Hotel Hennies, Hannover DEJuly 30 in Germany
Overnight stop near Hannover. Deer and horses in the garden.
Overnight stop near Hannover. Deer and horses in the garden.
On the move again! Packed up and left fairly early, heading for the station. This was one of the tricky days in our itinerary, since we needed to get to our new destination (Hannover), via a different World Heritage site, and manage all of our luggage as well. Easy enough when you have a car, but when you don't...
The train to Hannover was only short, about 90 minutes to the south, and we arrived around lunchtime. Dropped our luggage in a locker at the station, then hopped on a different train heading to the town of Hildesheim, about an hour to the south-east of Hannover. So we finally arrived at our day's WHS around 1:30pm!
This site is two churches: St Michael's, and the Cathedral of St Mary. They're notable for their incredible artworks which survived the war and "strategic" bombing, including a beautiful painted ceiling inside St Michael's, and a bunch of bronze works from the 11th century in the Cathedral - a baptismal font, a 5 metre tall column, and a pair of enormous 5x2 metre, two tonne doors decorated with scenes from Genesis and the life of Jesus.
Very impressive, but of course we had the issue that Schnitzel wasn't allowed inside either church, so we filmed a bit of both from the outside then went in one by one. And of course it was raining intermittently, as it's done basically for the past two weeks. Oh well, at least there was a bit of shelter nearby!
Filming finished, we walked back to the hauptbanhof and caught the next train back to Hannover. Picked up our luggage and then caught the subway three stops to our apartment. This one, we're staying in a private room in someone's house, though they aren't here for six months of the year. Maybe that's how they skirt around the law!
It looked like a fairly well travelled couple as they had lots of photos on the walls, but also a baby's room so I guess their travelling times have largely finished! Some nice photos of Australia which was good to see! The place is very large - two bedrooms, a long hallway, brand new bathroom and kitchen, and a big living area as well.
For dinner we headed out to a nearby restaurant specialising in - what else - German food. We both had a sambal Schnitzel which was just a normal schnitzel but with a sort of spicy hollandaise sauce. Very tasty! Had a funny moment with the waiter as well, stumbling through our half-learned/remembered German, when he heard talking in English and said "oh we can do it in English if ye want, I'm from Oireland" in a rather broad Irish accent! Simplified things somewhat - though Germans generally have pretty good English, even the older ones, particularly here in the west.
Home to bed, ready for more exploring!Read more
There is quite a few I don't understand and I'll write about those in due course.
I'm not sure what the "boob" sign means, but it was about 500 metres before the building (Have a good read of its name).
I wasn't sure what to expect but wow what a fantastic place - not your traditional "old" Europen city with much of it being new and modern. Why you might ask?. Well, a lot of it was destroyed towards the end of WWll and it's since been rebuilt. But, in the words of the great Basil Fawlty "don't mention the war". The people in general are really very nice, and whilst the hotel room is again small and cheap, it's clean, the staff are friendly and they even found some under cover parking at the back of the hotel for the bike. The hotel is on top of a Turkish restaurant/bar with lots of people of an evening eating drinking and talking...loudly - but all it does is really add to the atmosphere. I sat down on one of the sidewalk chairs and the owner gave me a couple of free teas.....really nice people (this time I didn't even have to do any work!!!).
Like Aussies the Germans like to do a couple of things.....drink and drive fast. Unlike some Aussies they don't seem to mix the two. The driving fast i saw as I rode an autobahn way here.. You often see a crossed out sign this means drive/ride as fast as you like but do it safely.....police look out for vehicles driving unsafely. I had the bike cruising at 160 kmh to see what it was like (not that comfortable to be honest) and I looked behind me to see clear road. Next thing I was passed by a Lamborgini as if I was standing still. If he/she wasn't doing 250kph, then he/she was going faster. The noise as it passed me was awsome. You really do have to take care when you pull out to pass a slower vehicle, cars and bikes come from nowhere..but they can all drive/ride and they really do stick to the lanes..no hogs in the passing lanes.
When I got here, at Hannover, there was a festival at huge lake walking distance (about 5 kms - I've been doing a lot of walking - the iPhone records it for you!!!) from my hotel (which is in the middle of town). This is the drinking part. There would have been 70,000 to 80,000 people there and not one person over 18 didn't have an alcoholic drink in their hand, or two.. Almost impossible to find a stand (see the pic) that had anything without alcohol and I ended up having a virgin sangria. There were bands playing and people eating and drinking but no one obnoxious or painful. Not as much overt security as you might expect given the situation over here.
A little earlier today I went for a walk to find lunch and found (accidently) the red light district......I stayed for an hour, there was a Turkish restaurant that had the best lamb pide..even better than Sofra in Toowoomba. Ate and got the hell out of there (no pics).
