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Dec2013
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Apologies for the long break in our travel blogging. Last we posted, we were in Maulbronn visiting an Abbey. But our main reason for this European adventure was to go to James and Meike’s wedding in Illingon, Meike’s home town. Many of James and Meike’s friends and family had shown up from all parts of the world and we spent 3 days of getting to know the new in-laws and partying. The wedding service was really lovely. It was in both […]

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Oct2013
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We spent 4 days in the small city of Maulbronn in the region of Baden-Württemberg for James and Meike’s wedding. The reception was going to be held there, so conveniently many of us foreigners were staying there too. Perfect. But Maulbronn isn’t just a place to stay – it has its own UNESCO World Heritage Sight – Maulbronn Monastery. It’s the best-preserved medieval Cistercian monastery complex in Europe. Considering we had seen ruined monasteries in Yorkshire earlier this year (Fountain’s Abbey and Rievaulx Abbey), we […]

13
Oct2013
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The next country on our European tour was Germany – the most important country too since that’s where James and Meike’s wedding was to take place! But before the wedding, we had some time to be tourists first. There are two big car companies in Stuttgart – Porsche and Mercedes Benz. It was a tough choice, but the Mercedes Benz Museum was meant to be amazing. And indeed, it was. The building is one huge spiral, where you get an […]

12
Feb2013
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Berlin has 5 amazing museums all on one island – Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the 1 day allocated for museums, we weren’t going to visit all of them, so we picked the best two – Neues Museum and Pergamon Museum. The building to the left in the picture above, the Neues Museum, was severely damaged in a series of bombings by the Allies in WWII. In the 1990’s, a British architect David Chipperfield was commissioned to […]

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Feb2013
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The East Site Gallery is an open air, modern art gallery, painted on some of the remaining sections of the Berlin wall. When the wall was enforced by East Germany, West Berliner’s would graffiti their side of the wall with slogans and images. The east side of the wall had a guarded ‘death strip’  to prevent East Berliners crossing, so their side of the wall was plain. This gallery is symbolic because it is on the east side of the wall, expressing the […]

05
Feb2013
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We had a brilliant trip in Munich, but weren’t done with Germany yet, no! A couple of our friends organised a new year’s trip to Berlin and we agreed to go along! On our first evening, we knew we were going to like this city. Our hotel was next to a WWII bunker. Awesome. On our first day, we decided to go on one of the famous walking tours they have in Berlin. We were anxious about an expected 4 […]

19
Jan2013
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Rob officially has his permanent residency visa (woohoo!) so we’re here for a couple more years at least. But getting this visa meant we could also start our non-domestic travels again. Before Christmas, we went to visit James and Meike in Munich! We were happily drowned Christmas decorations and German hospitality. I love their homemade advent calendars! We were treated to delicious German-style breakfasts with boiled eggs, hams, cheeses and fresh bread. Rob also helped Meike make some Christmas mince […]

22
Sep2011
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Our last day in Munich was a scorcher. Thankfully, half of it was spent indoors at the stunningly reconstructed Residenz – the Munich Residence. It was the political and cultural centre of first the dukes, then the electors (from 1623) and finally the kings of Bavaria (1806 – 1918). As the residence and seat of government of the Wittelsbachs. This is the Grotto Courtyard with a statue of Perseus in the middle holding Medusa’s head with his foot on her […]

21
Sep2011
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On the 4th day of our trip to Munich we had a bike ride down the river Isar. The Barvarians treat the river bank like the beach and it was packed, so we had quite a bit of cycling to get to a nice quiet spot. We took a BBQ and some refreshments down to the river with us to make sure that we enjoyed ourselves. Once we were settled, we got the BBQ going ( two man ) to […]

11
Sep2011
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So the third day we were in Munich we were taken for a hike around some of the Alps. View Munich Alps in a larger map We met at 10am with Heike and Lukas at Walchensee, which is about 1 hour south of Munich. We started the day with a nice relaxing gondola ride up the mountain ( easy hike so far ) which took us up to 1100m elevation. There was an amazing view from the top. From the […]

06
Sep2011
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Our second day in Munich we decided to have a big sleep in (there may have been too many beers at the beer garden the night before) and go to the best museum in Munich – Deutsches Museum. From the train station, we got to walk past the beautiful Isar river on another stunning day. The Deutsches Museum is an enormous science and technology museum (think MOTAT but massive) which had a series of exhibits we wanted to see. The […]

31
Aug2011
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Rob has 2 cousins this side of the world. One is the beautiful Caroline in London, who we’ve caught up with a few times since we moved to the UK. But there’s another cousin who we’ve been neglecting since we’ve moved to Europe – James in Munich. Rob and I haven’t been to Germany before, so thought visiting James was a brilliant opportunity to check this country out. We were in Munich for 5 days and each was an adventure. […]