A Birthday Trip without a Birthday - 2/16: Conclusion and Bonus Birthday Tea

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  1. PennyLane1084

    PennyLane1084 DIS Veteran

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    Great pictures Katharina! The soap box derby looks like so much fun. And I bet the photo exhibition was pretty neat too. I'd love to see Berlin one day.
     
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  3. Lady Lallie

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    Just wanted to let you know that I'm here and catching up on your wonderful plans, you trip sounds like it is going to be so much fun. :goodvibes
     
  4. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Hi everyone!! Sorry for the long absence, but I am back now with an important announcement: Look at our ticker - only 3 months from today and we will arrive at the Boardwalk! :banana::banana::banana:

    Katharina is off on vacation at the moment in Northern France, but I have some new pictures to post - and hope to get into more of a mood of updating this in the next weeks! :goodvibes
     
  5. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Thanks for your lovely comments! I find it always interesting how many people in America have connections with Germany - either through ancestry or because of their military service. :goodvibes

    Glad you are enjoying the PTR! I propably should have reread the Harry Potter books as well, now I am going to be confused when I watch the movie... :scared1: ;)

    Thanks for all the info! Katharina and I really looking forward to this. We have decided to not spend any park time on a TS meal, so thanks for the recommendation of Circus McGurkus! :thumbsup2

    Hi!! :goodvibes

    :welcome: Thanks for the nice comments about the TR! I can't wait for October to come either... :rolleyes1

    Hi Tracy, sounds like a great plan for your niece. And after having read and investigated those two parks, Katharina and I are really very excited about that side trip - we admitted the other day that we are so tempted to make this into a two day side trip, but then we are afraid that that would make our WDW part more hectic. And that is something we want to avoid at all cost!!
     
  6. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Hi Brook, I am sure you will get to plan that trip Paris one day!! :thumbsup2

    Thanks for the story about Minnesota - it is great to hear that there are some real American towns which still have the feel of Main Street. I think I have mentioned that quite a few times (mainly to Wendy), but I would love to one day make a trip with just visiting places like this. :goodvibes

    Hi Leslie! Great to see you back on the boards and doing well! Katharina and I were just talking about what had happened to you a few weeks ago! :goodvibes
     
  7. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Two weeks ago my work had their annual summer day out - and we went on an excursion to a town north of Nuremberg called Coburg.

    There even is a Disney connection between Coburg and Walt Disney World. The most famous son of Coburg would be Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a prince born into the family of the local rulers (at that time Germany did not have one central state, but was split up in a lot of different little kingdoms and principalities). He went on to marry his cousin, Queen Victoria. So he is the Albert in the restaurant at the Grand Floridian called Victoria and Albert's.

    Let's start with a few pictures around town:

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    This is the castle the princes of Coburg used inside the town - Queen Victoria was a regular visitor here, as well as in the summer castle, just outside town:

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    In the afternoon we went hiking, so I have a few pictures of the countryside, villages and old castle ruins which we saw:

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    At the end of the walk we had taken a wrong turn and ended up with having to cross the building site for the new railway from Nuremberg to Berlin:

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    And one fun picture - we were rather surprised to see the symbol for Nuremberg's ice hockey team so prominently on the coach we were travelling on. It turned out that it was one of their official coaches which they use for matches etc.

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  8. tiggrbaby

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    Welcome back! I love your little photo tours; your country is quite beautiful!
     
  9. PennyLane1084

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    Very Nice Magdelena!! What a lovely town, so pretty!!

    WooHoo for 3 months. :woohoo:
     
  10. jenb1023

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    Great photos! The history of Europe and the age of the buildings, etc. always amazes me! Looks like a lovely day!

    :cool1::yay::cheer2: woo-hoo for three months!
     
  11. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    Thanks for the trip through Coburg. It looks lovely.



    oh and :woohoo::yay::banana: for 3 months!!!
     
  12. glennbo123

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    Oh man, I love those European towns. I'd love to visit.

    That was a neat tie-in to Disney and Victoria & Alberts. :thumbsup2
     
  13. Lady Lallie

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    I took a self-imposed DIS hiatus. I knew I couldn't plan anymore trips for 2011 and so I just needed to take a break and focus on things that were not Disney related but I'm back and planning a trip for my husband & I in January which I'm very excited about.

    Your pictures are so beautiful, I really need to do some more traveling around the world to se all of these gorgeous sights!
     
  14. lovealldisney

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    Thank you Magdalene for the lovely pictures! :cloud9: Just beautiful.... I love the Disney link as well very cool. And yeah :woohoo: for 3 months!
     
  15. englishrose47

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    Great pix of Coburg !!As I am reading the update I seemed to have a:idea: go off !!!Of course Prince Albert !! Queen Victoria passed a law that still stands . No King can ever rule as Albert, she never wanted anyone to be higher than her beloved Albert!!!
     
  16. Captain_Oblivious

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    :woohoo: Nerdy engineering stuff! :banana:

    The town of Coburg looks beautiful. Reminds me a lot of Fantasyland. Do you think the people there would mind if I explored every building on my own, like I do at Disney? :rotfl:
     
  17. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Thanks! :goodvibes

    I was surprised how pretty the town was myself! :thumbsup2

    It was a great day. :goodvibes

    :cool1: for three months! Coburg was a very pleasent surprise.
     
  18. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    There are plenty of beautiful towns in that area - Bamberg is close by and a world heritage site.

    I had a look at your PTR. looks like you did well with focusing on non-Disney issues! :thumbsup2

    I always hope that my Germany updates do inspire people do consider travelling abroad. If I can travel to the US easily, it shouldn't be so much more difficult for you to come to Europe! :goodvibes

    The Disney link is cute, isn't it? :goodvibes I thought you would enjoy them - you loved Würzburg as well, didn't you. Similar building style.

    How funny about Albert - but then who would want to be called Albert anyway? ;)

    :lmao: Well, one of the buildings was the city hall, so it is a public building which you could explore.

    If you want to know more about the nerdy engineering stuff (it shows that I am the daughter of a civil engineer, that's why I take pictures like that), here is the info on that new railway: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg–Erfurt_high-speed_railway

    It is supposed to reduce the travel time by train betwen Munich and Berlin to 4 hours, it's 6 hours at the moment, but was 8 hours in 1992.
     
  19. lovealldisney

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    WOW 4 hours to Munich from Berlin that is fantastic it would make travel so much easier. When DH and I were planning our Germany trip we made a rule about train travel no more that 4-5 hours to a new destination by train. We didn't want to waste a whole day on a train. We even loved traveling by train! Something we don't have here in the midwest. And I hope Katharina will post pictures from her trip to Northern France! That would be lovely too...:goodvibes
     
  20. mom3sonstt

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    That's funny that you say that - I think it goes to show how big our Midwest area is. I live about 20 minutes from Galesburg, IL and you can't get through town without waiting on trains. Granted, most of them are freight trains, but there is an Amtrak station in town also. I have only taken one trip on it - went to Chicago once for a business meeting. But my husband used to take it a few times a year when he had a supplier he had to visit in Kansas City. It's not always very convenient. My son goes to school in Carbondale and there is an Amtrak station near campus, but for him to get home using it he would have to go from Carbonale (southern Illinois) to Chicago (northern Illinois) to Galesburg (Central Illinois) :confused3 Needless to say, he has never done that.
     
  21. lovealldisney

    lovealldisney Lover of all things Disney!

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    Oh we have trains here and an Amtrak station in town. I was referring to the high speed rail in Europe or even their local Regional trains. You could travel all of Germany without need of a car. We have nothing of that here in the mid-west.
     

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