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Jan 27, 2016 - Cars, trains and wallpaper

Mulhouse, located in the Alsace region, our most recent jaunt, traces it’s written history to 1308 as part of the Holy Roman Empire. Since then it has been Swiss, German and French, with a period as a Calvinist independent republic. It joined France in 1798. Why did we decide to go to Mulhouse, a place it took us a week to almost pronounce properly? Mulhouse, in the 19th century was nicknamed the French Manchester due to its industrial development. It is the capital of museums related to industry, including the French national automobile...

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Lavender's Travels

Oct 2, 2015 - Natzweiler-Strutthof concentration camp

From Heidelberg, we drove to Natzeiler, France to the concentration camp. It sits on the side of the Vosges mountains in the middle of nowhere! They had a movie that told about this place and then you could visit several museums there and walk around to the different buildings. There were 52,000 prisoners held there. It was only open for 3.5 years. The prisoners built the camp. It was very sad to see what conditions these people lived in and how hard they worked to stay alive. There was also so much torture going on there. They had a...

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Aug 2, 2015 - France

We happened to stay in a town in France with a Golf Range and next to vineyards plus had a pool so everyone was happy. Here is Ollies diary for the day It is an awesome hotel because I can jump over the balcony and run down the hill to get golf balls. We went for a walk to play golf. I was so excited to play. It was harder than I thought. After that we went for a walk around the course. Then we went to a winery mum and dad tried some wines while we played cards. After that we went for a swim and I went in a sauna it was hot. Love Ollie

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May 29, 2015 - Day 20 - Strassbourg (France)

Day 20 - Friday 29th May - Offenburg - Strassbourg (France) After much discussion around the table last night - Strassbourg or Black Forest towns - we have decided to take a train to Strassbourg in France (? 50km away). A mis-read of the train timetable led to a delay of an hour so we wandered into Offenberg town for a quick look-see. After a chance encounter with one of Möna’s secondary school teachers (nun on bicycle) we were able to have a look through some of her old school (no one around, all on holidays) with Môna permitted to take us...

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Swiss Trip 2015

Jun 23, 2014 - Strasbourg, France

23 June 2014 Our first port of call on the River Cruise is Strasbourg. We are transferred off our river boat on to a long boat with panoramic windows, as our boat is too large to negotiate the Ille River around the old medieval town of Strasbourg. Strasbourg France is situated on the border of France and Germany and is influenced by the culture of both countries and is the capital of the Alsace region. It is also the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. Our mini cruise takes us passed the buildings where the...

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May 31, 2014 - Strasbourg Day 3

Our first task this morning was to re-visit the Cathedral Strasbourg early enough to avoid the expected crowds. We had previously been unable to examine the Transept and spent some time examining the Mount of Olives sculpture ( circa 14th century), the baptismal font and the single surviving Romanesque column. The south side of the transept contains the well known astronomical clock and has a single highly decorated column mirroring the Romanesque column in the north transept. The clock and it's many measurements were well beyond our...

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May 30, 2014 - Strasbourg Day 2

Heads were a little fuzzy this morning as we departed the hotel soon after 0900hrs. We eventually found a cafe for a sit down coffee and croissant; the croissants are as nice here as everywhere else in France. The second planned activity of the day, to climb the cathedral, has been replaced by a 40 minute, mini train tour of the city; the equivalent of a hop on/ can't hop off tour. The train is hampered by cars and people but eventually makes its way around the older city. An interesting trip with a reasonable audio description. The actual...

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May 29, 2014 - Strasbourg

We had breakfast in the hotel before setting of at 0955 hrs for Colmar which was 9 km's north of last night's accommodation. Our host was a very pleasant lady who explained the presence of the Cigogne Stork, which nestles on the roof tops of the village and is displayed prolifically throughout the souvenir shops as a red and white soft toy. The drive was made easy by the absence of traffic for that time of the day and we had no problem finding a carpark. Initially, there were very few people in the streets or in the town which had us...

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May 28, 2014 - Eguisheim

Today is our longest driving day and the challenge is to avoid the motorways for the more picturesque country drive. We depart Chablis at 0940 hrs for Eguisheim in the Alsace region after, our standard order of coffee and croissants at yesterday's cafe and completing our hotel check out. Our route of 387 km takes us ESEast through Chateauvillian, Saint Loup Sur Semouse and Belfort to Eguisheim. The countryside is magnificently rich and green whether it be paddock or forest; an observation repeated in previous journal entries but always...

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May 19, 2014 - Paris to Strasbourg and board River Cruise Ship

May 19th I Really like Paris ❤️ Before leaving Paris we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at the hotel, however interrupted by our pickup bus driver saying we leave at 7 am, trying to explain we were told 7:20. None the less we scurried to gather our things! As we picked up other hotel passengers, we could view other parts of the city. Every building is either stores, cafés , or apartments, no houses in the city. Continuing our drive we go out of the city to get on A4 interstate and view beautiful farmland, much like USA. Just heard it's a 5...

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May 19, 2014 - Strasbourg, France

Didn't sleep much last night but up at 5:30am for pick up by Easy Dream to transport us to the Strasbourg Pier. We left the hotel at 7:30am traveling through the beautiful country side of both France and Germany stopping twice along the way for potty breaks. Along the way we passed by farmland, small villages, French and German cows, one French rabbit, tree farms, and windmills. All through the trip the assist bus driver snoozed. 𯒤𯒤𯒤𯒤𯒤𯒤 he got more sleep than me!! We arrived a little early (2:30pm) to the River boat so had to wait in...

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Paris to the Alps

Apr 30, 2014 - Heidelberg & Rudesheim

Heidelberg castle and old town tours in am, back on boat for lunch and short sail to Rudesheim where we wandered by ourselves, finding a local spot for wine and dinner, then more wandering, found another wine shop, and snapps shop, back to boat by 10pm.

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