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Romania: Transylvania

Driving from Bucharest to Bran was quite an experience! Rules of the road in Romania: [insert here when you find any]! So many oncoming cars on our side of the road. I am not quite sure how we did not crash – into cars, horses, dogs, people, carts, trains…!  Add to that a journey home in the dark with broken headlights (thanks rental cars) it was very nearly impossible!

Just as we entered Transylvania the blue skies disappeared, it became much darker and then began to snow…!

We saw lots of countryside, Peles Castle, Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress from a distance, and on the way back we went to Therme at 11pm! (Best spa ever!)

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Romania: Bucharest

A couple days in Bucharest

Germany: Heidelberg

When I was wee I did most of my drawing on Heidelberg headed paper on my Gran and Grandads kitchen floor. (My Grandad worked for Heidelberg)

So as I was close I thought I would visit!

It rained. A lot. We walked for a while. Bought some waterproof jackets from Mountain Warehouse then walked some more. Went for coffee. Spent ages at Heidelberg Castle. It’s amazing. On the way back to the bus there was a whole shop of Lindt! Christine was happy!

I thought German transport was famous for its time keeping! Bah! It’s been late every time. The bus back from Heidelberg was 2.5 hours late with no word. COLD. We did meet a lovely woman called Anastasia from Haiti / New Jersey who had great chat though!

Germany: Frankfurt

A few days in Frankfurt:

  • MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst
  • German Museum of Architecture (Coffee and cake)
  • German Film Museum
  • Städel
  • Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
  • Made an attempt at Dialogue Museum but was fully booked. (Next time!)
  • Flea market at  Lindleystraße
  • Schnitzel at Zum-Standesaemtchen – with apfelwein
  • Palmengarten
  • Kleinmarkthalle
  • Caféhaus Siesmayer for lunch – apfelwein and a fancy deconstructed bratwurst (?!)

…all the wandering added up to around 40km!

Luxembourg: Luxembourg City

We walked 21k around Luxembourg City in 1 day. (31,308 steps up and down the many hills…thanks Fitbit).

We walked around the city and explored a bit before visiting MUDAM Luxembourg (which was fantastic), the Casemates du Bock (not so great for someone with pretty bad anxiety just now!), and we were very thankful for the Pfaffenthal lift at one point! It is a great city for wandering in. We spent most of our time doing just that.

Hotel Bristol: Okay, the cheapest accommodation available in Luxembourg. Not the cleanest, not the best area. Fine for a couple days.