World Traveller 73


I had wanted to visit Mainz, Germany on a Frankfurt stopover for many years now. When we made it through, we discovered what a pleasant city and Alstat area it has. It would be a preferred choice for stopovers in the Frankfurt area thanks to its easy train connections to and from the airport. This post is one chapter in our Around the World in Star Alliance First Class via China, Thailand… Read More

City Visit: To Bremen for Lunch, Germany After a few days in Hannover, it was time for something different. After MrsWT73’s late wake up after a lengthy work dinner and evening socializing / networking, we hit the road at a leisurely noon. We checked out of the Novotel and put all the bags in the trunk of the Audi. The Route and Getting there: We headed north on the A7 towards Bremen…. Read More

City Visit: Celle, Lower Saxony, Germany From the memorial, I headed down to Celle. Celle was recommended as a place to visit by several of MrsWT73’s Hannover colleagues. Celle has a storybook pedestrian village that allows for some great exploring. When I arrived in the late afternoon, Christmas Market #4 was in full swing. Although the market was a bit smaller than the Hanover version, it had many more younger families. I… Read More

Activity: Gedenkstätte Bergen-Bilson Concentration Camp, Lohheide, Germany. Collecting the rental: I went to pick up the rental car today. I had pre-arranged with Sixt; my choice when in Europe. The website usually works great and it even allows you to pre-select a diesel model for a small upcharge. Unfortunately, the promised 500 AAdvantage miles for the rental have yet to post despite several attempts and Sixt have been difficult to chase after… Read More

City Visit: Christmas Markets in Hanover, Germany – Part II I took in today doing a little shopping. Being a work day, MrsWT73 was in meetings all day. I took the U Train downtown and engaged in a little retail therapy. There were great deals on Great deals on European brands like Scotch and Soda (from Amsterdam) among others. I later returned to the hotel to drop everything off. It was the… Read More

Review: Novotel Hanover, Germany MrsWT73’s business meeting put her up at this hotel on a group rate. Overall, it was a pretty unremarkable stay. The property was well located but typical of the business hotels people stay in; well featured but not a whole lot going for it. The hotel is located in a suburban area of Hanover. We took a taxi from the Hautbahnhof which was 9.60 Euro. Hotel Surroundings: “A… Read More

City Visit: Christmas Markets in Munich, Germany We woke up at about 10:30 AM and had a late Brunch breakfast in the hotel restaurant. The weather was unfortuately rainy today, making it less than ideal for a day of sightseeing. We walked from the hotel two long blocks down to Karlsplatz. Karlsplatz was festively decorated with a temporary skating rink. It marked the unofficial start of the Munich Christmas Market. Christmas Markets… Read More

Review: Le Meridien Munich, Germany We stepped off the S8 and arrived the Munich Hautbahnhoff, which was all decorated for Christmas. We walked out the south door. The Le Meriden Munich is right across the street from the Hautbahnoff and next door to the Aloft. The Meridien’s location, although not in the nicest neighbourhood of Munich, is exceptionally convenient to access Munich’s transit systems. It’s also within reasonable walking distance of Marienplatz…. Read More