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Lubeck

Formerly leading city of the Hanseatic League

semi-overcast 19 °C

Initially we were disappointed with Lubeck. We arrived mid afternoon and took a walk into the old city,perhaps expecting it to be like Bruges. Instead we found a modern shopping centre complete with modern shoppers not unlike Northumberland Street on Saturday afternoon. On reflection it was our problem not Lubeck's. There is much left of the grandeur that was Lubeck in the 14th and 15th centuries. Not least are the six or more massive churches. A relic of a god fearing time when the Lubecker's thanked god for all their wealth.

Things to do on a Sunday

Things to do on a Sunday

Let's go for a ride

Let's go for a ride

Mural on Biker Club Wall

Mural on Biker Club Wall

No comment !

No comment !

Random keys

Random keys

Church Roof

Church Roof

Burgstor

Burgstor

Quiet back street view

Quiet back street view

Holstantor

Holstantor

River

River

As you can see from the photo's there are lot's of things to see in Lubeck.

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To Lubeck and the Baltic

Reflections on Bruge and the Journey to Lubeck

rain 18 °C

Reflections on Bruges

A boring rainy 280 mile motorway journey for an overnight stay near Osnabruck on the way to Lubeck. At least it gave April and I some time to reflect on why we had enjoyed Bruges.

April and I both agree on the five things to do in Bruges:
1. Take a boat trip on the canals
2. Hire a bike and explore
3. Try at least three different types of beer and chocolate
4. Explore the smaller streets off the tourist routes
5. People watch in the Market

We enjoyed number 5 best. My particular favourite was a guy in his sixties who had time warped from the sixties. He looked emaciated, wearing a vest shorts and tattoos on his arms and legs he walked clockwise around the Market as if looking for all the missing years form the sixties until now. Somehow I don't think he will find them.

And just to prove that the world really is a small place. We got talking to a couple at Breakfast yesterday. We tried to explain where we had travelled from i.e. the Scottish Border ( no one seems to have heard of Northumberland) and it turns out the guy was originally from Morpeth and often visits his father in Widdrington. What a waste of effort!

One last memory was the chocolate shops:

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The next day found us travelling off the motorway through the North German countryside. Lots of immaculately kept villages and flat farm land. A pleasant ride on smooth deserted roads. Even the weather was kind to us. It just goes to show how things can change. One day we were playing the game of "spot the truck nationality" Czech,German, Polish,Portuguese etc to keep ourselves amused in the rain. Next day we're enjoying the roads and the sights. One question came out of spotting all those trucks .......I wonder if anyone has ever calculated how much stuff is on the move at any one time ? All that tonnage moving about the worlds surface can't be doing much for the earth's stability can it?

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Bruges

Three days relaxing

semi-overcast 20 °C

I don't know why we've not been to Bruges before. It has everything..9 million types of beer,6 million varieties of chocolate and 3 million restaurants ! Heaven. It's also a very pretty city. Compact, with cobbled streets and a large market square. It has a canal system running through it as a legacy of it's time in the Hanseatic League when it was a major trading port. The canals aren't on the scale of Venice but they give the old town lots of character.
First Beer

First Beer

All Gone

All Gone

Beer Temple

Beer Temple

Beer Wall

Beer Wall

Strong Beer !

Strong Beer !

The Belfry in the Market place from the canal

The Belfry in the Market place from the canal

Canal Cruise

Canal Cruise

Canal Cruise

Canal Cruise

Canal Houses

Canal Houses

Bruges Canal

Bruges Canal

Canal scene

Canal scene

April and the Canal

April and the Canal

Cycling the Canal Ways

Cycling the Canal Ways

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The Tunnel to Bruges

The start

sunny 14 °C

Channel Tunnel

Channel Tunnel

Through the Tunnel

Through the Tunnel


So we thought we were adventurous then we met Van during the tunnel crossing. Van and his girlfriend Diedre are South African.They parked their BMW 1200 Gs behind us on the train and as often is the case a conversation started. Turned out Van had ridden from his home in Johanesburg South Africa to London via the West Coast and was now returning home via the East Coast. It was going to take him 3 months to get back. This is his blog...worth a look. Http://vansafrica.com

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First Day

To the Channel Tunnel

overcast 20 °C

Well that’s the first 377 miles completed. From home to Canterbury didn’t have the most interesting roads we have ridden on, but at least the weather was with us. We usually set off in the rain but today we have had good warm weather all the way down the A1. Even the traffic was kind to us. The M25 wasn’t too busy and the Dartford Crossing was moving freely. We are hoping it’s a sign of things to come.
We are staying at a Vintage Inn on the outskirts of Canterbury ready for the morning train through the tunnel. Fish and Chips, beer and Pear Cider, surely a traditional way to say good bye to the UK and all that’s familiar. Tomorrow is Brugge and the not so familiar.

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