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    • Day 3

      Munich 🍺

      May 6 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Apres une matinée riche en émotion avec le camp de Dachau, nous avons passé la suite de la journée à Munich

      Dégustation dans un restaurant de quelques spécialités et surtout l'occasion de pouvoir boire une bière en grand format 😅

      La visite s'est tournée vers certains des monuments de la ville.

      Sans oubli la pose de notre logo pour immortaliser notre passage ici 😊

      Nuit tranquille Pas loin de la, et demain changement de pays !
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    • Day 3

      Exploring Munich

      April 7 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      Exploring Munich from several perspectives, the ground and from the Munich wheel, which was fun. The rain held off so we enjoyed a walk across the Viktualien market and through the historic centre, ending up at a 130 year old restaurant for delicious wuerstchen and kartoffelsalat.Read more

    • Day 20

      Art and cycle culture

      July 27, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Tuesday was an overcast day. We attempted a walk up a hill which only Stanley fulfilled and Iona and I went back to the hostel room. It was a lazy day. Yesterday was made up for it by hiring bicycles and seeing art. We visited the museum of contemporary and urban art. Original works by Banksy and Richard Hambleton's famous 'Shadowman' silhouettes.

      The whole of Munich is lent to cycle lanes endorsing a physical and mental health culture. Because of this we haven't seen any traffic jams. We joined this pedal power for a day it was amazing but apparently I went too slow... I was busy filming.
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    • Day 13

      Feb 4 - The Antarctic Exhibit

      February 3, 2020 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

      No wakeup call this morning!! Rats, I was awake at 6:06 a.m. I was the first of our group down for breakfast - I ate in the lovely solarium where we dined last night.

      We have to be on the bus by 9:30 a.m. I got a load of washing in before we left - there are free laundry facilities here. More hotels need that feature.

      Our stop for this morning was the Antarctic Centre. Christchurch is one of five gateway cities for Antarctic expeditions . Lindsay was our guide.

      Antarctica is Earth's southernmost continent. It contains the geographic South Pole and is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14,200,000 square kilometres (5,500,000 square miles), it is the fifth-largest continent and nearly twice the size of Australia. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages 1.9 km (1.2 mi; 6,200 ft) in thickness, which extends to all but the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic Peninsula.

      Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents. Most of Antarctica is a polar desert, with annual precipitation of 200 mm (7.9 in) along the coast and far less inland; there has been no rain there for almost 2 million years, yet 80% of the world freshwater reserves are stored there. The temperature in Antarctica has reached −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F), though the average for the third quarter (the coldest part of the year) is −63 °C (−81 °F). Anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people reside throughout the year at research stations scattered across the continent. Organisms native to Antarctica include many types of algae, bacteria, fungi, plants, protista, and certain animals, such as mites, nematodes, penguins, seals and tardigrades. Vegetation, where it occurs, is tundra. Ongoing experiments are conducted by more than 4,000 scientists from many nations.

      Our first activity was a ride in a Hägglund, a tracked all-terrain amphibious Antarctic vehicle that’s been built to conquer the rough terrain on the ice. These vehicles were originally developed by Hägglunds in 1974 for the Swedish Army. We bumped and swayed over an obstacle course designed to simulate Antarctic conditions - steep hills, boulders, crevasses, and corduroy roads. Great fun, but definitely not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach.

      Inside the building, we suited up in parkas and booties for a session in the Blizzard Room. Now, for a Canadian girl, standing in -8 deg C with a windchill factor of -18 deg C isn't exactly a new experience. Can't say I've stood around in those temps in shorts before, though. The point of it all was to show the effect that the ferocious winds in the Antarctic have on the temperatures. Lindsay must have no nerve endings in his arms because he stood there with us in short sleeves.

      Our next stop was to see a 4-D movie which is a 3-D movie with special effects like shaking chairs, water spray and fake snow. The photography in the movie of the Antarctic was fabulous.

      Our next stop was to see the little blue penguins. The are birds at this facility are ones that have been injured by getting caught in fishing nets or attacked by animals or even by humans. They are generally nocturnal creatures, so they were pretty placid.

      We are all now much more knowledgeable about this huge continent that serves to keep our planet rotating properly on its axis.

      For all you animals lovers that are following along, there was a Husky Dog exhibit outside. The story of exploration in Antarctica is the story of the husky. When the bitter cold and brutal conditions proved unsuitable for horses, explorers looked for a tough, intelligent and hardworking travelling companion. Huskies stepped up to the job and provided the main form of transport, pulling sleds for teams right up until 1994.
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    • Day 19


      July 26, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Munich is a busy huge green city. Just a short ride from Austria. We caught the 10.56am from Salzburg and arrived at 12.30pm. We are in the third and final week of our tour and still walking about exploring and finding new places to swim.

      On Monday we bought a 9 euro travel card which will last us all week. We caught the tram and went into the centre of Munich and entered the 'English' garden which starts here and then slices 5 miles up the North East side of the city. It's named after an English garden due to its rambling style of woods which is true because it reminds me a bit of Middleton woods. In the stifling heat we try and find the river that we've read about that people swim in.

      After 30 minutes of walking and carrying bags we hear the sound of the water gushing through Stauwehr Oberföhring. Its a big concrete bridge and 'Isar' is the river that runs underneath. We follow a cycle track running alongside the river and down to a slope which opens out onto a raised pebble beach, acting as an island. We soon put the Barcelona picnic blanket down and submerge ourselves into the cold clear shallow waters.

