Keith on May 30th, 2010

We are currently on a site at Freienbrink, south east of Berlin, close to the E55 motorway.  The countryside reminds us of the UK in the early sixties, pre farming on an industrial scale.   Water meadows grazed by cattle, unimproved grassland, clean rivers and open countryside, woodlands that are free to walk through. We have [...]

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Keith on May 30th, 2010

Sanssouci park and palaces are on the outskirts of Potsdam.  We entered four of the palaces, they are very grand and luxurious and we were palaced out, giving up on the others.  Wish we had simply walked around the grounds and visited Potsdam itself.  Never mind it was enjoyable. Two interesting dates in modern history [...]

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Keith on May 30th, 2010

Berlin, as capital cities go, is not to crowded.  We took the tour bus to start with, a journey time of two hours fifteen minutes, most of that was stationary at traffic lights etc.  Thought it might give us an oversight of  particular locations that we wanted to explore in more detail.  We had purchased [...]

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Keith on May 30th, 2010

Try putting that in the spell checker.  It is a railway network in the Hertz region of Germany that still extensively uses steam locomotion.  One of its routes is to Brocken, a hill with extensive 360 ° views of the surrounding area, used until 1988 by the East Germans to monitor its neighbours.  We decided to [...]

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Keith on May 30th, 2010

Not us, the Hebrides.  Those of you who have followed our travels from the early days will know that we visited the outer Hebrides, they are beautiful. We have become aware, through a variety of sources that, in 2009, the numbers of motor homes visiting these islands increased dramatically, estimates suggest 114%. This lead to extensive [...]

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Keith on May 23rd, 2010

Yes its a bird, don’t groan.  As it’s name suggest it is a type of finch, a little bigger than a sparrow, about the size of a green finch.  The male is a very handsome feller with a golden crown and an awesome beak.  That beak, apparently, is capable of exerting a pressure equal to [...]

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Keith on May 23rd, 2010

Felt we should explain for the benefit of those of you that are not aware of how we access the Internet. Mounted on the van is a satellite dish, this allows us to watch television, listen to the radio or go on the net.  However, not all at the same time. www.icopter.com Using the Internet is relatively [...]

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Keith on May 22nd, 2010

We have been having some foul weather which has discouraged us from getting about to much, the last two days have been good. The previous two days it rained heavily for most of the time, to the extent that, on Thursday morning, we awoke to ankle deep water surrounding the van.

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Keith on May 22nd, 2010

This part of Germany is rich in towns with beautiful old buildings and, you wont find them on the tourist map. Wernigerode is one of these towns, lots of historic, functioning buildings.  Walking amongst them is a pleasant experience with lots to explore. Photographs can only give you a taster of the intricate details, some are works of [...]

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Keith on May 22nd, 2010

Home to the pied piper, we found this by default. Conversation one evening, it was raining, again.  Keith, isn’t Hamlin in Germany? Jan, not sure. Keith was studying the map looking for places to visit, low and behold, Hamlin, not too far away. So we visited.

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