The leaked report of my travels in 2011I thought I threw "them" off my scent a couple of times but they seem to have tracked me pretty well. Regular checking for "tails" and circling the block wasn't successful.
Some untelligence agencies seem interested in my comings and goings.
Goodness me ... they plotted my major treks.
Seriously though, this is the "plan" for the tour,
originally drafted to line up all the ducks, and updated after
completion to show approximately what actually happened.
It's now a post hoc journal.
I've added links and a precis to many places listed for background information. Just for fun, the precis may be in the place's local language.
Some of my own pictures and videos will eventually be linked and available from this page.
Dates are in German and about once a week, or at a change of location, I calculated and noted the approximate sunrise and sunset times so that the tour could make the best use of daylight.
Waypoints as per the map have been coloured and [tagged] with the corresponding letter in the journal. Google Maps will only plan routes for about 20 waypoints. Otherwise I'd have added in another 20 or so interesting waypoints.
|Perth 22:30||Fly EK421/EK45||Frankfurt/M 13:15|
|Frankfurt/M [A]||Wait 45 minutes for suitcase because
the conveyor keeps getting jammed with luggage
Europcar - pickup rental car
This is not the car you ordered. Upgraded to a Golf TDI.
And, by the way; what's your phone number in Germany? Because you can't hire the car without one.
|Frankfurt/M 14:30||Auto 250km / 3h||Herne ca. 17:30|
Catch up with friends and prepare for training weeks
Sonne 06:05 - 20:41
|Herne 13:00||Auto 250km / 3h||Tombeek, Belgien ca. 16:00||
Overijse, aan de bovenloop van de IJse is een uitgestrekte gemeente aan de zuidelijke rand van het Zoniënwoud. Overijse ligt in het Vlaamse Gewest, maakt deel uit van de provincie Vlaams-Brabant en is een ééntalig Vlaamse gemeente zonder taalfaciliteiten.
Overijse bestaat uit zes duidelijk gescheiden woonkernen:
Overijse-centrum met daarrond Jezus-Eik, Eizer, Terlanen,
Tombeek en Maleizen.
|I chose to stay at the Hotel Avalon because of its location. On the "right" side of Brussels to get to the OpenERP training about half an hour away by car and because it's on the other side of the "border" featuring a different language. Not that I can understand Dutch (Vlaams) really any better than the French spoken in Ramillies. I reckoned that I'd be fine as long as I didn't let on that I could speak German. Though even my German is not very good. :-)|
Sonne 06:17 - 21:03
09:00-17:30 Functional Training
There's one more guy from Australia taking part.
Other than that, most are from surrounding countries.
It's cold in the mornings.
On the second morning, I notice that the car's windscreen has some frost on it. On the third morning, I spend 5 minutes scraping the hard ice off the glass.
Afternoons I cruise around, either shopping for food and beverages or getting a feel for the territory.
Friday lunch is at a restaurant where some of OpenERP's crew join us. The meal, some beer and/or wine doom the rest of the day's training. :-)
Sonne 05:53 - 20:53
|Tour - Wavre, Waterloo,
Leuven, Spa and Overijse. (And Brussels, unintentionally)
|2011-05-08 (So)||Revisit Leuven
Sonne 06:03 - 21:16
09:00-18:00 Technical Training
Some of the faces are the same, including the Aussie's.
Tuesday morning I sleep though my alarms. Wake at 8 a.m. No time for brekky ... quick shower, get dressed and hit the road!
Friday morning is hectic: Packing, checking out and refuelling the car. Then the morning rush hour into Brussels spills over into the side-roads making for a slow run to the final day's training.
Training wraps up on the Friday with a lunch "tour".
|Ramillies, 17:30||Auto 250km / 3h||Herne, 20:30|
A visit to the Ruhr and to Herne is definitely worthwhile. The city on the Emscher River offers a wide range of leisure and cultural amenities, unique industrial heritage sites and a fascinating mix of architectural styles.
Despite a high population density, the city has lots of green spaces and parks like Geysenberg.
Sonne 05:42 - 21:03
|Herne 10:00||Auto 160km / 2h via Paderborn/Elsen||Schlangen 17:00|
Schlangen liegt inmitten des Naturparks Eggegebirge und südlicher Teutoburger Wald. In den langen Trockentälern östlich von Schlangen lockt der Blütenteppich des Lerchensporns im Frühling zu einem Besuch.
Die einstige Prachtstraße Fürstenallee verbindet die Ortsteile Schlangen und Oesterholz-Haustenbeck.
|Friends and family|
|Quakenbrück [G] Round Trip to meet with friend|
|Family, friends and sightseeing
Sonne 05:27 - 21:10
|Schlangen 09:00||Auto 425km / 4h||Berlin-Steglitz, 15:00|
That one word says it all.
