from venturing out briefly to grab a currywurst for dinner.
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  • Day1

    Speyer and Heidelberg

    April 2 in Germany

    Docked at Speyer and since it was Easter Sunday the guide led us to the Speyer Dom, which the world’s largest surviving Romanesque Church. Beautiful structure out of pink sandstone with unique crypts of German Kings and Queens. The carrolan rang for 10 minutes as the choir, congregation and church clergy arrived. After some photos we moved onto the Technik Museum with all kinds of transportation examples, like old cars,, airplanes, trains, etc.

    On to Heidelberg and a long drive up the hill to the Heidelberg Castle and the town of Heidelberg- more later.
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  • Day41

    Dresden

    June 4, 2016 in Germany

    Dresden
    Arrived after a very long bus trip at 6:25 am. Dusseldorf train went fine but the us was late(25 min) & it didn't stop in its allotted place so we had to race for it. Then the drivers wouldn't let us take our day packs on board- I unloaded food, iPad , phone in black purse& S brought the water bottles. After we saw others with bags bigger on board. How annoying. Not much sleep. Early walk around, found hotel& left big bags. Had breakfast in a cafe attached to the Hilton.so toilets were free. Went to markets - all pottery& bought 2 small things then raced for our boat trip- 2+ hours. Very pleasant with a local beer.
    Musical festival on today/ night so I think dinner will be taken care of.
    After a nap and shower we headed off for something to do- S was keen to go to the Grosse Garden. This was quite a walk but worth the effort. Lovely huge trees around grassy areas and a palace where a wedding was occurring. There was a large fountain of course in a long rectangular pool , a huge double driveway leading to the palace from the road. We wandered further and in the garden 2 small trains ran. A cafe also was there & we ate spicy chicken wings & not so nice fish n chips with a drink,- the sign was on the beer handle but we didn't get beer but a strawberry drink. On the way back to the old town we saw 2 squirrels - reddy brown ones, and 2 cute birds. In the old town there were still musicians playing their brass instruments. We had a coffee & the girl didn't offer me the change so I guess she got a tip. Tonight we have a bottle of wine to drink from Beaune France because Stephen doesn't want to take it any further in his pack. We will try and sleep in before our train trip(which is short) to Bac Schandau for next week's walk in Saxony.
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  • Day45

    Rathen to Könighstein

    June 8, 2016 in Germany

    Bad Schandau to Rathen
    After a sumptuous breakfast of muesli, scrambled eggs, cheese, fruits and croissant we left the hotel but was just raining. Umbrella up and zipped off pant legs ,we were off. A steep climb and the sun reappeared so we were sweating madly. Great views from the Galgenberg plateau where wheat & some kind of beans were growing. Walked to a great view from a restaurant/ pension at Brand where we had a dark beer each.Walked through forests to an area for lunch called Gautschgrotte , shady sandstone rocks all around us. This is abseiling country .Instructions were a little confusing when we arrived at Hohnstein and after searching we eventually found the green on white marker. We had a lovely day with all the green moss, lots of fungi ,very tall straight trees. Got a bit confused by incorrect literature but some girls were going our way and together we matched up the map to our route. Climbed a metal staircase between cliffs to a nice view across to Hohnstein and its castle at mount Hockstein before descending into the forest again & to a lake called Aselsee, followed this to Rathen and our accommodation . Walked to shops and the ferry , had icecreams.Dinner to have in the hotel restaurant tonight after our 17 km walk.Read more

  • Day45

    Köhnigstein to Görisch

    June 8, 2016 in Germany

    Bad Schandau to Rathen
    After a sumptuous breakfast of muesli, scrambled eggs, cheese, fruits and croissant we left the hotel but was just raining. Umbrella up and zipped off pant legs ,we were off. A steep climb and the sun reappeared so we were sweating madly. Great views from the Galgenberg plateau where wheat & some kind of beans were growing. Walked to a great view from a restaurant/ pension at Brand where we had a dark beer each.Walked through forests to an area for lunch called Gautschgrotte , shady sandstone rocks all around us. This is abseiling country .Instructions were a little confusing when we arrived at Hohnstein and after searching we eventually found the green on white marker. We had a lovely day with all the green moss, lots of fungi ,very tall straight trees. Got a bit confused by incorrect literature but some girls were going our way and together we matched up the map to our route. Climbed a metal staircase between cliffs to a nice view across to Hohnstein and its castle at mount Hockstein before descending into the forest again & to a lake called Aselsee, followed this to Rathen and our accommodation . Walked to shops and the ferry , had icecreams.Dinner to have in the hotel restaurant tonight after our 17 km walk.Read more

  • Day1

    Nachthalt Camping Kassel

    August 24 in Germany

    Es ist schon dunkel als wir uns entschliessen in Kassel einen Halt einzulegen. Der Stellplatz ist zwar schon voll, aber der Camping nebenan noch offen und so bekommen wir für unsere Büssli einen Platz den wir teilen können. Wir sind froh, dass wir endlich nach feinen Schlummertrunk schlafen gehen können.Read more

  • Day1

    Hallihallo!

