Blog: 2007

A Visit to Limburg Cathedral

Posted on December 28, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Yesterday we drove to Limburg, which is an hour down the Autobahn on the way to Mainz. We had seen its cathedral from the road on the way to Mainz and had to go back to check it out. We found convenient (just downhill from the cathedral) but somewhat dingy parking at the City Parkhaus and ventured out into the cold. Limburg is a great town. It's on a hillside overlooking a river and the old town is very well preserved...

Solo Church Crawling in Cologne

Posted on December 21, 2007 by Holly Hayes
David has been sick with a nasty cold all week, so we haven't been on any further car trips since my last report. And as bad timing would have it, we have had beautiful weather this week - clear and sunny every day, although very cold. Highs are only in the 20s F and the frost is building up in layers so it looks like snow. Blue sky is hard to come by in the winter, so on Wednesday and Thursday I took the tram into Cologne by myself and visited as many of the city's 12 Romanesque churches as I could...

A Sunny Day Out in Bonn

Posted on December 17, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Yesterday we were ready to take a break from all our busy photography trips, but it was a beautiful day so we took a short trip into Bonn. We drove this time, mainly to avoid waiting for the tram in the cold. We had lunch at the Christmas market (David tried some Hungarian Paprika Gulasch in a bread bowl and loved it) and I took lots of pictures of the east end of the Munster, and then we headed back home...

Day Trip to Mainz

Posted on December 17, 2007 by Holly Hayes
On Saturday we took a day trip to Mainz, a cathedral city about an hour and a half southeast of our place in Bornheim. David really enjoyed the drive, as it was on the famous Autobahn the entire way. We drove along at about 85 mph most of the time, with people whizzing by us in the fast lane at 120 mph! It didn't feel very scary, though, since (knock on wood) German drivers seem to pay attention and do obey the speed limit when there is one...

A Splendid Day Out in Cologne

Posted on December 14, 2007 by Holly Hayes
We had a very nice day in Cologne yesterday. It was even sunny most of the day! We rode the tram all the way there, which was smooth and not very crowded. We hung out in several different Christmas markets (Cologne has at least five, I think), and tried a new dish: This is schupfnudeln: potato dumplings fried in a pan with sauerkraut and topped with sour cream...

Romanesque Churches of Bonn

Posted on December 13, 2007 by Holly Hayes
It is great to have David back from London (where he went to see a Led Zepplin concert). His flight was smooth and 20 minutes early, his baggage showed up on the belt as soon as he arrived, the car rental process was efficient, and he was home after less than 15 minutes' drive on the freeway. He said it was so good to be back in Germany. We had considered various long-term options for our German car rental but decided to go a week at a time, since we may not always need to have a car...

David in London, Hobnobbing with the Stars

Posted on December 11, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Kate Moss, Mick Jagger Rock at the Led Zeppelin Show David and his friend Ron were in some pretty famous company at the Led Zeppelin concert last night! In addition to the two pictured above, the audience included Paul McCartney, Paris Hilton, Naomi Campbell, Michael J. Fox, Juliette Lewis, Lisa Marie Presley and Pink. David had a very good time and said Led Zeppelin sounded great...

The Week in Review

Posted on December 7, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Here are some brief highlights of our rather uneventful, but nice, week. Wednesday In the late afternoon on Wednesday we went for a longish walk (about an hour) along the Rhine. It was cold and windy but very enjoyable. We hope to walk all the way to Bonn sometime soon, which would be about 3 miles. Then we can take the tram back! Boats, ducks, and the village of Mondorf in the distance Warning: road ends, rather abruptly...

First Visit to Bonn

Posted on December 3, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Today we took the tram into Bonn from our village on the outskirts. The tram is nice and smooth and the station is only a couple blocks from our house. We just walk through our neighborhood, cross a road, and there it is. And from there it is only a 10 minute ride to the heart of Bonn. The tram Bonn street scene We really enjoyed our afternoon in Bonn...

