Results tagged “Memorials” from Europe Honeymoon 2008

Dunno if should make this one day or three.. heh...  The start of the day seems like such a long time ago....

So we woke up in Heidelberg.  In fact we were woken up at 6am by a wakeup call or a prank call or a wrong number or something... needless to say I wasn't impressed.

Got ready then went out for across the river and around the old town, and had our breakfast out (in the end we should  have just had breakfast at the hotel, it probably would have worked out the same price).  We were going to go up to look around the schloss, but decided that we wanted to just go to Frankfurt.  So we packed up our stuff and checked out and made a detour up to see the Thingstatte and the old ruins there. 

Church of the Holy Spirit
Church of the Holy Spirit 

Synagogenplatz
Synagogenplatz is a memorial based on a synagogue that was burnt
down during the infamous Kristallnacht in 1938. It follows the original
layout of the synagogue (built in 1877). Paving stones indicate the
walls and twelve stone cubes show the location of the pews and stand
for the twelve tribes of Israel 

Alley in Heidelberg
Alley in Heidelberg - look how clean it is!

Heidelberg Rathaus
Heidelberg Rathaus 

Bridge gates
Bridge gates 

Stadt Heilbronn on the Neckar River
Stadt Heilbronn on the Neckar River 

Heidelberger Schloss from the Old Bridge
Heidelberger Schloss from the Old Bridge 

Heidelberger Schloss, Old Bridge and Neckar River
Heidelberger Schloss, Old Bridge and Neckar River 

Bridge monkey
Bridge monkey. There was a steady procession of tourists taking photos
of themselves with this thing... This one has been there since 1979 

View from our hotel room window
View from our hotel room window - one of the best we had!

Stu in the ruins of Stephanskloster
Stu in the ruins of Stephanskloster 

Lookout tower on Heiligenberg
Lookout tower on Heiligenberg 

View of old Heidelberg from the tower
View of old Heidelberg from the tower

Heidelberger Schloss
Heidelberger Schloss 

Stu up the tower
Stu up the tower

Ruins of Stephanskloster
Ruins of Stephanskloster 

Heidelberger Thingstätte
Heidelberger Thingstätte. Built by the Nazis for propaganda rallies,
wasn't very popular because it was often too cold 

56 rows could seat 20000 people
56 rows could seat 20000 people

Thingstätte stage area
Thingstätte stage area

And then back to Frankfurt.  Had good traffic the whole way so that took away some of our stress.  Found a car wash and petrol station near the city, so cleaned the car before heading into town.  Where things started getting messy.  We didn't know where the actual parking lot was for the rental car, and ended up going down a one way street at one point.  So Stu just stopped and I went in to the station to find out where to take it.  Twenty minutes of walking later.. hrmm.  Anyways, got the car returned without any dramas (that I know about heh).

Arrival back in Frankfurt am Main
Arrival back in Frankfurt am Main

We decided we didn't want to wander around Frankfurt city because we were hot and tired and carrying heavy bags, so thought we'd just go to the airport.  Except we got on the wrong train.  Oops.  So at the first stop had to turn around and come back.  Oops. 

Finally got on the right train and got to the airport very early.  Secured window seats, getting the last row on the first leg (the 777).  Then waited for a few hours.  Went and had some dinner at a very overpriced cafe.  Spent the rest of our euros at a very overpriced gift store.  Used some wireless internet over a very overpriced connection.  Airports seriously suck sometimes.  Waited some more before finally boarding our plane. 

Schöfferhofer Weizen beers at the airport
Schöfferhofer Weizen beers at the airport

It was late dusk by the time we took off, so no photos of Frankfurt or Germany.  The night was very short, and they got us to close the blinds so the sunrise at 2am wouldn't annoy people.  I think we flew further south this time, and more snow had had a chance to melt, so much of the countryside was a rather plain brown.  Not that I looked too often, as opening the window illuminated the entire back of the plane.  So not many photos there either.  Watched PS I love you, The Bucket List, Hits from the 80s, and most of The Firm (missed the end cause we were landing - doh!)

