2016 Travel Journal – Days 17,18 and 19

There and back again!

Day 17 – QI lunch on the terrace

As many of you know I normally do not watch TV, and certainly no quiz shows. But there is an exception – it is a BBC 2 show hosted by Stephen Fry called QI (‘quite interesting’). All episodes are available online on YouTube. It is a great combination of British humor and many interesting facts about ‘all-sorts’. I watch episodes on my iPhone 6 Plus when I have a bit of spare time.

One of the pictures below shows my delicious ‘QI lunch’ on the terrace of my parents’ house in Germany – with poopy seed rolls, Bündnerfleisch (dried Swiss meat), Emmentaler cheese and Fleischkäse (traditional German lunch meat), followed by some of my mum’s superb poppy seed cake.

Day 18 – Last day in Europe

Today was my last day in Germany – tomorrow morning I will leave from Zurich, Switzerland, to South Africa.

I spend a bit of time in the town of Bad Saeckingen, having a look at the cathedral and the old wooden bridge crossing the Rhine river. I grew up in this area and I went to school there for nine years – a long time ago 🙂

PS: My today’s flight to South Africa got cancelled. Now I flying on a day-flight tomorrow morning – which I am looking forward to – seeing Africa from the sky during the day 🙂

Day 19 – Over the African continent

I enjoyed my trip over the African continent. I departed Zurich around eight in the morning and I landed after dark in Johannesburg.

This very good flight marked the end of an excellent Europe trip. As every year the highlight was seeing all my family and friends (and gaining a few kilos while having many excellent lunches and dinners). Thanks!

Picture marked with a * were taken with my iPhone 6 Plus or my iPhone 5s

An iPhone travel journal – Day 9 – The Last Day

Wednesday – The Last Leaves

After an excellent lunch with my older brother and my parents in Switzerland I took a few Autumn images on the way to Germany. This tree is loosing its leaves fast as Autumn turns into Winter. And I will be leaving Europe in a few hours. See you next year!

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An iPhone travel journal – EXTRAS

I have only published one iPhone image per day on my travel blog. Some of you have asked me if these are all the pictures I took. Well, here are some of the EXTRAS.

Today, I will be flying back to South Africa. I am a bit sad of leaving Europe and my Family already, but I am also looking forward to getting back to South Africa and home to Thanda. I am planning to return in May 2016.

I hope you enjoyed this short travel blog, which turned a bit into a ‘great eating in Europe’ blog :-). It was interesting to work exclusively with my iPhone 6 Plus. It gives one a lot of freedom (not carrying a lot of equipment and having great editing tools instantly available), but it also showed me the limitations. A good experience.

I will post the last pictures of this trip this afternoon!

An iPhone travel journal – Day 7

Monday – A gloomy travel day

Back to Baden-Wuerttemberg. We left Bavaria mid-morning and it took us over six hours to get back home. Long traffic jams around Munich – cars not Elephants this time 🙂 – and a lot of fog along the way made for a longer than usual drive. Now we are back home for a relaxing evening.

I took this picture during the drive – not a very photographic day 😦

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More to come …

An iPhone travel journal – Day 6

Sunday – A Family Day – past and present

Today was a true family day. In the morning we visited an aunt and uncle of mine before we had a family dinner in a traditional Bavarian restaurant. Then we met with two uncles, one aunt, seven cousins and their families on the Catholic cemetery in Teisbach to remember all our dead relatives, of whom most were buried in this place. We then had afternoon coffee  and dinner with the uncles, aunt and cousins before we retired to our hotel for the last night in Bavaria.

On the way to the cemetery I took this picture of a Rapeseed field. I love the colours.

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An iPhone travel journal – Day 6

Sunday – Wolpertinger

This morning at breakfast I had an incredible sighting in the Hotel Raeucherhansl, where we are staying during our trip to Bavaria. I got a shot of this rare animal!

Seriously :-), the Wolpertinger is a mythogical hybrid animal in Bavarian folklore, which supposed to inhabit the alpine forests of Bavaria. This specimen was definitely man made and quite scary looking. Bavarian Halloween Special!

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More from day 6 later on …

 

An iPhone travel journal – Day 3

Thursday – Driving trough the Black Forest

Today was a relaxing day. Sleeping in – again – and then to town for a bit of shopping. After another great lunch at my parents’ place and a very quiet afternoon I am having dinner tonight with friends at a Greek restaurant in Bad Saeckingen, Germany.  This picture was taken on my way home from town. I took a bit of a detour through the forest with all its autumn colors.

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An iPhone travel journal

I thought for a change I will create a short travel journal of my trip to Europe using one image per day, taken on my iPhone 6 Plus.

Day 1 – Tuesday – A view from a city tram in Basel, Switzerland.
My dad picked me up from Zurich airport in the early morning. After a bit of extra rest from the long flight and a delicious lunch at my parents’ home in Germany I traveled by train to Basel – one of the largest cities in Switzerland – where I meet with friends for dinner. This picture was taken from a city tram on the way from the train station to their house.20151027 - CS6_0000 - E

Day 2 – The Monastery of St.Urban
I slept in this morning – a novel experience after the last few weeks. This trip will turn into a gourmet eating festival :-). After another delicious lunch with friends in Lotzwil, Switzerland I drove to Zofingen, Switzerland, where I lived for eight years. This picture shows the Monastery of St.Urban, which is located on the road from Lotzwil to Zofingen. And for dinner my older brother invited me to a fabulous meal in one of my favorite restaurants in Zofingen – The Federal!
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More to come …