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The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria - August 2013 - Part 8 - Another adventure comes to an end

August 28 - Wednesday

 

This morning we reassessed our plans for the rest of the vacation. When we studied the train schedules we found that it was going to take two (maybe three, I can't remember) train changes to get to Rothenburg and one of those changes was only 10 minutes long. Then leaving Rothenburg it was going to be multiple changes again to get to the Frankfort airport. We had several people tell us how nice Rothenburg was and we were looking…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on April 7, 2014 at 2:54pm — 3 Comments

The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria - August 2013 - Part 7

August 25 - Sunday

 

By the way, I believe I mentioned that we do not like duvets.  They get too hot and heavy for us.  So the first two nights in Salzburg, I removed the duvet from its cover and just used the cover as a sheet.  For two days the maid put the duvet back into the cover and I took it out in the evening.  Finally, the last night she figured it out and left me an extra cover, but still put the duvet back into another cover.  It worked for…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on April 3, 2014 at 4:21pm — No Comments

The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria - August 2013 - Part 6

August 22 - Thursday

 

After breakfast we packed up and headed east. We will definitely have fond memories of the family and Hotel Maximillian in Ehbenichl, Austria.  The first part of the drive took us back along the same road we had traveled yesterday, past Lake Plansee, until finally we were in new territory. 

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Added by Linda Paplinski on April 1, 2014 at 12:02pm — No Comments

The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria - August 2013 - Part 5

August 18 - Sunday

 

This morning we have docked at Basel, Switzerland and we must be out of our room by 9:00 AM with our bags in the hall. Dick and I were amazed at how efficient the checking out process went. We had settled our bill yesterday afternoon, so all we had to do was pack our last minute items, put our bags out, go to one last delicious breakfast buffet, and wait in the lounge area visiting with fellow passengers. Most of the 133 people…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on March 28, 2014 at 5:15pm — No Comments

The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria - August 2013 - Part 4

August 16 - Friday

 

This morning's tour began with ride through the canals of Strasbourg in a glass top small boat.  The buildings were very pretty.  Unfortunately, pictures I took through the glass are good reminders for me, but not good enough to share.  Obviously, you get the glare of the glass. We then began a walk through the town with our local guide who pointed out various things.  Ultimately we ended up at the Strasbourg Cathedral. The…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on March 27, 2014 at 3:26pm — No Comments

The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria - August 2013 - Part 3

August 14 - Wednesday

 

This morning was an early start with a walking tour of Koblenz.  Located where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet this city was strategically valuable during Roman times and an important center of trade during the Middle Ages. The very point at where the rivers meet…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on March 26, 2014 at 5:12pm — No Comments

The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria - August 2013 - Part 2

August 11 - Sunday

 

After breakfast we packed up and headed for the Amsterdam airport.  Interesting side note, yesterday we had come up from the underground parking garage using one exit, but later found an entrance/exit much closer to the hotel. When we left we used the closer exit.  Somehow we always get twisted around underground - even with subways!

 

The drive to the airport only took about 20-30 minutes and we got the car returned in short…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on March 25, 2014 at 5:37pm — No Comments

The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria - August 2013 - Part 1

August 7 - Wednesday

 

Flying into Amsterdam in late October of 2008 for a memorable Untours, I was very impressed with what seemed like hundreds of wind turbines out in the ocean turning around and generating power.  This year I was looking forward to the same view, but unfortunately my seat was on the wrong side of the plane or our approach was different. I don't know the answer, but I do know if you fly into Amsterdam do try to look out the nearest…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on March 24, 2014 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Rome, Tuscany, and Florence in 2011 - part 7 - The end of a lovely trip.

 

Saturday - September 10

 

Today we are off to Florence.  We got to the car rental place in Chiusi without any problems and turned in the car.  The manager gave us a ride to the train station and we settled in for about a 45 minute wait.  We hadn't eaten breakfast so we had some apple croissants and ice tea for me and cappuccino for Dick.  The train left at 10:00 A.M. and it was about an hour and 20 minute ride.  We had bought our tickets before leaving home, but…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on January 10, 2012 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Rome, Tuscany, and Florence in 2011 - part 6

 

Wednesday - September 7

 

 

                                                                                             

 

The vineyard alongside the farm where we were staying is

not owned by Alex. The owners will not be picking for a

couple more weeks, but…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on December 11, 2011 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Rome, Tuscany, and Florence in 2011 - Part 5

 

Sunday - September 4

 

As a rule, Dick and I much prefer to travel on our own, at our own pace, and on our own schedule.  We don't want to be on a tour that tells us what time to meet, what time to eat, and what time to leave the museum or interesting sight.  Having said that, at the end of today my email to friends and family was, "Oh, to be on a tour where they drop you off at the door and take care of all your needs."

