Thursday, February 18, 2016

Week(never)ends: Best of Eastern Europe

My self-proclaimed adage "My week(never)ends!" I managed to explore the best of Eastern Europe & stunning!!! as I managed to do my penultimate weekend in Germany while on a Work-Business, weekend of Oct 24-26. I got off work, at Remscheid, Germany  to hop on to a Beamer 5 series, a bla-bla ride! from Cologne, started by 6.30 pm 24th Oct Friday, clocking 700 kms (in approx 6 1/2 hrs).Reached youth hostel  (Hostelling International) in the wee hours of the morning .

Prague has been nicknamed the "city of a thousand spires." I managed to do the "must-sees" , after an early breakfast by 7 The Dancing House, Prague's most outstanding modern architectural creation, headed to  famous Charles Bridge over the Vltava River ( considering that it's a weekend & jam-packed), not to miss the spectacular views, of the gothic city, palace & headed to the splendid Jewish Quarter, Old town

I fell in love with Segway, as I explored 50% of Prague on a Segway ... with my first stop at Clementinum, the largest collections of historic buildings in Europe: National Library of the Czech Republic & managed my afternoon, with a stop at Irish Times Bar & Katr restaurant, strolling through fine restaurants and cafes & Trdelník Sweet Pastry spent the later part of afternoon at Home of Czech Republic's President and one of the city's most visited tourist attractions!!!  & bumped into two American Travelers Quothia Wolf Melissa Burdi, who were literally stranded due to the fact that trains to Salzburg, Austria were cancelled & manage to get them appreciate BlaBlaCar, the Airbnb of car share & the next social networking platform! The Evening was spent taking a time travel into beer halls to early 20th century cafes, decided to pick of the best bars in historic settings! "Karlovy Lazane, James Dean, Harleys Bar" & last stop at "The National Museum" before the next bla-bla ride! to Lubeck at 7.00p.m

Lubeck: Well, just realized that it was a night to remember as we had to turn back the clock (may be get an hour more of sleep), all I was saying was DST(Daylight Savings Time) at 2:00 A.M. yet another 700 kms  (in approx 6 1/2 hrs). Just loved the DJH Jugendherberge Lubeck & I must be thankful to the Doctor who dropped me off at the exact coordinates. Just freshen up not to miss Travemunde for a stroll on the historic beach promenade overlooking the huge ferries on the Baltic Sea, immersed in sandy beach & basking in the sun. I had to huddle to the bus stop to get going to famous Holsten Gate & Old Town, which the UNESCO declared a world cultural heritage site, now a landmark. I couldn’t just believe I had reached the home of Marzipan!!!! Phew.... It's called "Niederegger  a.k.a. "marzipan capital" goes back to the 1800's. My next stop (breathless) was at  The St. Anne-Museum with its renowned Memling altar is worthwhile seeing as well as the modern Art Hall St. Anne.

Hamburg: I spent the 2nd half of Sunday making a trip from Lubeck to Hamburg via Bhan( . The moment I landed it was "Speicherstadt", the warehouse district is the world's largest single stretch of warehouses & followed by Hamburg Harbor, one of the world's largest working harbors, explored some of the many eating and shopping options on boardwalk. The HafenCity 's Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall, ( Feb 2017), is a towering and wildly beautiful piece of architectures in comparison to Sydney's Opera House, followed by  Miniatur Wunderland experience.  Well, I was completely impressed about the fact that the city has bounced back post World War II.

I did take a Stroll around two delightful lakes Binnenalster & Aussenalster Hamburg’s two delightful of Germany’s greenest cities & how can one just leave the city without "Nightlife" of the Reeperbahn otherwise “Sin City” tawdry red-light district? With all of this I was full of energy to head back to my sojourn & this time Audi Q7.

Reached Cologne, by 11:45p.m , to miss my last train to Remscheid, considered to take a nap at Accor hotel, Wuppertal (Intercity hotel) till 4:30 am so that I could take the 1st train at 4:45am to get back to my Hotel to get back to my Client Vaillant at 8:30 a.m. So don’t you agree my week(never)ends? 
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  1. nice pictures and details- Good to know you covered lots of places..Some of these places are on my wishlist too. few pics are bit blurr...

    Any more trips lined up?

    1. Hey,Shrinidhi, thanks for reading & sharing your feedback, have a lot to ramble,Deutschland on cards...sometime!!!

    2. Hey,Shrinidhi, thanks for reading & sharing your feedback, have a lot to ramble,Deutschland on cards...sometime!!!


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