Plane sunset
This photo is looking out to the north of the plane. That light is coming
over the top of the world! 

Over Surgut, Russia
Over Surgut, Russia

Flying in over Japan
Flying in over Japan

Got into Narita at something like 7am Germany time. After having slept for maybe an hour all up.  Zombie-making.  Upgraded our seats on the second flight from being over the wing to a two-seater section up the back of the 747.  Went through security again at Narita.  Then hung around the airport.  Which is a much better place than Frankfurt which has next to nothing past security :(  Narita has shower rooms and day rooms.  We rented shower rooms for 500 yen each for thirty minutes.  Let us have a shower which made us feel a whole lot better.  Then went and had a drink.  And bought some sake and other things for Stu.  And used the free internet cafe.  And had some dinner.  And played some gin with the cards we just bought.  And had a ten minute massage in these way-cool massage chairs for 200 yen each.  We were in Narita for about four hours.

Narita airport!  Over half way home
Narita airport! Over half way home 

Air traffic control tower from the Yahoo! Internet Cafe
Air traffic control tower from the Yahoo! Internet Cafe

At 8:20pm Narita time we headed off again.  Watched Monsters Inc while we did dinner type stuff.  Then I was going to lie down in a spare four-seater row that noone was sitting in, but was too slow, someone else beat me too it :(:(:(  Sad-making.  So attempted to sleep sitting up.  Got maybe an hour or so.  Maybe two.  Gave up after a while and watched Charlie Wilson's War. 

Our JAL 747
Our JAL 747

Arrived in Sydney around 6:20am.  Stopped at the duty free place to pick up some grog, then through security.  Immigration was very quick (maybe 3-4 minutes waiting) and uneventful.  Picked up bags.  Then through customs, which was also quite quick (maybe five minutes).  We'd declared food and wood, but after x-raying our bags they weren't interested in seeing anything or even asking us what the stuff was.  Shrug :)  (And Border Security wasn't there filming - doh!! hehe)

Caught a taxi back to my parents' (cause last time we took the train and bus and it took an hour and a half, and were too tired for that sort of nonsense this time).  Got very sad as I drove past my house :(  Still miss Sydney :(  Arrived at my parents to pick up my car and a few other bits and pieces.  Then headed for home.  I felt fine for the first bit of the trip, but could feel my brain fading.  We played A-Z games (try to think of something starting with each letter of the alphabet in a variety of categories) to try and keep our brains awake.  But it wasn't working for me, so we stopped at Marulan to get some sugar and salt and Stu drove the rest of the way home. 

Fog over Lake George
Fog over Lake George

Dumped our bags and got straight into bed and was asleep in seconds.  Slept for a few hours, but forced myself to get up to try and prevent any problems sleeping tonight. 

Very nice to be home.  Nice to be back at my puty with its massive screen.  Thanks to Natto-san for taking care of the house :) 

Haven't looked at my photos yet.  Haven't transferred any yet either.  Not sure how will get them online.  But I'll probably do a day at a time and insert the highlights into the existing blog entries.  And eventually get the whole lot onto conspiracy.  Hopefully it won't take two years to do like my USA photos did... ;)

This was all the crap that was in my suitcase and backpack (the 1/3 on the right was brought home new)
This was all the crap that was in my suitcase and backpack (the 1/3 on
the right was brought home new)


Update May 2010: I saw the last line of this blog entry a bit over a month ago, hence the frenzied effort to at least get some photos into this blog! So it was exactly two years! Sadly I'm nowhere near finished, but at least the blog is.
Well it wouldn't be normal if I didn't wake up at 6am right..? Hrmm :)

Not that we got ready any earlier, in fact we had a very slow morning and didn't get out the door til after 11!

