Category Archives: Europe

Friday, May 30, 2014 Vannes Fr

The B & B owner’s dad, Paul, took us to the train station in Trois Ponts where we boarded towards Liège Belgium. This  historical city on the river Meuse is the birthplace of the Emperor Charlemagne. Once we arrived, we recognized having been at this depot before. Since we had not made reservations for the…

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 La Gleize BE

On Tuesday, as we approached the train depot in Coo, Belgium, I told Dennis we would be lucky to have a cow greet us. We did not. There was nothing there but a shelter for those waiting for the train. At the bottom of the hill we were surprised to find a resort for hiking,…

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Sunday, May 25, 2014 Luxembourg

We took the train to Saarbrücken and then the bus to Luxembourg. Seating was tight and Dennis was cramped, his knees stuck into the seat in front of him. We crossed the Moselle River about noon and then made our way into the capitol. As the bus went through towns, I wondered what the folks…

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Saturday, May 24, 2014 Sembach Germany

Henri drove us to the train station in Offenburg, Germany. From there we took the train to Kaiserslaurten. Fortunately, we had made reservations because the hotel was full. There are many conventions this time of year and without reservations, we would have been SOL. We took the local bus to Sembach and walked about a…

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Friday, May 23, 2014 Kertzfeld, FR

Lydie went out early to the bakers and returned with two baguettes: one white, the other dark. She also purchased a sweet bread typical of the area, Hugel Loaf. In good company, we breakfasted on tea, bread, local creamy butter, and Lydie’s homemade preserves. While Lydie prepared a traditional sauerkraut meal (oven-baked pork shoulder and…

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Thursday, May 22, 2014 Strasbourg, FR

The birds and dawn woke me at 04:00. I rolled over and dozed until the alarm sounded two hours later. We arrived at the train station, activated our Senior Global Rail Pass (now good for 10 trips in 20 days), bought snacks for the 12-hour ride with the last of the krone, and then boarded…

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Copenhagen

Tivoli’s grassy lawns entice people to settle down with a picnic lunch or just to enjoy the outdoors. Lounge chairs are available and people relaxed in the sunshine. Lots of children, dogs, and elderly on the green. Compare these prices with your last visit to the café: The Big Cheeseburger 145 DKK ($30.00); French Fries…

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Monday, May 19, 2014 Copenhagen DK

The ship let us off about six miles from the hotel. Since there were no ATMs (this happened at the dock in Barcelona as well, so I should have known better) we were unable to use the city bus. We managed to find a map in a gift shop (not in the terminal, which would…

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Sunday, May 18, 2014 Helsingborg, Sweden

Around 10 A.M, we took the tender from the ship to the port and got my passport stamped. Dennis and I found a map of the walking trails around the city. We passed a park with waist-high tulips. I had never seen such large and colorful blossoms. The Swedes must like flowers: homes had them…

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September 7: Amsterdam

Why is Amsterdam so noisy. Its 4:30 A.M. and the city is keeping me awake. Does the din have to do with the low altitude, the tall stone buildings, the long wide streets? People’s voices are amplified; someone talking on a cell phone appears as if they were speaking into a megaphone. The tapping of…

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