Friends and sightseeing
Sonne 04:50 - 21:19
|Berlin 10:00||Auto 140km / 1,5h||Dessau, 11:30||Dessau [J]||Technikmuseum Hugo Junkers|
|Dessau, 15:00||Auto 110km / 2h||Halberstadt, 17:00|
Abseits der großen Harzstädte gibt es eine Fülle an Sehenswertem, oftmals noch unentdeckt oder als Geheimtipp bekannt. Nehmen Sie sich die Zeit und gehen Sie auf Entdeckungsreise in der Region rund um Halberstadt.
|Family, friends and sightseeing|
Sonne 04:45 -21:26
|Halberstadt 10:00||Auto 450km / 5h via Merseburg [L]||Pilsen, 15:00|
Founded in 1295, Pilsen has become a cultural and economic centre of the West Bohemia. It came into prominence in the 19th century after the founding of the Skoda Works Company and the Pilsner Urquell brewery.
Diverted to Merseburg and bought a navigation system (for
€139) which knew about Czech roads in detail.
While swigging some
Müllermilch®, I planned a detailed
route along the lesser roads leading me to
discover stately mansions, castles, rural landscapes, and
some stunning views of Stríbro which suddenly made dodging the
oncoming traffic on the narrow roads worthwhile.
But I didn't want to dawdle and take lots of my own pictures
because I wanted to get into Pilsen before the end of day.
I found my way Hotel Pilsen without any problems. There was a construction site next to the hotel but that didn't stop me from enjoying restful nights. Off-street parking was obviously a bonus as the local parking inspectors were fully occupied writing tickets, clamping and towing.
|2011-06-09 (Do)||Sightseeing and meet friend|
Sonne 04:53 -21:11
|Czeching out Construction workers were busy next door, and their service vehicles hadn't left enough space at the end of the one-way street for me to leave. I effectively communicated my wishes and the workers cheerfully provided a passage without a single word being misunderstood.|
|Pilsen 12:00||Auto 370km / 4h via Regensburg||Dirlewang, Allgäu 17:00|
Dirlewang ist ein Markt im schwäbischen Landkreis Unterallgäu
|Family, friends and sightseeing
|München 10:00||Auto 150km / 2h||München, 15:00|
BMW, museums, history, Kitsch and culture. All in a city nestled in the beerfields of Bavaria. Shame about the tourists. ;-)
Before leaving to visit the museum,
I phoned the shop where I bought the failed navigation
system and they were very helpful.
The dead one could be exchanged at another branch of the
Unfortunately, there wasn't a branch within about 300 km,
but there was one "on the way" to Lake Constance; in
Deutsches Museum has a Dudy for a Bohemian Rhapsody
|2011-06-15 (Mi)||Poing [P]||A day out with friends|
|2011-06-16 (Do)||Deutsches Museum Flugwerft - Schleissheim|
|München 13:00||Auto 420km / 5h via
Ravensburg and Sigmaringen [Q]
Sonnen- und Aussichtsterrasse am Bodensee. Die Nähe zum Linzgau im Hinterland, zu Österreich und der Schweiz sowie zur bayerischen Nachbarschaft, bieten viele Möglichkeiten zur Freizeitsgestaltung.
|Got a new navigation system in exchange for the dead one in Sigmaringen. They didn't have the exact model in stock so I agreed to take the next model down in the range and got €10 back in cash for the price difference. Kundendienst!|
Family, friends and sights around Lake Constance
|Daisendorf 10:00||Auto 170km / 3,5h||Weil im Schönbuch [S], 13:30|
I had car parts to pick up on the way to Bad Camberg.
A small detour to save a lot of dough on car parts.
The car was also running low on juice and there was cheap fuel. A bit of a win.
|Weil im Schönbuch, 14:00||Auto 180km / 4h||Bad Camberg, 18:00|
Bad Camberg [T]
Die zweitgrößte Stadt im Hintertaunus. Der anerkannte Kneippkurort ist der älteste seiner Art in Hessen und der drittälteste in Deutschland. Das Wahrzeichen der Stadt ist die Kreuzkapelle.
Sehr schlechtes Wetter! — Miserable weather!
Cruising and sightseeing around the
|2011-06-25 (Sa)||VW Veteranen Treffen||Coffee and cake with yet another Felsche
Between looking at classic Volkswagen cars
|2011-06-26 (So)||Last sunrise in Germany.
|Bad Camberg 15:00
A diversion via Wiesbaden to top up the fuel tank before returning the hire car.
Rental companies seem to buy their fuel from apothecaries, judging by the price they charge if the fuel gauge isn't on full.
|Auto 60km / 1h
Once I'm out of the Taunus region, the skies are clear and the sun is shining.
A chance to stop and soak up some sun while finishing off the drinks and fruit I'd bought earlier.
|FRA 22:20||Fly EK48/EK424||Perth 00:55|
|Home||There's no place like home|
Copyright © 2011, 2012 Bernd Felsche, Perth, Western Australia.