Athens to Stuttgart Road Trip Part 1 – Athens

February 14, 2018 at 11:05

Mitsos has some friends from Hamburg. They have the car from Germany on the island and are happy when somebody drives it back to Germany again. This year it worked well with my schedule. I took a flight down to Athens and we drove 3 weeks back to Stuttgart.

The first step is of course: A plane to Athens!

The last German beer for a while at STR
The last German beer for a while at STR

Nice day for the trip
Nice day for the trip

Time to bord the plane
Time to bord the plane

Good old Eurowings
Good old Eurowings

Eurowings at STR

Enough space
Enough space

The usual no thrills carrier layout
The usual no thrills carrier layout

Above STR Airport
Above STR Airport

Towards the Alb we fly
Towards the Alb we fly

Paid with miles this time - got free food.
Paid with miles this time – got free food

Since the flight was only 20€ for taxes I had a beer on top
Since the flight was only 20€ for taxes I had a beer on top of the “lunch pack”. And out of all the beers they have Warsteiner – grrrr

Somewhere over Montenegro
Somewhere over Montenegro

A Greek island
A Greek island – Athens is close!

When you arrive at the last terminal in Athens
When you arrive at the last terminal in Athens

You walk!
You walk!

And walk!
And walk!

And walk!
And walk!

And walk!
And walk!

And walk!
And walk!

Thanks for picking me up!
Thanks for picking me up from the airport!

Athens Bike Shop
The bike shop of Mitsos friend. We got some bike to cruise Athens for the day.

At the food place!
At the food place! I am in Thailand now and write this blog post. BUT – I want to be in Athens right now at this place for lunch!!

Happy Greek!
A happy Greek!

Lets fix the beer first
Lets fix the beer first

Graffiti
Graffiti

Hello Rebecca
Hello Rebecca! Long time no see 🙂

Not exactly greek food
Not exactly greek food

But Greek beer and a blue sky!
But Greek beer and a blue sky!

A Week in the Netherlands in Fall 2017 – Part 2 – Groningen

February 9, 2018 at 11:39

Gerben worked a lot to finish the houseboat in Groningen. Went with him and Dee for a day to look at the city. The old part is quite nice and there are lots to see.

‎⁨Verbindingskanaal⁩ in Groningen
‎⁨Verbindingskanaal⁩ in Groningen

Sint Jozefkathedraal
Sint Jozefkathedraal

Sint Jozefkathedraal
Sint Jozefkathedraal

Sint Jozefkathedraal
Sint Jozefkathedraal

Sint Jozefkathedraal

St. Anthony Gasthuis
St. Anthony Gasthuis

Tower of the Martinikerk
Tower of the Martinikerk

Town hall at Grotemarkt - note the flag!
Town hall at Grotemarkt – note the flag!

Lunch time!
Lunch time!

Of course the German has to park in the middle of the square
Of course the German has to park in the middle of the square

The building now houses a supermarket
The building now houses a supermarket

Nice tower
Nice tower

Along the Brugstraat
Along the Brugstraat

The Noordelijk Scheepward Museum
The Noordelijk Scheepward Museum

Another water street
Another water street

View towards Noorderhaven
View towards Noorderhaven

House at Noorderhaven street
House at Noorderhaven street

I think the locals call it the dot. There is also a beach bar.
I think the locals call it the dot. There is also a beach bar.

Perfect spot!
Perfect spot!

At Kolendrift street
At Kolendrift street

Another great sunset at the house
Another great sunset at the house

Fresh from the garden
Fresh from the garden

There was real food as well! Thank you Dee!
There was real food as well! Thank you Dee!

Food!

You get it - I am sure
You get it – I am sure

Off season - the best time
Off season – the best time of the year

Quite and calm
Quite and calm

Enough fun for today!
Enough fun for today!

When you just got the kid out of the water and put the dry cloths on
When you just got the kid out of the water and put the dry cloths on

Quality time in the late afternoon
Quality time in the late afternoon

Blue sky in the day - clouds for a perfect sun set sky!
Blue sky in the day – clouds for a perfect sun set sky!

