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Jun 7, 2014 - Schleswig

Another glorious day. We decided to head north to Schleswig which sits on the banks of the Schlei fjord. The town has a long history going back to 800AD. It was at the time of the Vikings a crossroads of trade routes to North Atlantic and Baltic settlements. We first visited Schloss Gottorf on the edge of the town now a museum. A classic North European Renaissance castle built in the 17th century as Danish royal palace but spent most of its time in the 19th century as barrack for firstly the Danish and then the Prussian armies. After World...

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Jun 6, 2014 - Walk along the Kiel Canal

After a day of rain on the Thursday we woke up to a lovely day although quite a strong wind. One of the reasons for stopping in this part of Schleswig- Holstein was to see the Kiel Canal. The Kiel Canal runs between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea and is 61 miles long. For ships the canal saves on average 250 nautical miles (460 km) by not going around the Danish Jutland Peninsula. This not only saves time but also avoids potentially dangerous storm-prone seas. The first connection of the North and Baltic Seas was completed in 1784(This...

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Jun 4, 2014 - Move to Langwedel in Schleswig-Holstein

We left Wismar after undertaking a full tanks dump and headed north again. We were slightly late getting away because we had to queue for the motorhome service point. Our journey north was no problem. The last few miles were a little interesting as we weaved our way trying to avoid some low hanging tree branches through the small village of Langwedel to find the campground/stellplatz. The campground had a small but spacious stellplatz with over half the pitches easily able to take our size "big rig". After a little issue with the...

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Jun 2, 2014 - Lubeck

Today we headed west from Wismar to Lubeck. Lubeck was one of the richest and most powerful cities in Europe, its merchants being the most powerful members of Hanseatic League and in fact acted as the capital of this medieval trading cartel. The town reflects this today with its many Hanseatic buildings and churches. However driving into the town was not that easy. As we found with many Germany towns their directional signs are poor. We by chance found a car park by the main conference/theatre and from there walked into the old town. The...

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Apr 5, 2014 - Lübeck

If you’re traveling through Germany by train, it’s easy to begin to believe that the entire country is nothing but a collection of drab, stucco-covered 5 story apartment houses, punctuated by odd, somewhat jarring glass-covered office buildings. Each town has a few old relics that have been lovingly rebuilt or one or two that actually survived. But once you’ve seen that one, you’re done, and it’s back to kilometer after kilometer of the same old same old, punctuated by the obligatory Fußgängerzone, which in turn is populated by the VERY...

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Aug 13, 2013 - On the road to Berlin

Hi All It is really hard to fit in these daily updates with all of the activity around me and optional trips that often take up the night. We ended last night in Zilo’s Grill in Berlin city where we got a taste of Germans really letting their hair down. The food waiter came to our table and asked if I ordered soup and when I said YES I found it was a booby trapped fake that fell towards me and scared the living daylights out of me. He had picked me immediately as one who doesn’t mind being the butt of a joke. But it got better. One fellow...

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Aug 5, 2011 - Belgium, Netherlands & Germany

Hi Everyone As we were leaving Delft in the Netherlands, we decided to take one last look around this beautiful town and to our delight found two markets – a general market and a flea market – so much to see. Stalls weighed down by round, bright yellow cheeses, the heavy scent of the blooms from the flower seller, the appetizing aroma from the bakery stall and so many stalls full of bric-a-brac. Amongst it all I found the top and bottom for a bell pull I have embroidered on this trip, a fantastic find. Lunch time was fast approaching so we...

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Jul 12, 2011 - Monday 11th July

Crap nights sleep, had 2 phone calls from Lynn in our queensland store at about 1am and then another from the gas man trying to organise the gas connection for albert st. Have to remember to turn the phone off over night!!! Today is an exciting day, off buy duty free alcohol in Denmark/ Germany. Its about a 2 hour drive and then on a ferry and then a 2 minute drive to the "Border Shop". Michael and Marie drove us once again (they have been great to us!) Got to go on the famous bridge tunnel again. The bridge is the longest in Europe and...

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Sep 30, 2010 - The World Windsurfing Tour in Sylt

Dad headed up to Sylt Germany to see a Professional Windsurfing Association event. For full details on the visit and lots of photos, see the blog: http://windsurfing-en-provence.blogspot.com/2010/09/professional-windsurfers-world-cup-sylt.html

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Aug 15, 2008 - Laboe, Germany

How are you??? Please take a moment and drop me a short note - fill me in on what you're up to wherever you may be. I'm traveling alone now (though I'm rarely actually alone!) and would love to hear from you! As for me, I'm now in Germany, for the second time. The first time I came, for my grandmother's funeral a couple of weeks ago, it felt almost surreal. The quickness of the trip, as well as the contrast between the French countryside and the German coast, threw me for a bit of a loop. But this time it feels very comfortable. My German...

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Aug 1, 2008 - Kiel, Germany

I made a short trip to Kiel to attend my grandmother's funeral. Although I was planning to go there later in the month, I decided to go anyway and I'm glad I did. It was really good to be there and to share the occasion with my mother, as well as to meet some relatives who I might never meet again. Friday was a rather strange day. I woke up at 5:00 AM in a tiny village in the French countryside. As I drove to the Paris airport, the sun was just coming up over the seemingly endless fields of wheat and grapevines. I stopped briefly for fresh...

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May 1, 2007 - ***Tuesday morning tour the Kiel Canal locks

Hello I did take along nap on Sunday afternoon in my hotel in Rendsburg. It felt great to kick back. Tuesday on the road for more adventure. Found out first thing it was a German National Holiday but relatively quiet on road, etc. I couldn't tell as much as the Netherlands one. The only thing I regret is that there was an art gallery I was going to visit in the city of Rendsburg on Monday morning. An artist's oil paintings I liked but it was not open because of holiday. So I drove onto the locks in Holtenau just a few km north of Kiel. Now...

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