Am having a few technical issues...gps doesn't seem to want to recognise a few countries like Poland, Hungary, Czech Rep etc, which will make going there interesting, and cardo headset only has one speaker working...oh well.
I had only booked in for two nights but have extended to a third..the place is that good. Going to the museum and zoo tomorrow.Read more
I think I said this before, but what a great place. Just finished dinner at the downstairs Turkish restaurant, had a great Kusbisili Pide (even better than the one the previous night) and finished off with a desert of I don't know what, but it too was great...see the pic.
Went to to the zoo today, a 4km walk each way. I'd like to say it was worth it but truthfully felt pretty sory for the animals that were mostly in fairly small enclosures. They havr an "outback" Australian area with the usual emus and wombats (who doing a pretty good job of digging themselves to freedom👍). There was a family that was pretty excited about getting a photo with what was sign posted as a great red kangaroo. The only problem was it was actually a Pademelon (cute little things that they are) and not a big red. I didn't have the heart to tell them, not that a Pademelon is a lesser marsupial in any case!!!!!
This place, and probably Europe in general, is very push bike friendly and everyone rides them. From suited bankers to blued haired tattooed punks. It actually pretty funny to see see a tough punk rocker with red hair, tattoos and piercings riding a nice ladies bike!!!!
Looking forward to getting on the bike again, but will be sorrh to leave here. Off the Leipzig tomorrow.
Lundi, 10 juillet 2017
La nuit passée était tropicale. La pluie amène ce matin un peu de fraîcheur et nous accompagne en bonne partie sur les 430 km jusqu'à Hannover. Doerte vient nous chercher au camping Springhorstsee en fin d'après-midi et nous invite à souper dans un très bon resto à Isernhagen. Nous nous sommes régalés de la bonne cuisine allemande. Les retrouvailles étaient très chouettes.
6.30 Frühstück. Ufff….
Programm heute: Busfahren. Laut Programm den ganzen Tag. Dank Baustellen, Stau und Baustellen den ganzen Tag. Pooooh…..
Als Mittagspause waren zwei Mc Donalds ausgesucht worden – zwei, damit es nicht so lange dauert. Aufgrund der Stausituation mussten die Busfahrer woanders halten und entschieden sich, einen anderen Mc Doof anzusteuern -schließlich hatten die Kids alle Gutscheine für den Tepel des Goldenen M erhalten. Und dieser Mc Doof war einer der Luxussorte – mit Tischbedienung. Allerdings stand nur ein Kellner zur Verfügung. Kurzerhand kellnerten wir Lehrer alle – die Geschäftsführerin kam aus dem Staunen nicht heraus.
Weiter ging es nach Köln und der Abend wurde ruhig in der Jugendherberge verbracht.Read more
Nach zwei Etappen und kleinem Stopp im Jurassic Par...ääh Wildpark Knüll (im Knüllwald) landen wir pünktlich zum Abendessen knapp hinter Hannover am Parksee Lohne. Keine freilaufenden Hasen, dafür freifallende Eicheln - vom Baum - unter dem wir stehen :/ schlau.
In gewisser Weise war Dienstag Probe für Mittwoch. Um 7 Uhr Morgens sind wir nach Hannover gefahren um Opa zu besuchen, der am 3. Januar Geburtstag hat. Ich konnte natürlich nur am Dienstag, weil ich ja Mittwoch schon wieder nach England geflogen bin.
Wir sind durch die frühe Abfahrt schön früh in Hannover angekommen, wo wir dann zu sechst mit Opa gefrühstückt haben. Danach war Jakob ziemlich müde - wie man dem Bild entnehmen kann. Er hatte nicht geschlafen, weil es anscheinend besser ist bis sechs wach zu sein als da aufzustehen. Man kann deutlich sehen, dass das auf keinen Fall auf den ganzen Tag zutrifft. Jakob hat quasi nur noch geschlafen. Zwischendurch waren wir chinesisch Essen, was sehr nett war. Da wirkte er auch wach, aber wieder bei Opa ist er sofort wieder eingeschlafen. Müde war ich durchaus auch. Ich war es lange nicht mehr gewohnt so früh aufzustehen, aber es hat auch echt viel Spaß gemacht mit Opa, Renate und auch Oma zu reden.
Nach von mir gebackenem Kuchen und Tee sind wir am spätem Nachmittag wieder nach Hause gefahren. Meinen letzten Abend in Deutschland hab ich dann mal wieder mit Mario Kart verbracht.
Meine zwei Wochen Zuhause waren wunderschön. Ich bin echt froh, dass ich das alles so erleben durfte. Ich schätze mich verdammt glücklich! Ihr euch jetzt gerade wahrscheinlich nicht, weil das jetzt wieder bedeutet, dass jeden Tag ein Bericht von mir kommt... Ich freu mich drauf! Bis ganz bald! Liebste Grüße an alle! (Vor allem natürlich das Geburtstagskind!)Read more
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Region Hannover, H