Up at seven! We’re ambitious today and want to both walk and visit a castle, so we try to be a bit more efficient with our morning routine. For the walk, last week I investigated the sights, the paths and parking options and came up with a tour of about 12 km. The parking is… Continue reading Bunkers
Up at seven thirty today, though I woke up a few times before that (again). We’re close by a road with quite some traffic, plus we slept with the windows open to cool the room down, hence the hiccups. We take our entire electronics stock down for breakfast: phone & tablet for organising the day,… Continue reading Flexible loop
Since we were in so late yesterday, we decided to forgo an alarm. I wake up a few times during the night, but suddenly it’s eight thirty. We have a leisurely breakfast - I combine American pancakes with vanilla sauce and mixed nuts and love it - and discuss the options for today. It’s only… Continue reading Sequoias etc
Our procession to Echternach (and back)
The breakfast buffet opens at eight, so we set the alarm at half past seven and as usual on a holiday, wake up before it starts ringing. We meet our friends downstairs and load up on calories for a big hike. The bread rolls are excellent, but the pain au chocolat and croissant only mediocre.… Continue reading Our procession to Echternach (and back)
Up at 6:10, the usual time for a Friday. We have a day off and have a long weekend planned, so we pack, give the cats extra food and impatiently wait for our pick-up. They’re a bit late and I’m very eager, vibrating with the eagerness to get going. Our friends arrive around nine and… Continue reading To Echternach
A day by the sea
Up at eight. Eight! It’s just that there’s nothing to do early in the morning, plus restaurants start serving lunch only at two or so, so we’re shifting our whole day out of whack. First job is to get the DHL shipment ready, so after a quick run to the bakery and a breakfast of… Continue reading A day by the sea
Under the Zinnkopf
Today should be a snowy day, I mean it'll snow on and off the whole day. At breakfast we go over the different options: we'd like to walk in the forest again, but have exhausted the local options if we stick to approved routes for winter hiking. We decide to drive to the next valley… Continue reading Under the Zinnkopf
The balloonists called yesterday evening to confirm that they would be flying today, so this morning at ten thirty we show up at the camping site they use for take off and landing. We've been seeing these hot air balloons in the sky the last few days and we're really excited to go up ourselves,… Continue reading Frillensee
Today is a resting day, that means no backpacks, no heavy hiking boots and not too much snow. We are planning to visit Herrenchiemsee, a 238 ha island in the Chiemsee lake, not to far from where we're sleeping. The morning dawns clear, without the usual blanket of fog, but the temperature is well below… Continue reading Herrenchiemsee
Since we finished our walk so early yesterday, we decided to slow down a bit: up at seven thirty, breakfast at eight and we start walking around ten. It should be another sunny, cloudless day and I put on the same combination of layers. Our route starts from the hotel, leads us eastward out of… Continue reading Bäckeralmrunde
8:547:187:08 Alarm at seven, we've asked for breakfast at seven thirty. We're staying in an Aparthotel, where you basically rent an appartment but get all the services of a hotel if you want them, including breakfast. The friendly young lady who welcomed us yesterday had asked if we had any preferences and we said we'd… Continue reading Snow!
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
Loop to Sorge
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
Down from the Wurmberg
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
Hike in the Harz
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
Up at 7! We're not doing much today, so no rush to leave early. We pack for two nights out - it's about the same thing as we would take for a week, except the underwear and pill count. We spend ten minutes searching the library for the next book in Arne's list: he's reading… Continue reading Wildlife spotting
Our last day here in the Ardennes.. Unfortunately that means extra work in the morning: pack everything, tidy the house and load the car. We drive off around ten with a full trunk, but are by now smart enough to keep the hiking stuff on the back seat, we'll need that soon! This morning we… Continue reading Squirrel!
101 Waltzes and Polkas
The cell phone alarm starts ringing at seven and when it wakes me, I realize today is a day off and we don't actually have plans. So I stay in bed, reading a book. After Arne also opens his eyes about an hour later, we get up and discuss the entertainment options for the day… Continue reading 101 Waltzes and Polkas
a beautiful day
When we get up this morning the sun is shining and there's not a cloud to see in the sky! We decide on a 15 km walk right on the border with Germany, once again from the 'Pleasure Walks' book/website. We drive through Eupen (listening to ancient Pure Music cd's - or rather the Spotify… Continue reading a beautiful day
not fens, bogs!
We're getting used to having nothing to do but walk, cook and eat! We're going through the books and TV entertainment quickly, but luckily we came prepared with much to read and watch, so we're not worried that we'll get bored. After the usual morning routine (with some leftover chicken berberé for the sandwhiches today),… Continue reading not fens, bogs!
Today is predicted to be the rainiest day, so we decide during breakfast to do a woodsy walk in the hope that the trees will protect us a bit. We pick a walk from the flyer of the OstBelgien tourisme office, it's a bit further away - about half an hour by car - but… Continue reading Rainy..