 

The family from Venezuela…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on December 3, 2011 at 1:09pm — 1 Comment

Rome, Tuscany, and Florence in 2011 - Part 4

 

Thursday - September 1

 

It's another hot day today.…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on November 29, 2011 at 7:27pm — No Comments

Rome, Tuscany, and Florence in 2011 - Part 3

Tuesday - August 30

We started the day with a some hand laundry and a quick trip to the grocery store and drug store.  Dick somehow lost some of his prescription medicine.  Not to fear.  He explained what he needed and he got enough to last him the rest of the trip - and for only 2 euros. 

 

We had a good chat with Alex about our plans for the day and he gave us his usual map directions, restaurant recommendations and what…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on November 16, 2011 at 6:50pm — 3 Comments

Rome, Tuscany, and Florence in 2011 - Part 2

Sunday - August 28

We decided to hang around Montipulciano today because of there was a Festival in the late afternoon and we didn't want to miss that. We spent the afternoon walking the streets, shopping (I found a couple of neat plates that I purchased, as well as a hat to keep the sun off my head), people watching and feeling the air of excitement building. The medieval city of Montipulciano was divided into contrade…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on November 13, 2011 at 6:46pm — No Comments

Rome, Tuscany, and Florence in 2011 - Part 1

Wednesday - August 24, 2011

We arrived in Rome around 8:00am after an uneventful flight from Chicago. However, we flew Alitalia and I would think the Italian airline attendants would be embarrassed to be serving the pasta they served. After collecting our bags and taking a taxi into town we came to Hotel Nerva, our home for the next three days.  The room was not ready yet, so we took a walk around the neighborhood and stopped for an ice…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on November 12, 2011 at 7:02pm — 4 Comments

Walking the Side Streets of Paris

Three years ago when my husband and I visited Paris we saw most of the "major sites" we had time for - and that was a lot. However, this visit we hoped to have more time for some additional sites, to re-visit favorite sites and to explore the streets of Paris.



We decided to use the company"Paris Walks" for three of their walks. We would have gone on a fourth walk, but got held up in the Orsay Museum. Oh well, the Orsay is a…

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Added by Linda Paplinski on October 20, 2009 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

I can't believe we just signed up for an Untours and will leave in two weeks!

This is so unlike us. We usually plan for months and months, but due to family obligations that wasn't possible this year. Now we are taking advantage of Untours "last minute deals" and heading off to Holland in two weeks. I'm frantically making lists. We have a couple of Holland guide books and are reading as fast as we can. I'm caught between being very excited and wondering if we have gone crazy. However, now that I think of it, if we're crazy maybe it's not a bad way to be. How bad can… Continue

Added by Linda Paplinski on October 7, 2008 at 5:45pm — 8 Comments

You can't get to Paris this year?

If traveling to Paris this year is a problem for you, why not try our neighbors to the north? My husband and I found Quebec City and Montreal in Canada to be delightful Paris fill-ins. We didn't have a lot of time, but we did spend several days in each city this past June. Here's a quick account of what we found.



Quebec City was lovely. We stayed in a hotel a bit away from the old city, but found the bus system to be quite good. And after we felt more comfortable we did drive to a… Continue

Added by Linda Paplinski on August 12, 2008 at 11:58am — 1 Comment

A French Bullfight

During our June 2006 visit to Provence, my husband, Dick, and I decided to check out a French bullfight in Mouries. Since we seem to be directionally challenged we had trouble at first finding the arena. However, since the town was so very small we decided to just park the car and walk around. After stopping for a beverage at the local bar we asked for directions and found we were just a few blocks away.



Before the bullfight began a man came out and sprayed water on the sand. The… Continue

Added by Linda Paplinski on July 17, 2008 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

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