Alarm at 7. I slept well, we leave the window open at night for fresh air, so the room is chilly but I'm warm under the thick blanket. We already have a plan for today, so it's just the usual routine to get ready. I run out of ham when fixing lunch, so use the… Continue reading Dicke Tannen
Alarm at 7, up at 8. I realized yesterday evening why we're getting up later, it's because we stay up late, reading in bed. Definitely a necessary part of holidaying. It's pretty sunny outside, though according to wetter.de it's only 3° C. I go out to get our lunch bread rolls and it's perfect walking… Continue reading Loop to Sorge
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
Alarm at seven, breakfast at eight. I remember that I have two bananas here, left over from home, and decide to have a toasted bread slice with choco and then banana slices on top. It's a small banana, but also a small slice, so the pieces are about 15 mm thick, takes some coordination to… Continue reading Down from the Wurmberg
Alarm at 7, up at 8. If you've read yesterday's post, you'll know we don't have breakfast., but according to Google both the bakery and grocery nearby in the village should be open, so I put on some warm clothes and get out there. The bakery has bread rolls (which we need for lunch) and… Continue reading Hike in the Harz
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!
Breakfast is served at the table in a large, empty dining room, I think we must be the only guests in this hotel. Some restaurant and hotel people say it's a bit quiet, but not too bad, mainly the foreign tourists are missing. Other hotel owners say it's been too quiet and are worried about… Continue reading A short way back home
The usual breakfast routine, the restaurant chef brings us a selection of fruits, cheeses and meats and makes us eggs on demand. Out before nine, we decide to do a little detour to see the Venner Moor nature reserve that gives the hotel its name. We can't see much of it from the road and… Continue reading Up
Up at seven, breakfast half an hour later, gone before nine. Today will probably the hottest day of the week and I prepped some packing yesterday, just so we could leave early enough. Arne wakes up a bit woozy, he's always been a bit bothered like that by antihistamines. Hopefully the grumpiness disappears during the… Continue reading Views from hills
Not a good night, I would say. Too hot! And too itchy! We opened the windows at some point, desperate to the point that we're willing to risk the extra bug bite and that seems to help a bit. Not many bugs either, I suppose the swallows and bats take care of those. A wet… Continue reading Itchy! And hot!
Up at seven after a good night's sleep, under just the sheet and with our head at the foot end to catch more air circulation. I'm not sure if any of it made a difference, but can't have hurt. The bug bites were pretty itchy though.. We put on our masks to go down for… Continue reading A bit of an effort
Quite warm in the room, there's a fan but even so I take the blanket out of the sheet and use the sheet to sleep under. Alarm at seven, we put on our decent clothes and a mouth mask to go to breakfast downstairs. It's strange.. you can take the mouth mask off only when… Continue reading Deer!
Alarm at seven, we slept okay, not too hot in the room fortunately. We go down to the breakfast room, they have just switched back to the classic buffet system, but ask that you follow a one way tour throughout the area to avoid close contact with others, though there is no requirement to wear… Continue reading Sunny hills
Today is Sunday and tonight we are sleeping in Beckum. Up at seven, the usual weekend breakfast and afterwards we can start packing. We had a family BBQ in our patio yesterday, fortunately everybody helped clean up and the state of the house is not so bad, but we will have to tidy a bit,… Continue reading the first schnitzel
Our first holiday of the year is only a few days away! After our winter holiday in Gerardmer in December 2019 we had plans to take a long week with family in the spring, but these of course got cancelled due to corona. We planned to take a week off and picked the end of… Continue reading Preparation!
We followed the northern and western loop of the 100 Schlösser Route by bike (non-electric), taking our own luggage from hotel to hotel. Usually we had a picnic for lunch and a hot meal in the evening, in the hotel restaurant or nearby. The final statistics : Total distance: 625 kmDuration: 7.5 cycling days and… Continue reading summary
Only one more thing to do: cycle back to Münster, where we left our car more than eight days ago. First though I got to fix my front wheel, I noticed yesterday evening that it seemed wobbly and it looks like it's not properly fastened onto the wheel fork anymore. No problem as usual, just… Continue reading last day
A light breakfast and off we go around nine as usual. The sky is clear and it's pretty cold in the shadow, my odometer says it's 11° Celcius. Not quite cold enough for gloves, but I'm happy with the extra merino wool layer - I'm up to four layers and a scarf now. We're still… Continue reading more hilly than expected
We're ready to leave even earlier than before, but right as we want to sweep out of the castle courtyard Arne's luggage frame drops right off his bike. It seems it was being held on the bike with four screws, which have all come loose. No problem, we get the bags off, MacGyver it back… Continue reading deer
Nowhere to be today, we're just staying in Anholz. We still get up at seven though, this is so ingrained that we usually wake up before the alarm goes off. We have a copious breakfast and try to take it really slow, but even so we're done at half past eight. No problem, we pack… Continue reading a day off
So warm in the room, we left the windows wide open during the night and the shutters a bit open, so they let through a bit of cool air, but still not much improvement. We really must start remembering looking for hotels with airconditioning when travelling in the summer. Breakfast around seven in the big… Continue reading westwards