Our New Home in Germany

Posted on December 2, 2007 by Holly Hayes
We live in Germany, hooray!! Moving day went very smoothly yesterday, with a mostly pleasant and easy drive across Belgium, across a bit of the Netherlands, and into Germany. We stopped at a rest stop just over the German border and even the fast food available there looked and smelled delicious. We found our apartment with no problem thanks to sat-nav, and our new landlord came out to meet us when we drove up...

A Drive in the Netherlands and More Bruges

Posted on November 30, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Yesterday we took a drive north from Bruges into the Netherlands. It's not far away at all, and thanks to the European Union we hardly noticed when we crossed the border. There's just a small sign on the side of the road to mark the spot. We were in the region of Zeeland, which is the westernmost part of the country and runs along the coast north of Belgium...

Day Trip to Ghent from Bruges

Posted on November 30, 2007 by Holly Hayes
View over Ghent I'm very sorry for the delay between posts. I've been a slacker, but it sure has been nice to spend the evenings relaxing in front of the TV and then going straight to bed! We realized today that this is the longest we've ever been on the road, and we are so ready to be settled in our new home in Germany. Sightseeing is wonderful and we're very thankful to be able to do so much of it, but it will be nice to keep it to a few days a week once we live here! We still can't believe we'll be living on the Continent soon...

Bruges Day 1

Posted on November 26, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Today was mostly cold and rainy and we were really tired, but we still had a nice time exploring Bruges. The architecture is very Dutch-looking and much of it is made of brick, which makes an interesting change from the stone buildings of southern England. There are little alleyways and many canals running through the city, both of which are lined with chocolate shops and lace shops...

From Oxford to Belgium in a Stuffed Car

Posted on November 25, 2007 by Holly Hayes
*Goede avond* from Brugge (aka Bruges)! We are absolutely thrilled to be on the Continent and beginning the next phase of our adventures. This morning in Oxford, we attempted for the first time to put all the stuff we'd accumulated over two years into our little car. It was no mean feat and was accomplished almost entirely by the physical and mental dexterity of David...

Inside an Oxford Graduation

Posted on November 25, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Yesterday was almost entirely occupied by my graduation ceremony, which was complicated and rather exhausting but also fun and memorable. I was proud to be a part of it and now I really *feel* like an Oxford graduate. That's the nice thing about ceremonies. The day started at 11:45 with the "signing of the graces" at my college. This mainly consisted of signing a list to show that I was present...

Last Days in Oxford

Posted on November 24, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Yesterday morning in London we did no more sightseeing, but instead sat around and enjoyed our beautiful hotel room until we were required to leave at 12:00. Then David retrieved the car from the nearby parking lot while I checked out, and we were on our way. The drive went very well, thanks to another lovely sunny day, the guidance of our sat nav, and being on the west side of London...

London Day 2

Posted on November 24, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Thursday we took another marathon walk through a remarkably sunny London. This time we started with Kings Road in Chelsea, which is one of my favorite areas of London (despite a general lack of historic buildings). We did some good window shopping at wonderful stores like Muji and Molton Brown. Muji store window Then we looked for a place to have a late breakfast since it wasn't included at our posh hotel...

London Day 1

Posted on November 23, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Happy Black Friday to those in America! I hope no one hurt themselves out shopping today! So, to begin the promised details of London. On our first full day in the city (Wednesday), it was cloudy starting out but beautifully blue the rest of the day. We followed a walking route we've taken before and like very much, and we had such a great time looking around and taking pictures...

Greenwich and Kensington, London

Posted on November 20, 2007 by Holly Hayes
I'm happy to report we made it successfully across London without any damage to the car or the nerves of the occupants. It took us about an hour to drive nine miles from the east side to the west side, but it was never gridlocked and just a lot of traffic lights. We are now comfortably settled in the Parkcity Hotel in Kensington, which we've stayed in before and really, really like...

Canterbury

Posted on November 19, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Canterbury is a smallish town but it is the spiritual capital of England, for two reasons. First, it was the headquarters and burial place of St Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury. He was sent from Rome by Pope Gregory to convert the English from paganism in 597. A monastery and cathedral were established there, and many important archbishops and abbots were buried there...