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Sep 30, 2019 - Bonn, Germany

Breakfast is wonderful, of course. An omelet bar; buffet of museli, breads, pastries, meats and cheeses, bacon, sausages, eggs, etc. After today's breakfast, we enjoyed a walking tour of Bonn's Old Town, where we saw the Baroque City Hall, Romanesque Basilica and Beethoven's memorial. Founded by the Romans, Bonn was the provisional capital of West Germany from the years following WWII until Germany's reunification in 1990. Today, Bonn is home to numerous museums and gardens, as well as a large student population that lives near the...

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Dec 19, 2018 - Amsterdam to Bonn

Monday 17th: The morning was quietly spent resting and packing up before taking a taxi to the wharf to board our ship at midday. Oh, my, the Crystal Debussy is the height of luxury! We were shown to our room and our butler (!) explained all the amenities. Ours is a Petite Suite but has plenty of room for the two of us and is beautifully appointed. We unpacked quickly then went to the dining room for lunch where we were presented with champagne on the way in. We joined a few of the Travel Masters group. The variety for lunch made choosing...

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Jul 6, 2015 - Bonn & Remagen

Today Sam and I decided to further explore via train to the cities of Bonn and Remagen, Germany. We purchased a Rhineland regional ticket for 24 Euros and headed out. This was adventure number two on the train for Sam and I to navigate. After a brief stop in Koblenz, we made our way to Bonn. Bonn is the birthplace of Beethoven and a charming city with an open square and numerous shopping opportunities and cafes to explore. It took us about 1.5 hours on the train to arrive in Bonn just in time for lunch. We walked the town and found a nicely...

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Jun 13, 2015 - Day 35 - Bonn and Drachenburg Castle

Day 35 - Saturday 13th June, 2015 - Bonn and Drachenburg Castle LESS THAN 2 DAYS LEFT OF OUR CRUISE Earlier start today as we have a coach drive into town - short walking tour to see Beethoven’s birth place and hear about his family life. [Don’t ask….. I didn’t take it in - it was 4 thick volumes of historical information being dumped into my “spirax notebook” sized brain - and the plug had been pulled anyway so that didn’t help too much with retention.] After that we drove some distance to get to the Siebengebirge area to visit the...

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Swiss Trip 2015

Jun 27, 2014 - Memory Lane

This day was quite a trip down Memory Lane. It has been over 30 years since I have been to this part of the world. It is amazing that so many places did not change as much as I expected, triggering more memories from my childhood. I will spare you the details of all of them, and only highlight a few. After breakfast—again a delightful spread by Christine—the Verbanszkys headed out to explore parts of Bonn and surroundings to see where I spent the first 8 years of my life. We were without accompaniment today since Sigfried had to go to...

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Jun 26, 2014 - Rhein River and World Cup Fever

Izabella woke me with an excited exclamation of “Daddy!” at 6:20 in the morning. Considering how late I went to bed last night, I was surprised that I wasn't as groggy as expected. The house was free of creaks and footsteps, so I assumed all were still asleep. Thus, I attempted to entertain Izzy as not to disturb the other sleepers. Shortly thereafter, though, I heard the sound of the shower and Zenny's coos of glee in the bathroom notifying me that Stephanie and Zenobia are ready for action—or at least Zenny was. Izzy popped out of bed...

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Jun 25, 2014 - Return to Paul's Birthplace

Loud thunder jumped me out of bed late in the night. Or it felt like it was late when in reality it was only a little after 8 pm as a short thunderstorm rolled through town. Jet lag can be difficult and having incurred a sleep debt prior to our departure did not help much either. The girls were also tossing and turning and encouragement of sleep had to occur multiple times through the night. Stephanie became a human pacifier for Zenobia to help her be more comfortable through this adjustment. Morning, however, appeared out of nowhere and...

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May 26, 2010 - Bonn

The birds were chirping like I was missing something at 6:00 a.m. this morning. I tried to ignore them. What on earth could I be missing that would be worth getting out of bed so early? But they were insistent, so I crawled out of bed and looked out the window. It was a beautiful day in Germany. And how many times do those of us who are not German experience that? Not often enough, I should think. The Internet was not as reliable as the birds, so I left the hotel not really knowing when I would be leaving. My reservation is up at 10:00...

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Apr 21, 2007 - ***Saturday afternoon - drive to Altenahr

I decided to not drive in the Mosel or Rhine Valley - both known for their beauty and wines but to take a lesser known valley called the Ahr. It was a 2 lane country road - windy through woods. Lots of motorcycles - I think there must have been some rally nearby because at one point I passed 3 ambulances. I stayed in a little town called Altenahr. It was a beautiful little city that went on and on because it was built amidst rugged cliffs and hills. So the houses were usually only one deep on the road. And the beautiful babbling Ahr river...

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