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Entries from August 2009

Southern Germany – Our Game Plan

August 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Whenever you pick up a travel book about Germany it always has one picture on the cover of either: Mad King Ludwig’s castle, the Hofbrau Haus in Munich or idyllic Rothenberg ob der Tauber. We couldn’t have visited Germany and missed any of these famous sights! Staying in Stuttgart We have family friends in Stuttgart […]

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Riding in a Dining Car

August 14th, 2009 · Comments Off on Riding in a Dining Car

For our two and a half hour ride from Koblenz (Coblenz) to Stuttgart, we opted to avoid the crowds in the second class cars and ride in style in the dining car. Actually, we just wanted to get a bite to eat and the food options are the Koblenz train station weren’t too appealing (we […]

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Wandering in Cochem

August 14th, 2009 · 6 Comments

After a day where we saw more castles that we could shake a stick at, we went to Cochem, which sits at the foot of Reichsburg. However, we wouldn’t be visiting it because we were tired of castles… but we did enjoy a day of rest and relaxation in the fair city of Cochem. The […]

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Adventures in Zell

August 13th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Our night in Zell was the only night the entire trip that we didn’t pre-book a hotel, but that didn’t really matter. Tourist travel through Germany, and we suspect all of Europe, was down with the economic doldrums and rooms were plentiful. We figured that in the worst case scenario we could just walk up […]

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Romantic Rhine River Cruise (Plus Two Castles!)

August 13th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Today, we had the plasure of floating down the Romantic Rhine, known as the Der Romantiscer Rhien in German. We spent the night in Bacharach at the Hotel am Markt. We chose this since the part of the Rhine between Bacharach and Boppard is known for its beauty. The Rhine was the main route for […]

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Spending the Night in Bacharach

August 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment

After our day in Koln, we made our way to the sleepy town of Bacharach. Bacharach was once the biggest wine trading points on the Rhine because reefs up the river forced boats to unlead cargo up the river and reload them here. We spent the night of July 29th, 2009 in Bacharach. We arrived […]

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A Quick Snack on the Banks of the Rhine

August 12th, 2009 · Comments Off on A Quick Snack on the Banks of the Rhine

After climbing up the 509 stairs of the Koln Cathedral, Martha and I were in the mood for a little rest, a little hefeweizen (of course!) and a little snack. We walked down to the Rhein garten, a walking and biking path that tracks the Rhine River, for a little stroll and to find a […]

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Köln (Cologne) Cathedral

August 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments

After a day of relative relaxation in Dortmund, we used up one of our EuroRail days to visit Köln (Cologne) on our way to Bacharach. Köln hosts one of the most remarkable cathedrals in all of Europe, one I read about frequently in high school in AP Art History. One of most amazing things about […]

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Visiting Dortmund & Dortmund University

August 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In summer after junior year I had the opportunity to study at the University of Dortmund through an exchange program at Carnegie Mellon University. Dortmund is the 7th largest city in Germany located in the North Rhine-Westphalia. It was largely destroyed during WWII due to its strong industrial (coke and oil) plants. Since that time […]

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Galway's King's Head Inn

August 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on Galway's King's Head Inn

We visited the King’s Head Inn on 26 July 2009. At the recommendation of my sister, we went to the Kings Head Inn on Quay Street and we were not disappointed. Since we had been braving the cold, scattered showers, and high winds at Aran all day, we were in the mood for some traditional […]

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