    Du fragst Dich vermutlich, was das hier soll und warum Du hier gelandet bist.
    Also lass mich das Ganze kurz erklären:
    Dies ist der phileologische, leologistische, kolumnistische Adventskalender! Dabei ist Phileologisch ein von mir geschaffener Leologismus aus den Worten Philosophie, Leo und Logik.
    Das kolumnistische geht auf Bibi Blocksbergs rasende Reporterin Karla Kolumna zurück und soll zugleich anzeigen, dass es sich hier um kurze kolumnenartige Texte handelt.
    Leologismus ist übrigens ein Neologismus, der von Leo stammt. Jede Wortneuschöpfung von mir.
    Und davon mache ich gar nicht wenige. Sei es aus Hektik, Unkonzentriertheit, Rumstrebern. Auch wenn meist andere fragen "ob gerade Gesagtes ein exitierndes Wort sei?" sag ich immer "Jetzt schon". Denn hey. Wir haben die Freiheit in unserer Sprache zu sprechen. Fantasievolles zu erfinden. Offen zu sein. Und Offenheit beginnt für mich im Ausdruck. Denken wir bloß in den Grenzen der gelernten Artefakte, der eingeflösten Werte und Normen und in den Grenzen unserer Sprache, sind wir nicht offen. Also, brecht Grenzen auf. Bildet Neologismen. Lest Leologistisches.

    Ansonsten funktioniert dieses leologistische Ding wie ein herkömmlicher Adventskalender. 24 Tage - 24 Texte. Jeden Tag ein neues Thema, das dem Titel entsprechend meist philosophische oder Logik erfordernde Themen bereithält.
    Gerade in der oft so gemütlichen Winterzeit sollte doch Platz für ein paar dezemberlich kuschelige Denkanstöße sein.
    Oder für spannende Diskussionen zwischen den Glühweinständen.

    Ein gut gemeintes Wort, ein Insidertipp, ein freundschaftlicher Rat, eine Buchempfehlung oder das Teilen der Lieblingsband ist in der heutigen Zeit des materiellen Überflusses doch viel mehr wert, als alles Gegenständliche.
    Btw, zur aristotelischen Zeit gab es wohl eine Phase, in der sämtliche Gäste einer Party weder Drinks noch Essen mitbrachten. Stattdessen trug jeder ein Thema oder Gedicht vor, welches ihn selbst bereichert hatte.
    Gibt es etwas intimeres und verbindenderes als das?
    Felicitas von Lovenberg, die Autorin des Buches "Gebrauchsanweisung fürs Lesen" würde das bejahen und entgegen, dass das direkte Lesen ohne Zwischeninstanz einen intimen Einblick in die persönlichsten Gedanken des Autoren gibt. Hm, stimmt wohl.
    Und hiermit möchte ich Dich einladen. Auf eine Reise. In meine Gedanken. In Zukunft, Gegenwart, Wissenschaft, Philosophie und Spiritualität. Nach Amerika, Indien und in meinen Kopf sowie Hinterkopf, in dem folgendes stets präsent ist...

    We don't travel to escape life, we travel life to not escape us.

    PS: Warst Du heute an einem besonderen Ort?
    The most beautiful place of the day ist immer der als Standort ausgewählte.

    PPS: Songempfehlung des Tages:

    Sixto Rodriguez - Sugarman
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  • Day2

    Finally in Tiberius

    February 28 in Germany

    We finally arrived at the hotel at around 11pm. It was definitely a looong trip. The hotel had cold plates in our rooms. The rooms are nice. I am glad I don't need a hairdryer, because the one in our bathroom doesn't seem sufficient to try anyone's hair. Marian and I are all unpacke and ready for our first full day with Holy Land. Breakfast is at 6:30 am and we leave at 8 am. Tomorrow we visit Caesarea, Megiddo, Nazareth and Cana. It is after midnight and I need to go to bed so I will be ready for the day of touring (Marian is already asleep).Read more

  • Day9

    Wüstensachsen

    September 11 in Germany

    Ich war das letzte mal vor 27 Jahren hier, mein letzter Familienurlaub als Kind mit meinen Eltern.
    Der Legende nach soll ich als Sechsjähriger aus dem Bach eine Forelle mit einer krummgebogener Stecknadel geangelt haben. Gehöre damit zur Dorfprominenz.

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Regierungsbezirk Kassel, District de Kassel

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