Western Europe 2018 Trip – Part Four: Berlin

Following almost a week in the UK it was time to move onto Continental Europe, with the first stop being Berlin.

After waiting for my friend’s very late arriving connecting flight we headed to our accommodation, a spot of shopping along Kurfürstendamm and a late night walk around the Brandenburg Gate.

The following morning, I met up with another friend to explore Schloss Charlottenburg, where we found the “new wing” to be the best part of the tour.

The afternoon, was then spent doing a rapid tour through the Tiergarten, East Side Gallery, Alexanderplatz and the Mall of Berlin

Finally, after a packed day and a half, and a currywurst in hand, it was time to jump on the train to our next destination.

Western Europe 2018 Trip – Part Three: Edinburgh

The next leg of my journey was to catch the Flying Scotsman train from London’s King Cross station to Edinburgh’s Waverley station. The modern day version of the Flying Scotsman is very comfortable and had onboard WIFI the entire way – useless for anyone who gets bored looking out the window (I’m not one to get bored looking out windows).

After arriving in the mid afternoon, my friend and I dropped off my bags and their apartment. We then explored the university and the castle area of the city.

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Western Europe 2018 Trip – Part Two: London

I spent two and a half days in London catching up a kiwi friend and co-incidentally my Godparents whom happened to also be visiting at the same time.

During the two days I retraced many of my steps from my previous visit in 2013. Including staying in Kings Cross, visiting the V&A Museum, going for a walk down Southbank and trying to be a businessman in Canary Wharf. Continue reading “Western Europe 2018 Trip – Part Two: London”

Photos: Auckland Weekend Adventure

In November a friend of mine from Europe was visiting Auckland. I went across for a weekend to show them around my hometown.

Below are some photos from that day, they were taken at Mt Victoria, Long Bay, and Western Springs Speedway.

The highlight of the day was capturing a photo of a tui in the bush at Long Bay.

Central Europe Adventures 2016 – Part Twenty Three: Frankfurt

My final day in Germany began by being woken to the sound of Worms Cathedral’s bells tolling. After taking a shower in the freezing bathroom of my hotel room (it was more of a B&B) I carefully packed my suitcase and carry-on backpack for one final day of adventure and then the long journey back to Sydney.

Once I had finished breakfast I rugged up as it was a very cold morning and walked through the pedestrian mall of Worms back to the Worms’ Hauptbahnhof to catch a train to Frankfurt. As I walked I discovered a plaque noting the place where Luther had lived during the Diet of Worms.

To get to Frankfurt I had to catch a local service from Worms back to Mainz and then switch to a S-Bahn service. Although the local trains are “relatively” slow I had a good view of the vineyards that make the Rhine area so famous. I switched trains at Mainz’s Römisches Theater station, unfortunately the transfer time between the two trains was around 2 minutes so I did not have time to take a photo of the ruins of the Roman Theatre that the station is built beside.

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