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Our Man in Havana

This Cuba trip was a long time in the planning. It could have been weeks compared to our usual days or hours. We had some classic pre-trip chaotic moments. Twelve days before travelling, Hurricane/Tropical Storm Elsa roared across Cuba near Havana and hinted at disruption to electricity, roads, and food supplies. Six days before travelling …

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Up & Down the Rhine

2021.06.12 Berlin to Düsseldorf. We collected my Schwiegervater Roland, drove from Berlin to Düsseldorf and checked in to the Steigenberger Parkhotel. Very fancy. We walked to the Altstadt part of town for dinner and were completely surprised by the huge number of people out for a Saturday night on the town jostling mask-less in the …

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Driving Armenia

This was a short trip to sightsee Armenia in a window without quarantine restrictions for us at either end of the trip. We have visited the Caucasus area before. I had a business trip to Azerbaijan many years ago and H and I visited Georgia in 2018. 2021.05.28 Frankfurt to Yerevan We had taken care …

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Mallorca Break

This was a long-weekend Wedding Anniversary trip for us. We discovered that the German exclave of Mallorca could be visited with the correct QR-codes and tests and with no quarantine either end. Unfortunately, it looked as though everyone else in Germany was also going. Friday 30.04.2021 We were staying in our apartment in Oberursel, so …

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Gorillas in the Sun

Day 1, 10th April 2021, Flight Berlin-Brussels-Entebbe The new BER airport was ghostly quiet. It was our first time there since its very delayed opening. The place was considerably more tasteful that the old Russian-sector Schoenefeld airport which it replaced. Our first stop was Brussels as we were flying Brussels Airline. The paperwork for Covid …

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Toodle-oo Winnetou

This was a road trip from Frankfurt, through the German Alps and across Austria and Slovenia to Croatia. The intention was to buy a used motor yacht located in Zadar so it was a sort of business trip and not just a jolly outing in these Coronavirus times. As we planned to leave Croatia by …

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What we did on our Summer Holidays

30.07.2020 – 16.08.2020 Quarantine Kommandanten in Berlin. Towards the end of July H volunteered to baby-sit 50 Filipinos in transit to various cruise ships. They had been quarantined in the Berlin Radisson Blu hotel for a couple of weeks awaiting negative Covid-19 tests. The hotel famously houses the world’s largest circular fish tank, the DomAquaree, …

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Love in the Time of Corona

Well this kind of thing really messes up a travel blog. Maybe forever, who knows? We had extensive plans for the summer with many airline tickets and marina berths booked and paid for. The plan was to spend some time on our own boat in the Ionian Sea area, based in Preveza or Corfu. H …

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Post-Brexit Europe

21.-24.01.2020 Blackburn Flew in to Manchester and rented a car to go to Blackburn to visit my old mum and dad. Sons get to unblock troublesome drains, replace toilet seats and pressure-wash things. Daughters doubtless find it easier to do other kinds of domestic stuff. 24.-27.01.2020 London Then down to London for my grandson’s First …