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Across Europe – autobahn:not what it says on the tin.

With two stops, one near Koblenz and the other near Regensburg, we hopped across Europe. Kallmenz, our second stop near Regensburg and a two nighter, was very picture postcard – ruined castle on the hill, cobbled streets and an old bridge over the river. We stayed in an uber-clean and friendly pension and took the owners advice of a bike ride along the river. With a few outings for a bit of drawing practice and some night photos, we liked the place.

A day trip to Regensburg was also a treat, although parking is an utter nightmare. The town (apparently the only remaining medieval town in Germany) was wonderful and well worth a visit.

Regensburg - old bridge, old cathedral - but beautiful

Unfortunately with very young children and babies it becomes a bit of a whirlwind. Nonetheless we tasted the local historic sausage and sauerkraut (essentially a chipolata with overly sour shredded cabbage) and wandered through the town playing in the fountains. They also had this strange but quite sweet tradition of padlocking themselves to the local bridge.

many padlocks – many lovers

poor simon, or poor hilde - you decide

How we laughed when we spotted Simon’s affections for Hilde!!!

One thing we have noticed, is that Europeans, and i guess I am thinking Belgians and Germans, LOVE their rules. But what is bizarre, and really counter-intuitive, is that the rules are illogical. Now Germans are very logical people, so why this lack of common sense. For example, we had a cyclist shout at us from the cycle lane that we were on the road and really we should be on the cycle lane – fine – but she wasn’t wearing a helmet! But when in Rome…

We moved into the cycle lane and promptly irritated all the other cyclists by other failures of our cycling decorum.

Kellmenz – a very pretty place

Halooo

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  1. Sarah Drennan
    June 22, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Five Tourists loving the blog absolutely fantastic. You seem to be having a great time. Thinking of you all Happy Travelling
    Love The Drennans xxxxx

  2. Richard Sharp
    July 3, 2011 at 6:12 am

    You’re obviously having a great time and love the blog. We’re quite envious of your adventure and can’t wait for the next stage – wherever it is!
    All our love, Pat & Richard xxx

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