FUN-travel: Bremen to Cologne, Germany

August 7, 2014 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Bremen to Cologne, Germany 

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DOM

Day 32 – Friday, August 1 – Bremen to Cologne, Germany – full sun – high 70’s

What I LIKE

  • 7:00 – wake up – good night sleep
  • 8:00 – get up for good hot coffee
  • 9:30 – breakfast – great variety & selections – sandwich to go
  • 10:00 – ready & load car
  • 10:30 – rental car has navigation
  • – Chris figures it out
  • – Garmin works after being turned off
  • 10:55 – have 2 navigation systems & Ipod works! incredible
  • 12:00 – find 1 more cigarette lighter!
  • 12:45 – gas & toilet stop
  • 12:55 – hilarious! time spent trying to figure out gas door
  • 1:30 – traffic moves better – all about merging 4 lanes to 3 then 2
  • 3:00 – arrive Hilton Cologne – right near city center & Dom (gigantic cathedral)
  • Wifi works @ Hilton! – free in lobby
  • – & it’s Ibahn like the Marriott Berlin – go figure
  • More unbelievable weather!
  • 5:00 – walk to Dom – city center filled w/lots of outdoor cafés
  • 5:30 – happy hour – Lederer for beer (1 liter) & French fries = $12 Euro – what a deal!
  • 6:30 – walk to Rhine river for stroll along banks
  • 2 nice German ladies ask to sit at table – strike up conversation

FUN-food – Funkhaus – on plaza just up from Lederer – salmon on basil mashed potato w/tomato & zucchini – spinach, goat cheese (more like a brie), fig, bell pepper, tomato, endive – Gougenheim 2010 Malbec, Mendoza = $61 Euro

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  • 8:30 – stroll back thru Dom plaza
  • – lots of people out & about – cathedral lit up

What I DON’T LIKECologne, Germany 2014 20

  • 10:30 – GPS frozen – Satellites not found
  • 11:55 – GPS not charging
  • – cigarette lighter on dash doesn’t work
  • – need 1 for GPS & 1 for Ipod
  • 12:45 – can’t figure out how to open gas cap door
  • – can’t read manual in German
  • – ask man w/an Opel car like ours – doesn’t know either
  • – finally get another man who can read
  • – all doors have to be unlocked for it to work
  • – have to pay .70 Euro for toilet – get .50 back to spend in overpriced store
  • 1:10 – traffic comes to complete standstill
  • 2:45 – both navigation showing different exits – go figure!
  • Wifi costs $20 Euro for 24 hrs in room

FUN-fact – The only reason to stay at Hiltons is for creature comforts. You know what you’ll get. A nice big room & bed with an English speaking staff. We prefer boutique hotels but there’s a lot to be said for knowing you’ll have AC when there’s a heat wave going on.

FUN-travel: Warnemünde to Bremen, Germany

August 6, 2014 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Warnemünde to Bremen, Germany 

Day 31 – Thursday, July 31 – Warnemünde to Bremen, Germany – full sun w/light wispy clouds – high 70’s

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What I LIKE Bremen, Germany 2014 11

  • 8:40 – Hertz is just across street – little bit of a line
  • 9:10 – luggage loaded & GPS works
  • 9:55 – finally figure out radio & get Ipod music
  • More unbelievable weather! Sunshine & mid 70’s – clouds come & go
  • 12:30 – nice drive & arrive Walter Hotel in Bremen
  • Free parking on street across from hotel
  • #1 rated on TA
  • OOPSIE! – forgot to check for AC & elevator
  • Room has French doors to patio & 2 windows
  • – open all and get good air flow
  • Wifi works at hotel!
  • – really more like B & B
  • Unbelievable! Skyped & computered for 5 hrs!
  • 5:30 – explore city by foot
  • – only 15 min walk to main square on river
  • What a sweet jewel of a city!
  • – old & quaint w/beautiful facades w/statues & gold adornments
  • – green top spired churches
  • Ask for wine shop – finally find it after walking past it 2 times
  • Weinkontor St. Petrus off main square down narrow little alley on way to Radisson Blu
  • – ask for fruit forward wine – suggests
  • – Tarapaca 2010 Maipo Chile red blend = $12 Euro – take to go

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FUN-food: Malbec Wine Bar & Tapas – sweet little spot on Langenstrassa just off main square –Bremen, Germany 2014 20 sparkle water – tapas = 4 small square plates inside 1 big square plate – ordered what other customer had – have no idea what it is –  but tastes good! – 2012 Septima Malbec = $45 Euro – Waiter Ollie is the best!

  • 9:15 – walk back to hotel
  • 10:30 – take sleeping pill

What I DON’T LIKE

  • Have to haggle w/Hertz over extra charges – takes 10 mins
  • – all the added insurance over $250 Euros
  • – we have to pay $350 Euro for drop charge in Amsterdam
  • (still cheaper than taking the train)
  • 9:20 – GPS stuck on recalculating
  • Have no idea how to get radio off the preset buttons
  • Email doesn’t send & receive
  • Only english on TV is bad movie & BBC (been watching that for last 11 days)

FUN-fact – My other travel motto is, “Its 5 o’clock somewhere and I want to be somewhere by 5 o’clock. The original plan was to drive to Cologne today and then on to Weimer to see Buchenwald and then to Bremen. I feel like I have seen enough concentration camps in the last year and having only a short 3 hour drive is so much more enjoyable! We changed the plan to one night in Bremen and 2 nights in Cologne.

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