Alarm at seven, up at eight, it's turning out to be a real lazy holiday.. I feel perfectly fine, warm under the bedcover, but with the first steps out of bed I can tell it's a good idea to take a day off: my calf muscles are quite sore. It becomes better after moving around… Continue reading Quedlinburg, Roßtrappe & Rappbodetalsperre
It's a Saturday and we're still at home, so the bedside alarm is set at 7. Doesn't matter, we always get up at 7 on vacation days anyway. Today we drive to Braunlage, in the Harz region of Germany. Even though it's been a busy September, I did find some time to prepare and we're… Continue reading Holiday! Finally!
Up at six, lots to do today! Arne wants to spend some quality time with his computer, so after breakfast I head over to my Mom to continue our sewing projects. We're making a fleece vest and the first job is to make a pattern. That's my Mom's specialty and not really something I can… Continue reading hop east
we have a five day holiday planned in the Vosges mountains in France and as usual it starts with lots of packing. For only the second time ever we've rented a studio instead of booking a hotel room, so the packing requires a bit more thought than usual. I did prepare and make a few… Continue reading to the Vosges
We forgot to move the alarm clock, so up at 6 am it is. We finish up the last fruit and porridge, take care of some administration and then start packing. No stress, our starting point Münster is only a three hour drive away so we want to leave in the early afternoon and have… Continue reading to Münster
This morning I make an effort and refuse to open my book until it's almost seven. We reserved a breakfast slot at eight fifteen, there is time to kill and I browse through the online documentation about the New Forest, trying to find the best walk to do this morning. In the end we follow… Continue reading lots of traffic
Wwhat a stressful day. we wanted to leave home by noon, but got a text from the Eurotunnel warning of delays at the border, so we had to leave earlier and take a different route. the only thing that was actually finished on the morning of departure was the laundry.. so my clothes are clean… Continue reading cars on a train
early out of bed, we want to take advantage of the mild morning temperatures to take a walk through the Wilhemshöhe Bergpark. there is an app that has all the info, though we get mixed signals about whether the impressive waterfall system will be operational. on the website it says there is maintenance, other sites say… Continue reading home!
no rush today, we need to do about 400 kilometers from Lübeck to Kassel. even taking into account the expected roadworks and traffic jams we have plenty of time to take it easy. up at eight, breakfast around nine: since this is a big business hotel the buffet is extensive. we enjoy it to the… Continue reading to Kassel
we're visiting the island today. sounds simple enough, but it has a surface area of 1342 km² so we'll have to make some choices if we want to make it out before dark. we set off for the northernmost point and first visit Långe Erik, one of the many light houses on the island. we don't… Continue reading Öland
after packing, cleaning up a bit and hugging everybody goodbye, we hop into the car for the road east. today's goal is to reach Öland, according to Google Maps a five hour drive and 389 km. seems slow, but there are very few highways in this area. we'll have plenty of time to visit stuff… Continue reading to the east coast
we've had a very bad night.. the room was so warm that we had to resort to cold wet towels in the midde of the night! there was another big rainstorm and it got a bit better afterwards, so I think we've managed the minimum hours of sleep for full functionality. today's schedule is ruled… Continue reading animals all around
I have mentioned this before, but it's worth repeating: it's very hot out here. the newspapers tell us it's hot all over the world and Belgium has had the hottest Friday July 27th ever! I believe Frederikshavn and Göteborg actually might be relatively cool because they're right at the seaside and there is a refreshing… Continue reading Hot!
after a comfortable night's sleep in the air-conditioned hotel room and a breakfast on the rooftop terrace, we walk back to the car park with our luggage. it's a week day so there's quite some movement in town, even though all the shops are still closed at this hour of nine. in the spirit of… Continue reading Neue Deutsche Härte
we have a busy morning: I'm working until noon while Arne prepares the house for a two week absence. We had such a busy time the last days that we still have to pack when I get off from work. This however motivates us to pack quickly: usually we would dither and doubt about how… Continue reading on the road again
We're meeting up with some friends in Sweden end of July and will spend a couple of days catching up, taking sauna's, watching the kids play and generally taking it easy. We could of course fly there just for the midweek but we figured a little adventure is in order so we're taking a road… Continue reading Road trip to Sweden
Shoes are waxed, everything’s washed so we fill up the trunk and get ready to leave around nine thirty. It should be a 6 hour drive and it’s a Sunday, so we’re not expecting any traffic jams. Everything goes smoothly, we switch drivers every two hours and have a quick meal in a rest stop.… Continue reading drive to Hinterzarten
Important Note: I did not write this during the journey, but only in 2019 when adding the journal to the blog. After a leisurely breakfast we set out on the last leg of our trip home. We follow the Valley of the Seven Castles. The drive itself is charming: green fields and forests, blue skies,… Continue reading Mersch to home
Important Note: I did not write this during the journey, but only in 2019 when adding the journal to the blog. Today we drive to Luxembourgh, that's about 345 km so we have plenty of time to visit stuff on the way. We start with Kaysersberg, recently voted the prettiest village in France. We park… Continue reading Colmar to Mersch
Important Note: I did not write this during the journey, but only in 2019 when adding the journal to the blog. We leave the car at the hotel and walk to the Basel zoo, arriving just at opening time. We spend most of the day here, having a sausage in a bun for lunch. We… Continue reading Basel to Colmar
The weather is grey and foggy, but by the time we set off (after a disappointing breakfast) it’s starting to clear up. We drive towards the Trümmelbach waterfalls, following a picturesque highway passing by lakes and through tunnels. The drive up to the falls is very nice, with views of the canyon valley and snowy… Continue reading Altdorf to Basel