View from our apartment on Rheinsbergerstrasse
View from our apartment on Rheinsbergerstrasse

Our first stop was the remainder of the wall at Bernauer Strasse, and the viewing platform there. Was kicking myself that we didn't go up the Fernsehturm today, as the weather was perfect for it - not a cloud in the sky.  I could have gone back I suppose, but it would have been another 9 euro :/

New Chapel of Reconciliation, built on the location of the old church
New Chapel of Reconciliation, built on the location of the old church 

One of the three bells they recovered before demolishing the church
One of the three bells they recovered before demolishing the church 

Site of the Berlin Wall at Bernauerstrasse
Site of the Berlin Wall at Bernauerstrasse

Remnant of the Berlin Wall at Bernauerstrasse
Remnant of the Berlin Wall at Bernauerstrasse

Next we trained it to Potsdamer Platz to have a look at all the newish shops/buildings there. We stopped for lunch at a sushi place, which had an interesting variety of (mostly deep fried) dishes to choose from. Was very good, but they soured my mood about the place when they told me off for drinking from my bottle of tap water :(  Bumheads. You can't *get* tap water in this country, so it's all very frustrating :(

Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz 

Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz

Went up and had a look through the Sony store, then was going to look at the Lego place, but they wanted 14.50 *each* so decided to give that a miss. Lego is such a money-grabbing company, that it rates up there in evilness with Disney and eBay for how much I hate it (but can't escape).

Einstein at Legoland Berlin
Einstein at Legoland Berlin 

Potsdamer Platz station
Potsdamer Platz station

So that was all very average, so went up to the Starbucks next to the Brandenburg Gate so Stu could get an iced coffee, then we walked down to the memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe. It was brilliant!  It's a few thousand concrete blocks stacked in a grid taking up a whole city block. The middle section dips down and the blocks there are quite tall so you can walk amongst it all. It's kind of maze-like, even though it's not a maze at all. And it's incredibly photogenic! Took lots of photos there.

Starbucks coffee and cake at the Brandenburg Gate
Starbucks coffee and cake at the Brandenburg Gate 

Poppies at the Brandenburg Gate
Poppies at the Brandenburg Gate 

Horses and Carriages at the Brandenburg Gate
Horses and Carriages at the Brandenburg Gate 

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
The irony of this place is the company that produced the chemical that
makes the concrete graffiti-proof is the same company that made the
gas that killed the Jews during the war.... 

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe 

Stu in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Stu in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe 

Stu in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Stu in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Reichstag over the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Reichstag over the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate over the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate over the Memorial to the Murdered
Jews of Europe 

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Hopped on a train over to Alexander Platz, stopping for a beer before going to the Media Markt there. It's kinda like the electronics section of Harvey Norman except like five times the size - in this case four stories of electronic goodness. They didn't have any Eee PC batteries (or any Eee PC stuff for that matter), but we did pick up an 8gb Sony usb memory stick for 25 euro. And Stu got a little micro SD-usb dongle for 8 euro.

Berliner Pilsner under the Fernsehturm
Berliner Pilsner under the Fernsehturm 

World Clock under the Fernsehturm
World Clock under the Fernsehturm 

Stu next to the 69999 Euro TV
Stu next to the 69999 Euro TV

So then we wandered back to our apartment, but just as we were arriving, we got a call from the owner/manager asking why we hadn't left yet, and we were all "but we booked five nights".. But it turns out we only booked four, the last day being the checkout day.. Oops! :(  So we had like half an hour to not only pack up all our stuff, but also find another hotel at short notice.. Very stressful. But luckily Stu did find one, within walking distance even, so we plodded over, and it thankfully has interent, as we were planning on spending our last evening quietly doing research for our upcoming days of travel. Not that we really did that much, as it took us a while to calm down, and then we went out for dinner (to Der Imbiss again) and by the time we got back it was after 9:30.

Anyways, should have a bit of time in the morning...