Category Archives: Accommodation

A Significant Birthday or Taking a Pensioner Out to Dinner

I’m always on the look-out for new restaurants to try so when my friend and neighbour Françoise mentions the Manoir de Contres in Sologne, I immediately note the name in my iPhone for Jean Michel’s next most significant birthday – … Continue reading

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Weekly Blogger Round-Up: Safe Solo Travel Tips for Women – Supplements for Single Travellers – Family Travel Tips for Iceland

We have an all-Australian line-up for this week’s Blogger Round-Up, starting with some excellent tips from Jo Karnaghan from Frugal First Class Travel on safe travel for solo women. Carolyn from Holidays to Europe  then discusses another aspect of solo … Continue reading

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Weekly Blogger Round-Up: Apostrophes in French – Chenonceau & the War Effort – 3-star Hotels in Europe

An all-Australian cast for this week’s Blogger Round-Up. Wendy Hollands from Le Franco Phoney talks about a subject dear to my heart – the French language – and the apostrophe in particular. Susan from Days on the Claise takes us to … Continue reading

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Cycling in Germany – Tips & Tricks

We have now been on three cycling trips to Germany, first on the Rhine near Lake Constance, second along the Danube from it’s source to Budapest and third on the Moselle, Rhine, Elbe and Eiser Rivers through former East Germany … Continue reading

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Cycling in Germany #19 – Bernkastel on the Moselle – a hidden treasure

We arrive in Bernkastel at about 1.30 pm after a 4-hour drive from Hann Münden with only a couple of rough patches on the motorway. I wouldn’t have liked to be going in the other direction around Hanover though. The … Continue reading

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Cycling in Germany #17 – Windmills and Dykes

Windmills and dykes, I can hear you saying. Aren’t they Dutch? Well, we are in the north-east of Germany, near the North Sea, in East Friesland in Lower Saxony which is only separated from the Netherlands by a small stretch … Continue reading

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Cycling in Germany #16 – Celle and Bremen

Bad weather has struck so we’ve studied the weather report and after a day of R&R at Kunsthof Pension in Dahrenstedt we’re off to Bremen via Celle which has over 400 timber-framed houses. We are going back into the former West Germany … Continue reading

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Cyclng in Germany #15 – Turgermünde, the prettiest village on the Elbe

After Magdeburg and the Green Citadel, we continue on to our next location in the little village of Dahlenstedt near Stendal, where we are to spend 3 nights, including a rest day. We first heard of this little town from … Continue reading

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Cycling in Germany #12 – Luther Country : Wittenberg

We arrive at our Black Bear Hotel (Schwarzer Baer) about 2 pm in stifling heat and appreciate the coolness of the rooms. We don’t have a terrace but we have a little closed-in verandah afffair with a leadlight window which … Continue reading

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Cycling in Germany #9 – Country Roads around Niederlommatzsch on the Elbe

We reach Elbklause, our Radhaus (bike hotel), in Niederlommatzsch around 12.30. Our room is new, large and airy with a wonderful view of the Elb. The wifi works immediately and doesn’t require endless codes. We are directly on the bike … Continue reading

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