Results tagged “Sleep” 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 my morning began at 1:21am when I woke up needing to go to the toilet. I didn't get back to sleep. (!) I tried for a couple of hours but eventually gave up around 3:30 (not helped by the alarm clock that was on 24 hour time 12 hours out, so without my glasses it looked like 5:30 :( )

Anyways, so I caught up on blog reading, fiddled with my memory cards, burnt cds etc. Got annoyed that the Eee PC changes the modified dates on files when you copy them. Damn that linux os :(  Haven't had the time to research if there's any way to retain the datestamps on the files.

Went down for breakfast fairly early - scrambled eggs, salami and salad for breakfast heh. Then went over to the station to get our rail pass validated. Came back via a local shop to get some snacks for when we're out and about.

Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (station)
Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (station)


The rather dreary view from our Frankfurt hotel
The rather dreary view from our Frankfurt hotel


German toilets fascinated us with their viewing platforms!
German toilets fascinated us with their viewing platforms!

About half an hour before the train was due we wandered back to the station. But we weren't 100% sure if we needed a reservation or not (my doco said conflicting things), so decided to line up for one just in case. Eep! We nearly missed our train it took so long :(  We did *just* make it, but then had to walk through the *entire* train with our bags in tow.. Doh!  Then when we changed at Mainz we then had to race all the way down to the other end of the platform because our seats were at the *other* end of the train! Blah!

Anyways, all this hassle was worth it because I wanted to take the scenic route along the Rhine between Mainz and Koblenz.  Omigosh!! My brain exploded over how pretty it all was. Gorgeous little towns, picturesque valleys, ancient castles everwhere.. I just wished we could stop!!  A cruise down the river would be fabulous, but we might try to do that valley and the Mosel when we have the car at the end of the trip.

Rhine River town
Rhine River town


Rhine River town
Rhine River town


Building in the middle of the Rhine
Building in the middle of the Rhine


Rhine River castle
Rhine River castle


Rhine River
Rhine River


Rhine River town
Rhine River town


Caravan park
Caravan park


Rhine River castle
Rhine River castle


Rhine River castle
Rhine River castle

After Koblenz the trip was a lot more standard.

When we arrived in Cologne we checked our bags into these funky electronic lockers that take things away to mystery locations, and supposedly you can retrieve from any of the doors in the system. Four euros for 24 hours. So that left us free to go for a wander before we could check into our hotel. So we went outside.

And it was big!

Massively big!!

Cologne Dom (Cathedral)
Köln Dom (Cologne Cathedral)

The Köln dom (Cologne cathedral) is truly impressive. We got some drinks from Starbucks and just looked at it. We wandered up to have a closer look at it, but by this stage it was after 2pm and Stu was fading, so we went and found something to eat. Then decided to go check into our hotel.

After settling in for a bit, headed out again. We found ourselves at the site of Dave's Disapproving Man, but he was gone by now. Then we meandered down to Hohe Strasse and could see what Dave meant about it being too touristy. But we were on a mission to get to the Lego store. And get to it we did. And it was good!  But after putting up with dozens of screaming kids we put off making the decision which bits and pieces to buy til another day.

Dave's disapproving man hair salon
Dave's disapproving man hair salon


Cologne Dom (Cathedral)
Köln Dom (Cologne Cathedral) 


Lego store on Hohe Strasse
Lego store on Hohe Straße

Stu at this point felt like a beer, so we sat down at one of the cafes opposite the cathedral and had a kölsch beer and some yummy rösti and mushrooms and looked at the cathedral and even heard the bells being played for an evening mass.

Cologne Dom (Cathedral)
Köln Dom (Cologne Cathedral) 


Sion Kölsch in Cologne
Sion Kölsch in Cologne


Cologne Dom (Cathedral)
Köln Dom (Cologne Cathedral) 


Statues at the main entrance of the cathedral
Statues at the main entrance of the cathedral


Intricate stonework at the main entrance of the cathedral
Intricate stonework at the main entrance of the cathedral


For some reason this amused us...
For some reason this amused us...


Main entrance of the cathedral
Main entrance of the cathedral


Gargoyles on the cathedral
Gargoyles on the cathedral


Intricate stonework on one of the side entrances of the cathedral
Intricate stonework on one of the side entrances of the cathedral


For some reason these shops setup on the side of the cathedral really annoyed me...
For some reason these shops setup on the side of the cathedral really annoyed me...

Finally came back here to crash in a heap. (After doing some web surfing and washing hair etc)

5:20am Sydney time, 9:20pm here....