Bike tour today to ⁨Stavoren⁩.
Bike tour today to ⁨Stavoren⁩.

Coming back from the ‎⁨Ijsselmeer⁩
Coming back from the ‎⁨Ijsselmeer

Nice old boats
Nice old boats

Harbour in Stavoren⁩
Harbour in Stavoren

I love the quiet times in the garden
I love the quiet times in the garden

8:52 at the train station in Stavoren⁩. Gray sky to say good-bye
8:52 at the train station in Stavoren⁩. Gray sky to say good-bye

Waiting for the train to fill up
Waiting for the train to fill up

Dee is inside the phone again
Dee is inside the phone again

10:01 in Leuwaarden. The next train.
10:01 in Leuwaarden. The next train.

11:35 close to Olst
11:35 close to Olst

12:27 in Velp⁩
12:27 in Velp⁩

14:44 in Düsseldorf
14:44 in Düsseldorf

15:12 at Cologne train station
15:12 at Cologne train station

16:02 in Andernach⁩ at the Rhine river
16:02 in Andernach⁩ at the Rhine river

A few minutes later in Kettig⁩
A few minutes later in Kettig⁩

Church in ‎⁨Sankt Goarshausen
Church in ‎⁨Sankt Goarshausen

The famous Loreley
The famous Loreley

18:24 close to Mannheim⁩
18:24 close to Mannheim

19:07 made it to Stuttgart. Took the tram to Marienplatz and now I have to wait for the bus.
19:07 made it to Stuttgart. Took the tram to Marienplatz and now I have to wait for the bus.

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A Week in the Netherlands in Fall 2017 – Part 1

February 8, 2018 at 16:24

Visited Dee and Gerben in Spring in Amsterdam. Now they are back in Mirns – a good time to come over for a week and enjoy the quiet countryside.
Got another one of the less than 100€ Euro travel train tickets both ways. Early in the morning I got up and walked down to the bus station.

6:38 at the bus stop - not a nice time for me
6:38 at the bus stop – not a nice time for me

7:13 in the train with a few croissants and coffee
7:13 in the train with a few croissants and coffee

7:56 in a new train - the other one broke down!
7:56 in a new train – the other one broke down! After 20 minutes I can take any train not only the trains that are printed on my ticket. Great on the way back so you can catch a faster train. Does not help on the way to the Netherlands. The last train station is so small that there are only a few trains a day.

9:49 - along the Rhine river
9:49 – along the Rhine river

8 seconds later
8 seconds later

11:57 and some time to kill in Düsseldorf. It is very ugly next to the train station here
11:57 and some time to kill in Düsseldorf. It is very ugly next to the train station here. So I had a beer in the cold and walked back to catch the next train.

13:05 in the next train
13:05 in the next train

14:37 and we are in the Netherlands since 4 minutes!
14:37 and we are in the Netherlands since 4 minutes!

15:47 in the next train in Zwolle train station
15:47 in the next train in Zwolle train station

Big sky with the church tower of Wirdum in the back
Big sky with the church tower of Wirdum in the back

16:58 at Leuwarden train station
16:58 at Leuwarden train station

17:47 close to ‎⁨Wijtgaard⁩ in ⁨Friesland
17:47 close to ‎⁨Wijtgaard⁩ in ⁨Friesland

And finally at 17:56 in Stavoren⁩ - only 63 minutes late

The old part of Stavoren is built at the harbour. From the train station you walk over the bridge and you are right in the center
The old part of Stavoren⁩ is build at the harbour. From the train station, you walk over the bridge and you are right in the centre. Somehow it is amazing how you can travel from a big city to nowhere with a few train rides. Still, I do not really like to ride the train. Hmmm.

