Summer Holiday 2019 – Part the Fourth

    Schlöß Brühl

    The day started with the search for breakfast. We failed. Settling for caffeinated hot beverages we headed to the station and out to Brühl to see the palaces. It was hot, the train was horribly crowded and we arrived just as the palaces were closing for lunch.

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    Categories: Cologne, Holiday

    Summer Holiday 2019 – Part the Third

    Farewell Bruxelles

    We got up fairly early in order to get ourselves sorted for the onward journey, though check-out was not until 11, and after packing, got some breakfast in a café. It was time to bid a fond farewell to the little city. We’d had fun, but were glad to be on our way.

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    Categories: Brussels, Cologne, Holiday

    Summer Holiday 2019 – Part the Second

    Porcelain Vegetables

    Grand Place

    Day two started with the noise in the street, which was annnoying. It led to a shower, which was not. Coffee was found externally, which was good and we set out. The weather was warm, the people were (reasonably) friendly and the museum fees were, as expected, extortionate.

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    Categories: Brussels, Holiday

    Summer Holiday 2019 – Part the First


    Please be aware there will be mention of alcohol later in this post, though not extensive. Should that be a problem, I suggest care while reading.

    We left a rainy home at about nine in the morning. Well, to be fair the rain had stopped so we didn’t have to lug cases in the wet, but it was still in the air and well, hot and muggy. Luck held though as the taxi met the train with about three minutes to spare and we were aboard before the rain came back.

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    Categories: Brussels, Holiday

    Planning for Bruxelles

    Well, it’s that time of year again when we plan a trip abroad. This year, it’ll be Bruxelles and Köln by Eurostar. It might be the last time we get to visit Europe before the insanity of Brexit gets in the way and causes problems for everyone. I should say we’re lucky for the delays, or else there might already be visa checks and other such nonsense.

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    Categories: Brussels, Cologne, Holiday

    Berlin 2018: Day 4 – Auf Wiedersehen Berlin

    After day 3 was cut short due to feet, it was hardly in doubt that day 4 would be any different. We slept in late and once up and dressed, we packed the remains of our stuff and checked out. The hotel has a place we could stash our luggage until it was time to go to the airport, and so… Read more…

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    Berlin 2018: Day 2 – Birthday

    Pair of macaws

    We decided to take it easy after such a long first day, so barely made it out of the hotel room before 11am. The weather of course, being great. Louise thought that a nice easy trip without a lot of walking would be to the Berlin Zoo, and since it was just a half kilometre away I agreed, and so we headed out. How wrong we were. Read more…

    Categories: Berlin, Birthday, Going Out, Holiday