We prepared ourselves for France as best we could over a busy year, listening to French language CDs and reading travel guide books and all went well, despite the small “lost in translation” moment during Mike’s visit to the doctor.
|First foray into Germany - this is the main square at|
Stein am Rhine.
|Blue dome day in Tuttlingen.|
|Rhinefalls in flood.|
Opps… I forgot to prepare myself for Germany. Some words came back to me that my father had taught me, but I was ill-prepared in many ways. Out came the Kindle e-reader and a study of Lonely Planet Germany, Frommer’s Guide to Germany, a basic language guide but in the end, the German people sorted us out. Mostly they were only too happy to speak English and to help, and they wanted to know about our cycle travels.
|Ulm Munster - the highest spire|
in Germany and a Gothic marvel.
The old towns on the river Rhine and some truly lovely scenery along the Danube between Tuttlingen and Sigmaringen, Wettenburg to Regensburg, the towns of Ulm, Regensburg and Passau have been the highlights of Germany for me. Along with the most wonderful camping weekend in Regensburg with Maria and Jan (who met each other in NZ and are now engaged) and met Mike on his cycle travels in 2009/10. Maria and Jan live in Selb (150 km north) and we all explored Regensburg together.
|The upper reaches of the Danube at Tuttlingen.|
Our last town in Germany was Passau – a real blockbuster. It’s a beautiful old city where we took the opportunity to hear the world’s largest church organ in a short concert in the over-the-top baroque cathedral of Dom St Stephens. It was moving, especially given the surroundings and we were able to sit and listen and enjoy the grandeur around us.
|Campsite at Riedheim (near Leipheim). It had a small "lake"-|
in NZ we would call it a farmer's dam, stick up a maimai and
shoot any of the ducks silly enough to come within range. Judy
swam in it with her head above water.
|Boarding a ferry from Weltenburg to |
Kelheim, through a gorge of the Danube.
It was one of several stretches where
cycle tourers take to the water.
|Part of the organ in Dom St Stephens Catherdral|
in Passau. The organ is said to be the largest church
organ in the world.