View from the bridge
View from the bridge

Walked down to the shore line to catch a view over the water
Walked down to the shore line to catch a view over the water

This is what I call a room with a view - if you have this room
This is what I call a room with a view – if you have this room

The light towers mark the way for the ships to get to the harbour
The light towers mark the way for the ships to get to the harbour

Walked back to the city supermarket for some food and Gerben
Walked back to the city supermarket for some food. Gerben will pick me up from here.

Nice one!
Nice one!

2,19 € for a small bag of pimped toast bread?
2,19 € for a small bag of pimped toast bread?

There he is - Gerben with the Yellow Submarine
There he is – Gerben with the Yellow Submarine

Close to Warns - the dike to the right
Close to Warns – the dike to the right

Friendly Frieslanders
Friendly Frieslanders

Most of the road is on the dike - great views!
Most of the road is on the dike – great views!

A nice drive that is
A nice drive that is

Sunset at the house in Mirns
Sunset at the house in Mirns

Hello!
Hello!

The house
The house

Nestled in a green corner
Nestled in a green corner

It comes with a little shed full of garden chairs and stuff
It comes with a little shed full of garden chairs and stuff

The garden towards the water in the day
The garden towards the water in the day

Happy Monkey
Happy Monkey

Hello horse!
Hello horse!

Even more happy monkey
Even more happy monkey

Beer o clock - waiting for the show
Beer o clock – waiting for the show

This chair!
This chair!

Now that is what I call great cinema
Now that is what I call great cinema

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Weekend Road-trip France 2017

February 3, 2018 at 15:34

Lily surfed my couch for a few days late August 2017. We took a small road-trip over the weekend: Black Forrest, Switzerland for a beer, France and back again. We stopped in Belfort for the night and I stayed in the Brit Hotel Belfort

Black Forrest

Calw
Calw

Calw
Calw

Freudenstadt
Freudenstadt

Movelier

Quick beer stop in Movelier
Quick beer stop in Movelier

OUI! for the potato!
OUI! for the potato!

Belfort

Decided to circle back to Germany over Belfort and Strasbourg. A quick search online and I found the Brit Hotel Belfort.

Brit Hotel Belfort

The Brit Hotel Belfort is conveniently located a few minutes outside of the city center. It was really clean and quite. The bed was comfortable and I enjoyed the hot shower after a refreshing night.

Brit Hotel Belfort
Brit Hotel Belfort

Brit Hotel Belfort

Brit Hotel Belfort

Brit Hotel Belfort

French Breakfast in Belfort
French Breakfast in Belfort at a small old café opposite the train station

Belfort train station
The Belfort train station opened its doors for travelers in 1858.

Belfort Trainstation
Belfort train station with clock tower

Colmar

Statue of Liberty in Colmar
Wait a minute – is this…

Sure enough!
Sure enough! A replica of the Statue of Liberty in Colmar. The sculptor Frédéric Auguste Barthold was born here. The French put it here to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death. Personally, I would put it somewhere to commemorate his birth or the 100th anniversary of the original in New York and not his death.

Strasbourg

On the way back to Stuttgart we had a few hours to walk a bit in the city. Since it was Sunday the city was packed with tourists. Here are a few pictures from the churches we visit.

Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune Protestant Church

The oldest part dates back to the 7th century. The church has been Lutheran since 1524 and its congregation forms part of the Protestant Church of Augsburg Confession of Alsace and Lorraine.

Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune Protestant Church

Chapelle de la de la Congrégation des soeurs de la charitéSaint-Pierre-le-Jeune Protestant Church

Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune Protestant Church

Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune Protestant Church

Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune protestant

Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune protestant

Strasbourg Cathedral

The French call it Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg. Build on the place of Strasbourg’s previous cathedral dating back to the late 4th century or early 5th century. It was the tallest building in the world from 1647 on for 227 years!

Strasbourg Cathedral

Strasbourg Cathedral

Strasbourg Cathedral

Strasbourg Cathedral

The astronomical clock
The astronomical clock is more a computer than a clock. You should read more about it on Wikipedia

‎⁨Strasbourg
The Strasbourg Cathedral in the back

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