Blog: January 2008

A Great Day Out in Bonn

Posted on January 29, 2008 by Holly Hayes
Thursday was a rainy day but we felt like going somewhere and taking pictures, so we drove into Bonn to check out the Rheinisches Landesmuseum (Rhineland Regional Museum). It was FAN-TASTIC. Here's some goofball munching on a pretzel outside the museum and apparently staring at a garbage can. Actually, it's a historical marker about the medieval pilgrimage to Santiago that passed this way...

Maria Laach, Take Two

Posted on January 25, 2008 by Holly Hayes
On Wednesday we headed back to Maria Laach for a chance at enjoying it in the daylight. We spent several hours there and had such a good time. The church is so awesome and in such a beautiful scenic location on a lake. The weather was iffy but we got sufficient sunbreaks for nice photos and nature walks. Maria Laach Abbey was founded in 1093 by Count Heinrich II von Laach and his wife, who lived in a castle across the lake...

This und That

Posted on January 21, 2008 by Holly Hayes
I've been mighty lazy about blogging lately, and it's been really wonderful to have David taking over a bit! But now it's time for me to stop procrastinating and catch up a little too. We haven't done a lot of traveling in the last week, since it has been gray and rainy most of the time. But it has been a whole lot warmer (highs in the 50s!), which makes daily life more pleasant...

A New Rental Car (by David)

Posted on January 17, 2008 by Holly Hayes
Hello David here again. Today it was time to make a trip to the Bonn Airport and change out our rental car. We have been going back and forth from Avis to Hertz, choosing the best online deal at the time. Generally I have been amazed by how sporty and fun the cars have been. Only once have we gotten a complete turkey, a 1.6 liter Ford Focus, which was promptly exchanged for an Audi A3 the next day...

Aachen Revisited (and a Few Cologne Snaps)

Posted on January 11, 2008 by Holly Hayes
This week's excursion was to Aachen, which is quite handily located about 45 minutes directly west, near the Netherlands border. Like Trier, we had visited it in 2005 but felt was well worth a re-visit. The weather was generally grey and cold as usual (what is this, winter?) but fortunately nearly all of the attractions were indoors. The Aachen trip was the first real test of our new camera and new lens, and they performed very well! David used his "old" zoom lens on the new camera body and I used David's old camera with the new 50mm prime lens and also carried my standard wide angle setup...

Trier

Posted on January 4, 2008 by Holly Hayes
{ph12334} Sunset on Trier Cathedral Happy New Year! On January 2 we drove down to Trier, which is southwest of us and close to the Luxembourg border. We have been there before (during a 2005 Christmas trip), but we missed a few things and it deserved a repeat trip with better cameras. And the weather forecast was clear and sunny, though it turned out more like partly cloudy...