Author Archives: David Horton

Day 56: Finals in Frankfurt

This was our final sightseeing day, tomorrow we return our car and fly back home.  We are in Frankfurt, a large German city that is known also as “Bankfurt” (it is the banking centre of Germany, and indeed the EU), … Continue reading

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Day 54 and 55: Castle Rheinfels

For our final full day in the region we elected to go over to the even bigger water thoroughfare of Germany, the might Rhine River, and in particular to the ruins of Rhienfels Castle, which was the largest castle (of … Continue reading

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Day 53: Roman Trier

The city of Trier is upstream of us on the Mosel river, and was the capital of the western Roman Empire.  It has a large collection of Roman ruins, many well preserved and functional.  This was our destination for our … Continue reading

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Day 52: Burg Eltz

The main activity for today was to visit Burg Eltz, a medieval castle which has never been destroyed, and in fact has been owned by the Eltz family for about 850 years.  It is situated in a valley, but on … Continue reading

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Day 51: On to Wine Country

Another travel day, leaving the wonders of LegoLand (which was good for the kids) for the wonders of the WineLand (good for us adults), known hereabouts as the shores of the Mosel river.  We are staying in Zell, above a … Continue reading

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Day 48: More Castles

Today, like yesterday, was again about castles.  But not the cushy romantic reproductions of the rich like yesterday, but rather a nearby set of 4 castles and fortresses that were built for, and put to entirely original, defensive purpose. The … Continue reading

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Day 47: Mad Castles and Downhill Fun

Today we spent visiting two of the castles of “mad” King Ludwig.  This is Ludwig II, who grew up with Wagner and a very idealized view of medieval times (e.g. Romanticism).  His fantastic family resort castle (Hohenschwangau), built on a … Continue reading

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Day 44: No Kids in Munich

We took Tania up on her offer to look after the kids today, and after seeing them off to the Deutsches Museum (sorta science and tech and aerospace in one), Sara and I were off on our own.  Unfortunately, it … Continue reading

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Day 43: Munich in the rain

Let me begin by saying that several times today, Sara would turn to everyone and exclaim of Tania “I can’t believe you are here in Munich!” After a lovely breakfast buffet, we headed out on the U-Bahn (subway) and transfered … Continue reading

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Day 41: Zagreb on Holiday

Our only full day in Zagreb, today, happens to be a national holiday called “Victory Day“, or more completely “Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian Defenders”.  While it is a holiday and many businesses (and museums) … Continue reading

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