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Viking Fjords II

This trip is essentially a repeat of last month’s Norway fjords cruise. 07.08.2019 Hamburg-Altona; We took a taxi and train from Berlin to Hamburg then had dinner sailing down the Elbe. 09.08.2019 Bergen; A warm sunny day. We walked to the Fisketorget and had some fish and beer for lunch. 10.08.2019 Hellesylt/Geiranger; H booked us …

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Viking Fjords

08.07.2019 Hamburg Altona. After 10 days putting a new roof on the carport I was ready for a rest. Collected Roland from Neuk├Âlln and we got an early train from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg Altona. We were met by H at the station and a short taxi ride to the ship. We had a nice …

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Arctic Exploration

2019.06.11 Hamburg, Germany An early train to Hamburg-Altona to join the AIDAsol. Cruised down the Elbe and then two days northwards through the North Sea. This trip will take us on a 17-day cruise to the Orkney Islands, Iceland, Spitsbergen, North Cape and down the fjords of Norway to Bergen and then back to Hamburg. …

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Some Other Trips Around Europe

2019.04.29-30 Prague, Czech Republic A quick visit for some cheap medical stuff and a stroll over the Charles Bridge. 2019.05.11-12 London, UK Had a bit of tourism in London from our usual base at the Tower Hotel. We Ubered to Leadenhall Market and then the nearby Duck & Waffle 40-odd floors up in the Heron Tower. …

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Tuscany

21.04.2019 Berlin to Lari, Tuscany, Italy 22.04.2019 Lari, La Fattoria di Lari, Tuscany 23.04.2019 Lari 24.04.2019 Lari 25.04.2019 Lari 26.04.2019 Pisa to Berlin

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Cherry Blossom in Japan

09.04.2019 Hong Kong 10.04.2019 Kobe 11.04.2019 Osaka 12.04.2019 Kyoto 13.04.2019 Kyoto 14.04.2019 Fujikawa 15.04.2019 Tokyo 16.04.2019 Tokyo 17.04.2019 Hong Kong 18.04.2019 Hong Kong to Berlin

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South China Sea

15.03.2019 Bangkok. I took a taxi from the airport and checked into the T2 Residence Hotel in Sathorn. It was early so while I was waiting for the room to be available I had a wander around the nearby steamy streets and metro system to re-orientate myself. Then I had a long nap to recover …

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Wild West Australia

28.02.2019 Warnbro, West Australia. A morning spent on the MRT from Harbourfront to Changi Airport. A minor setback was at a second security check where some over-enthusiastic security guard discovered an invisible pinprick hole in my tamper-proof bag which contained a carton of coconut water. I couldn’t see it but they made me go back …

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The Straits & Gulf of Thailand

06.02.2019 London, England. I just had a few weeks of medical check-ups in Berlin. Time to hit the road again. First, I had a quick dash to London, via easyJet and Southern Rail, to pick up an International Driving Permit (1949). This archaic-looking document is apparently essential for upcoming motoring in parts of the Far …

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The Other St. Petersburg

02.01.2019 St. Pete Beach, Florida.  Not a great night in the BLOC Hotel at Gatwick. It is a type of hotel that is a cross between a Japanese capsule hotel and a Motel 6. Cleverly, all the lighting, heating and blinds in the room are controlled by a tablet screwed to the wall. It’s probably …

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New Year at the Pyramids

29.12.2018 Larnaca to Cairo H and I flew from Larnaca to Cairo and got a late evening taxi to Giza. All was confusion with the taxi as we thought we were going to the “Steigenberger Pyramid Hotel” but it is actually called the “Cairo Pyramid Hotel” and does not get its new name until the …

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A Grave Situation in Larnaca

24.-25.12.2018 Berlin Christmas was in Berlin and family Christmas Dinner on the 24th, in the German way, was hosted by Marina and Franz. As Franz is a professional musician and Marina a long-time amateur player of the piano-accordion there was a good Christmas carol sing-along.   26.12.2018 Larnaca, Cyprus On Boxing Day, the Christmas Dinner …