Category Archives: Europe

London – Munich – Canberra

Headed out of Heathrow today, 6:00 am out of bed and off to Munich where we had a good tour of Hitler’s part of the country. All the more interesting because yesterday we had checked out Churchill’s bunkers in London. … Continue reading

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Paris & Sacré-Coeur Basilica

After watching the news and finding that there was an accident on the road in to Paris, we held off our departure time to go and see the Sacré-Coeur. We drove towards the Arc de Triomphe and of course, this … Continue reading

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Mini France

Went to Mini France for the day – just fascinating. Silvie, Pierre, Mathilde & Julien had also not been here previously so it was extra special for them also. This village is just like Cockington Green in Canberra, only bigger … Continue reading

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Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher

Up early and into a lovely big people mover with Julien behind the wheel. Lots of rain as we drove along the freeway but the skies cleared as we arrived at The Château de Chambord: What a great place it … Continue reading

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Ireland

1st October Left our B&B in Bray after a pleasant night with internet access provided and all email etc. was up to date by the time we had gone to bed last night. Arrived in Roscrea and continued down the … Continue reading

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Heathrow to Haywards Heath

24th September

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Denmark – 17-24 September

17 September After getting a taxi at 6:30 we jumped on a train from Junkerath and headed off to Köln before transferring to the train to Hamburg. It was delayed due to ‘malfunction’ and could not reach top speed. Because … Continue reading

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Boris und der Hund

GERMANY / DEUTSCHLAND September 2010 When Boris arrived on the scene in Muenchen, he decided to mingle with the locals, basically to get the low-down on where to buy cheap bier. He bought an Isor card and proceeded to use … Continue reading

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Stadtkyll

16 September Ian & Luba left mid morning for Koblenz and a look at the Rhine River before heading to Frankfurt tomorrow evening. They found some castles hard to find so messaged us when they arrived in Frankfurt tonight. We … Continue reading

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Euskirchen

15 September Went off to Euskirchen for lunch – Luba will then go off for some retail therapy whilst Jen, Ian and I go exploring. Include photo Euskirchen – Kids in Mkt Place

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Luxembourg & Vianden

14 September This morning we went down into the Vallée de la Petrusse and experienced a very different part of the city. Certainly not cosmopolitan as the main city centre is. Contained all the fortifications that were required to protect … Continue reading

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Trier & Luxembourg

13 September Headed off to Trier, the oldest city in Germany and went on a city walk, enjoying morning tea in front of the Porta Nigra (Roman Gate), Karl Marx’s Haus where he was born and leaned much about his … Continue reading

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Belgium

12 September Went out for a 200km round trip to Aachen which is just over the Belgium border – just some 90 kms away. Started off with a morning coffee in Champagne (no not the French Champaigne) – coffee was … Continue reading

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Stadtkyll doing very little

11 September Quiet day around Stadtkyll doing washing etc and visiting the local village. Enjoyed the swimming pool and an internet connection.

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Worms – Oldest town in Germany -> Stadtkyll

10 September Worms – the oldest town in Europe (1000AD) and one where the Jewish community has been all but wiped out (1933-1938) in the leadup to World War II and yet the cemetery was left intact and the Synagogue … Continue reading

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Regensburg

9 September Saskia joined us for brunch and gave us a wonderful tour of Regensburg – quite an exciting town and this is the area from where the current Pope came. Churches were spectacular with gold brocade etc just about … Continue reading

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Mad Ludwig’s Castle -> Regensburg

8 September Headed off mid morning to see Mad Ludwig’s castle (Neuschwanstein) and the castle of his father. The difference was quite incredible – the father who was content is his castle (Hohenschwangau) and Mad Ludwig who lived in a … Continue reading

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Oberammagau with Ian & Luba

7 September Caught the late morning bus into Oberammagau where we had the chance to have a look raound this rather quaint village, dressed up to create the best atmosphere for all visitors attending the play. Many houses are painted … Continue reading

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Report From Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Viktor has duty to report on recent activities of that fool, Boris. Viktor is sitting in nice hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Viktor has finally made contact with Hobson, who was seen arriving at bahnhof in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Note to Hobson: be more … Continue reading

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Zurich to Garmish-Partenkirchen

6 September Back on the train (a Railjet which is allowed to go up the 160Km per hour maximum whilst in Switzerland) and heading for Innsbruck,crossing the Rhine River into Litchenstein but unable to get a picture of Vaduz Castle … Continue reading

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Grenoble to Zurich

5 September Got on the train following a wonderful 3 days with Mathilde and Julien and their family (including the cows being grown up) and after having a nice lunch with ‘English’ Uncle Dennis & his family in Grenoble – … Continue reading

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Hauterives and Facteur Cheval

4 September Went to the town of Hauterives where we had an absolutely delightful lunch with the Moulins and then walked through the village to experience ‘Facteur Cheval’. Ferdinand Cheval (1836-1924) was a postman who built his dream ‘Le Palais … Continue reading

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Dachau – never again!

DACHAU, 4 September 2010. There is a memorial within the site that says: NEVER AGAIN. Neither Viktor nor Boris nor Hobson went to Dachau. This story is too important to be taken lightly. When I arrived in Munich we had … Continue reading

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Bayern bier quality law

Boris was invited, after parting with a wad of euros (a form of cash used in Europe), to investigate the Bayern (Bavarian) Bier Quality Law. This tale has an historical setting. The Reinheitsgebot (Purity Law) was enacted in Ingolstadt in … Continue reading

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Nyons

3 September Went off to have a look at Grignan and Nyons where we explored the old town, climbed many steps, checked out the lavender distillery before returning to the farm at Claveyson

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Bier Hall putsch continues

Boris has been left to his own devices in Muenchen. It seems Hobson slipped through Franz Josef Strauss airport and onto the train to Grenoble while the bumbling spy slept. Well done Hobson! Boris rose early, sometime before midday. He … Continue reading

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Munich to Grenoble

2 September Arrived Munich on time and had a very quick run through customs etc. And were able to get to Munich and be on the 1st train for Zurich and then Grenoble. Coffee, tea and croissants were just €8.90 … Continue reading

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Arrived in Singapore

Left Canberra on a perfect spring day – hardly a cloud in the sky. A bit windy as we took off and also again in Sydney which had a temperature of about 18. Good smooth flight and we arrived here … Continue reading

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