      People are sunbathing, some are totally naked, some aren't naked. Kids are running around and it's a lovely atmosphere. There's a fast pace to the water which if you try and swim against it you just stay in one place not getting anywhere, it's great exercise. However, its not dangerous because its so shallow you just scrap your arse on the pebbles and stand up again.

      After 5 hours more families come to swim to cool down after a long hot day at school or work. We packed our bags and walked another 35 minutes in the stubborn heat through the Munich suburbs of rolling parks with trees and playgrounds and a random nymph statue: Daphne.

      Desperate to sit down and eat we found a local beer garden called Schlosselgarten. We were a bit disheveled and totally parched after our trek.

      When we arrived we were told they don't take cards. Standing in disbelieve with no euros and no ATM in sight I suddenly remember I've got some dollars hidden away in my purse which my best mate Bee gave me before we left.

      She said 'In the last week of your stay when your at the end of your money spend this on a slap up meal!'
      The waiter in his traditional Lederhosen nodded to at my request and we exchanged our meal and drinks for the international currency including tip at an agreeable transaction rate😉.

      We ordered the biggest two pint lager of Lowenbrau and a three course German meal. Here's the pictures of salmon and fritters. Pork steaks with some carb style noodles that look like sweetcorn (but arent) and a mushroom creamy sauce which was a food combo I've never tasted before in my life!

      Thank you Bee your money it went right to the heart of this beer garden!

      A full initiation into Germanic lifestyle.

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    • Day 17

      Salzburg- short stay

      July 24, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      We arrived in Salzburg on Friday evening and checked into a pristine dorm with four beds. As we already had gotten used to having our own space we just thought no-one would occupy the last bed. We watched Only You our favourite rom com because we missed Venice. And heard a thunder storm booming outside.

      The next day was overcast with a welcoming refreshing breeze. We bought a 24hr Salzburgcard which allows you to travel on the buses and access to every museum and castle.

      Our first stop was Hellbrunn Palace with immaculate tended grounds and famous 'trick' fountains, which sprung water all over us . One pond stretched across the space of two football pitches with Carp that looked like submarines travelling under and another pond which had two ancient Sturgeon fish theywere 80 years and 60 years old and looked like dhwtks without fins.

      We did a lot of climbing up to undefeated forts such as Hohenszburg with a small village on top.
      Salzburg is like Harrogate on steroids.
      We had a Guinness which was gorgeous.

      Now in Munich after a shirt 2 hour train journey over the border. Germany is out final country before heading back to the UK on Friday. 🇬🇧 🇫🇷 🇮🇹 🇦🇹 🇩🇪 🍺🥞🍷
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    • Day 1


      February 14, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

      My journey has finally gotten started. We are at the airport in Houston. Rickey saw this luggage cart to put our luggage on so we wouldn’t have to carry it throughout the airport. It was $6 and well worth it! But... the downside of that is we found out at the information desk that we couldn’t take the cart on the subway. A lady at the desk said it would take almost a mile to walk to our terminal. The airport is huge so it felt like we walked 5 miles. Rickey and I agreed we should get in shape lol. But the walk wasn’t bad. When we get to the terminal, we found out they wasn’t open until 2pm so we had to wait 2 hours to check in! So we decided to eat at Starbucks!Read more

    • Day 55

      Torrevieja Espagne

      February 16, 2015 in Germany ⋅ 🌫 -1 °C

      Arrivée ce matin et déjà 2 grandes promenades de découverte de la ville, pas terrible et touchée par la crise. Pizzerias partout.. on va devoir chercher un peu de gastronomie. Pas de Wi-Fi à l'appartement mais en ville ça va. L'appartement est rustique fluo, osé mais plaisantRead more

    • Day 2

      מטרו בקופנהגן

      September 17, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      אז לא סתם ידוע שאנשים בקופנהגן ממש שמחים ומאושרים יחסית. ישלהם מטרו ממש מגניב ומסודר שעושה כיף בלב למבקרים ופועל 24\7. כן. לוקח 20 דק' להגיע משדה התעופה למרכז העיר וצריך להחליף בין הקו הצהוב לרכבת S. אפילו כשקצת התבלבלנו שאלנו דני חביב שלא ידע אבל עצר הכל והתחיל לחפש בפלאפון. אני מאוהבת (בדנמרק 😇)Read more

    • Day 55

      Day 7 on the Meseta

      September 27, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Sept 27: Been walking across the Meseta now for one week! Today was a very short 11+ km into Leon where we checked into hotel rooms and are kicking back a little.
      Another beautiful city, cathedral and lots of cafes/restaurants. Will be saying goodbye to a couple of folks here after today so may be out celebrating a bit later tonight. Some of us may stay in Leon for one more day . . .

      We've been starting out walks each day between 6:30-7:00am when it's still dark out, but one morning we started at 5:30am to get a little more time in under the stars. Below here and in the next post are some pics from along the way (Sept 22-26). Will create new post tomorrow for today's walk into Leon along with a few pics from tonight's celebration (possibly).

      Pic #1 a morning mist, leaving
      Pic #2 chilling in a great tree at the albergue in Boadilla
      Pic #3 passing through Fromista after leaving Boadilla, we cross the lock gates (esclusa) of the Canal de Castillo
      Pic #4 sweet dawg friend on the Camino
      Pic #5 going through a village after a night in Terradillos, we walked through a courtyard where the trees had been decorated with knitting; definitely reminded me of Portland
      Pic #6 a morning sunrise
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