Archive for the ‘EUROPE – Switzerland’ Category

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August 29, 2011 – 8:57 am No Comments
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Day 37 – Lunch in Liechtenstein!

May 7, 2010 – 11:48 pm 4 Comments

Today we caught a train to Liechtenstein, just like normal tourists! (more…)

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Day 36 – The Kids Meet the Kids!

May 6, 2010 – 11:30 pm 1 Comment

In the countries that we’ve visited, France, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland, we’ve noticed how trusting everyone is. They all just leave their bikes, trailers, kiddie karts, outside their homes or shops all unlocked.  Outside schools you see racks and racks of bikes all unlocked and I’ve seen pedestrians (more…)

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Day 35 – Always Looking for Free Wifi!

May 5, 2010 – 11:50 pm 5 Comments

Being on the edge of this huge lake is just like being at the seaside.  It is extremely windy and the noise of the wind through the trees and the waves breaking on the shore is very soporific. (more…)

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Day 34 – A Gift of a Bottle of Wine

May 4, 2010 – 11:45 pm No Comments

Last night in the Restaurant ‘Goldifuss am See’ in Mammern, we met the owner Luzia.  We had a lovely chat with her about travelling, how expensive Switzerland and Britain are and also about wines.  I said that I never drink German, French or Swiss wines and how on this trip, we’d missed not having the spare budget to have some wine in restaurants like hers.  The next thing we know, Luzia gives us a bottle of wine as we are leaving to go to our tent!  What a lovely surprise.
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Day 33 -Rock Music at 4am!

May 3, 2010 – 11:40 pm 2 Comments

I forgot the travel quote for Sunday, the start of the week, so here it is a day late ……………….

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi

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Day 30 – When is a Camp Site Not a Camp Site?!

April 30, 2010 – 11:15 pm 5 Comments

The day started well with me going to the camp shop to get our breakfast and other carbo snacks for the day!  I didn’t realise it, but I don’t know my Germany numbers very well.  So, somehow I ended up with 5 rolls, 3 pretzels and 4 Croissants.  It was when he was putting the croissants in the bag and I counted 5 and stopped him, that I realised I’d got a little mixed up!  Also, he was trying very hard not to laugh at my pronunciation of the various items; it was a bit like the Roman Emperor scene in Monty Python, when he talks about his wife “incontinentius  buttocks” and the Roman soldier is desperately trying not to laugh!  Anyway, we had a good supply of carbs to keep us going.

All along the Rhine there are huge dams, to create either hydro-electric power  or reservoirs and today we’ve seen a couple including one that was bombed during the war by Lancaster bombers.  They are all very impressive and the volume and ferocity of the water created around them is quite frightening and the noise deafening.  There are lots of natural stone and pebbled beaches along the Rhine and some of them are long spits that are like long silver tongues jutting out into the river; places where people can go and sunbathe and picnic.

The cycle track today has been interesting; one moment you are hugging the bank of the river and the next you are meandering through the nearby fields and villages.  It is very well thought out and cycling and cycle routes are obviously big  business here.  At one point today we went through a lovely section that was through the town of  Rheinfelden.  The route ploughed downhill through a small winding path before levelling out and, at one point, there was even ergonomic seating to sunbathe on!

So, today has been very interesting and no two bits have been the same.

The Rhine today took us into our 6th Country , Switzerland, as we went through the city of  Basel, which was lovely.  Lot of wisteria everywhere and tall, narrow, terraced houses on either side of the Rhine, as the city is separated by the river.  There were these lovely little boats for foot passengers, that traversed the Rhine.  They were powered boats,  but they were tethered on an overhead line to stop them being swept downstream, very unusual.

We didn’t see that much of Basel, just a snapshot really and certainly not the city centre,  but we both liked what we saw.  We then continued to hug the Rhine and followed it out through the other side of the city and  back into Germany,via an unmanned border crossing.

We’ve been on a wild goose chase this evening for a camp site.  The one on the map is only for static caravans, and so that was a 6 mile detour out of our way .,…………. grrrr.  It was also raining grrrr ……….  So, we’ve ended up in a hotel in the town of   Bad Sackingen.  They have a secure garage for our bikes, which is good news.  Today has been our longest day yet, 79Kms and we need food and our bed!

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