Monday, 23 July 2012

So far.. Köln Cologne, Wiesbaden, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Baden Baden

After we left rainy Netherlands the first stop was Köln or Cologne as we know it in English, very busy and touristy city.  We had a few hours there mingling with locals, had an 'eis' - ice cream, walked in front of their famous cathedral and on banks of the river Rhine.  We saw interesting buildings while driving over the old bridge and than we headed towards beautiful Wiesbaden.


Wiesbaden was very warm and busy, pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the city.  We parked the car at Hessian State Theatre and had a nice walk through the crowded park towards the city centre.  

Our next destination was Heidelberg, romantic city with a beautiful castle on top which was very impressive.
Karlsruhe was the next city we visited, the birth place of Karl Benz, the famous car inventor.  Have to say, small German cities are really charming in their own right. 

Arrived to Baden Baden late at night, had a rally nice walk through the deserted city centre which we liked so much that we had to come back tomorrow to see it properly.  It was raining all day tomorrow but the city was still pretty. 

We didn't have internet for days so could not update earlier.  We arrived to Ulm on Friday night on the 20th of July and had a great time staying at our old friends house.   The photos will be uploaded as soon as we can. 
Ulm deserves a separate post so stay tuned.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The view from our hotel window in Landgraaf

What do you expect to see through your hotel room window? Certainly not this!

We are in a beautiful hotel "Landgoed Overste Hof" on a lovely lake which was built on the farm, its still a working farm but only with a few animals left.  
Very charming place and great for having a break from a big city like London (which I still consider the best city in the world).
Today I had a very enjoyable an hour long run around a lake and surrounding woods.  While running I passed by a few fellow runners and cyclists and all of them were greeting me with "hoy".  Nice!

Tomorrow we will be heading towards Germany, leaving this beautiful country. One doesn't actually see the borders, only sings informing you that you're in a "different country". Amazing, isn't it?
Stay tuned!

Breakfast at Landgoed Overste Hof Langdraaf

Having breakfast while it's raining heavily outside, it's quite enjoyable.
Very nice view but it would be great if we can go out cycling, It's Netherlands after all.
We're here until tomorrow so not much time left to see the area.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Snowboarding at SnowWorld Landgraaf

After two and a half months in London we're again on snow. 
SnowWorld Landgraaf, Netherlands is the largest indoor slope in the World. There's even a proper chairlift which at first sight feels weird but is much needed since the slope is 520 metres long with a total of 35,000 m² of snow.