September 10-30st, 2011, Tristen in Germany ...

Long awaited Cynthia's friend Tristen arrived safely on Saturday morning ...
 

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). On day 1 we had a little tour around the Odenwald ... to show her the area where we live a bit ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). A visit to Heidelberg was also on the agenda ...

Regensburg

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). On Wednesday, we drove a day to Regensburg, Bavaria (world heritage) ... and started with a segway tour (really great!)
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Beautiful day - as you can see - here the city with the Cathedral and the stone bridge ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here in full "dynamics" ... it's really fun to drive around with it ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and of course we had lunch in the famous "sausage kitchen" ...

Dresden

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). As Thomas had a workshop close to Dresden, we took the car to spend two days there ... here after arrival in the hotel bar (directly beside the Frauenkirche) ... having a welcome drink ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). On our first night we had dinner in the restaurant "Pulverturm" (powder tower) with traditional food ... here a view of the vault
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here the two ladies in front of the famous Frauenkirche ... Tristen loves churches (so she gets one ...)
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We had a guided tour through Dresden ....
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). It was exactly 12 o'clock, when the clock started its melody on porcelain bells ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). The only slightly rainy day in three weeks saw Trissie like this ... enjoying crepes ... you can see the experienced backpacker ... ;-)
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Having a rest in a cafe ... Trissie discovered the "new wine" ... this starts off as grape juice and develops more and more alcohol over the days ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here another view of the "coastline" of Dresden ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and a farewell with the Frauenkirche and Neumarkt. We drove back Tuesday night and arrived safely home.

Oktoberfest Munich

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). After spending 3 days alone in Berlin, Tristen and Cynthia had a day tour to Munich ... first a visit at the Dachau concentration camp ... and then of course Oktoberfest ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). As you can see here, Tristen fell in love with the German Brezels ... here the slightly bigger version of it ...

Prague

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). As our last big trip we took a hire car (Prague is the centre of car theft) to Prague ... about a 4,5 hours drive ... so around the corner for Aussies ... here the two of us having a first beer there ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). The weather was again fantastic, 25 degrees at the end of September ... here a view of the old city and the Karlsbruecke (Charles bridge) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Cynthia and Thomas visited this museum ... it was great ... and Thomas loved this advertising ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Tristen and Cynthia in front of the "Rathaus" (mayor's office) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). This is a photo taken from the powder tower (yes there is one too) ... the old city and the castle in the background ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). The central square ... it's amazing the amount of old buildings ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here from the castle hill a total overview ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Second night we had dinner alone ... Tristen suffered from the "being-together-too-long-with-Germans" Allergy
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Last day we walked through the new part of town ... here the two ladies ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... at some buildings you can still see how it looked like before 1989 ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We had a coffee in the "Grand Hotel Europa" ... you feel 100 years back in time ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). A last overview picture of Prague, the bridge and the castle ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Last night, back in Weinheim, we had a farewell dinner at the Marktplatz ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... which Trissie enjoyed obviously ...


Friday morning we headed back to the airport and while we're writing this, Tristen is approaching Melbourne Airport again. We hope, you enjoyed your time (thanks for the lovely card!) and we are looking forward to seeing you again here in Germany!