Journeys of CG

Just a blog on my various trips - and my thoughts likes and complaints about them.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Oberjoch Specker Ski trip 2014

Well I decided to go again on the Ski trip to Oberjoch in Germany. The weather was very nice maybe too nice the area could have done with more snow, however the slopes were finely pisted and good skiing was had. I had the new experience of guiding a blind skier for 4 days, and calling the turns from a few meters behind him, eventually we worked out a pattern and we traversed the mountains easily enough stopping off for the mandatory currywurst, hot choclate, Ski wasser and goulash on occasions.
For two days i was with a V.I. skier who followed me trusting soul he is. Had a few burns on my own which was when i had my traditional couple of spills, thankfully no one there to witness these;) Also the mandatory couple of visits to Josefs had to be done.
Good restaurants as I have always found in Germany, and evenings such as the mad frenchmans restaurant, Schnitzel Night as well as a couple of sing song nights, a few musical darkhorses there, as ever if invited i promise to learn a few songs for next year. A big thanks to the Dave and Eileen for organising, much appreciated.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Czech Republic for Neil and Danielas wedding in Kromeriz

Well a few days in the Czech Republic Neils & Danielas wedding in Kromeriz (can't do the accents), really enjoyable nice place and delighted i went. Went via Brataslava, and got mistaken for a German in a restaurant for some reason. Kromeriz was lovely, a place I would otherwise never have visited I suppose. One thing i really like holidaying in Europe is travelling by train, I went to Prague on a bit of an journey, via Hulin and Olomouc, then the mainline to Prague. Prague is lovely ok parts are a bit sleazy but I liked the Architecture and History, the castle the jewish quarter, the bridges the river. Alas got mistaken for an american or english person which kinda annoyed me.  Watched the intercontinental cup with a few jewish americans, nice guys but I had to explain offside, and "No the game is not divided into quarters!"
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Monday, March 11, 2013

Oberjoch Specker Ski trip

Well after being asked to go skiing by my chess team colleague for manys a year Mick, it seemed to suit me and I enlisted to go to Oberjoch, in Germany for some skiing, staying in Bad Hindleberg. A little different from my previous ventures skiing, as part of the specker gang I got paired with Cove, and we grouped together with mick, terry and annamarie. The VIPs easily show you what a coward you are, but we manned up and did a good bit of off piste, only one dramatic fall by myself and i have bribed the person who took the photo not to show it...

The group was good craic and the organisers deserve a massive thanks for making the trip such good fun. Apologies for my guitar playing on two nights, I should really learn more songs, and not sing!

Oberjoch is a small resort, with 9 lifts, 3 double t-bars and 1 chair lift, great plans to put in some new chair lifts which would be great and to link it to the next valley. Oberjoch is on the border with austria with one of the runs on the austrian side where my phone kept beeping text messages. Bavaria is very like Austria, I find it hard to tell the difference. I like German food, which is funny, and Austria food, that grostl like thing i had was stupendous I also had 3 Currywursts through the week, it now seems i have a check list of ski cuisine, bratwurst, currywurst, appelstrudl, schnitzel and grostl.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Helsinki and Tallinn

My first time in both Finland and Estonia, and I quite liked both. Flew into helsinki, very much like other nordic towns prices were quite high, but not that different. A mad taxi driver took us to the harbour and we got a ferry to tallinn which took 2hours, it is very much like a baltic town, not unlike some northern german ones, the old town is very nice, seen Paul Keres chess house, some nice old buildings and a night out prices were cheaper for food and drink.
The problem with tallinn is that if your anglophonic they assume you are an english stag party.. Returned to Helsinki on the ferry, and went for a walk to some park met a hedgehog and down by the coast and harbour, via the olympic terminal and back to the town. The Ice bar which is a must was disappointing since it was empty, wrong time of year perhaps. The cloakroom charge for every coat is annoying and kept you from bar hopping too much. Finns are mad, and i like mad people and a few good laughs and a late night.
Did the boat trip to Suomenlinna Island and Sea fortresses is excellent, the trip in bay was nice and the island is amazing well kept, well worth the UNESCO status and a visit is a must. The Harbour market is very good if your a tourist and the food, was so enticing alas we skipped it planning to visit later. A quiet night out yet we still managed to stay all hours talking to some strange Finns. The late night meant we nearly missed our taxi to the airport but the pleasant finns waited, the return flight via stockholm, reminded me of the benefits of the euro and annoyance of looking for credit card for snacks in the airport. Overall I liked both helsinki and tallinn, there was lots to do and lots we didnt do, and things would be much better in the summer. I would go again, which is the sure sign for me that i liked it. Next time, go during summer, go to olympic stadium and get that grostel like dish with meatballs at the harbour, hire a bike and take another bay tour. Two New Countries so
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Copenhagen (and Malmo) June 2012

Well a short trip to Copenhagen, while i have been in denmark before sail to the islands of Falster and Mon, I have only passed through Copenhagen, or spent a day there. We went there as a kinda consolation to not going to Euro2012, but we found an trip nearly as expensive (what logic)! A day trip to Malmo across the Oresund bridge was a must, what a feet of engineering, Malmo indeed like copenhagen reminds me of other nordic cities like oslo, gotenburg and stockholm, and indeed not unlike some German cities particularly the baltic coast ones of Rostock and Stralsund, it was a pity it rained, some kid whistling celebrating their graduation was a menace but good to see.
The bus tour up to the mermaid (at least this time it was sunny and warm not like many years ago) still it is a bit underwhelming, but the trip was nice, and good to see the fortress and castle and city, the 2nd bus tour up the the Carlsberg factory was also interesting even as a non-drinker couldn't believe their old swasticka logo! but interesting it was, so much so we got delayed and missed the bus back. A good place to go out, we found the former meet processing area full of danish bars and non-touristy which was good, the touristy places people were friendly and good fun, they have a strange liking for '80s music. I felt it a safe place to be. The hotel was pricey yet quite basic, then the all seemed to be. I would go again, take the trip to the commune, or up to the hamlet castle and maybe take the ferry across the sound. I would also hire a bike, unusually for me i didn't, but as such a flat and bike friendly city it is an excellent way to see it. Overall it is a nice place to go out, using kroner is a hassle and reminds you of the convenience of the euro, i ended up with a pocket full of both swedish and danish change.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Berlin Sept 2011

Well Berlin another visit, this time for 4 days,

Alexanderplatz tv tower was very good for the view and restaurant, the olympic stadium is amazing well worth the visit, the brandenburg gate climbing that statute that is in "far away so close" tested the hamstrings but worth it for the view.

This time I didn't hire a bike nor do the segway tour, due to my fractured hand, which took the polices' attention when we wandered into an SPD rally in Potsdamerplatz, where i had some top notch currywurst.

Museum Island, the Catherdral, humbolt univeristy, cool buildings on the eastern side, and funny pedestrian crossing lights...
Funny to see eamo get addicted to Currywurst, which I understand... Staying at checkpoint charlie, just near a Ubann station, and the 3 day pass was great value for such an efficient public transport system.. even our chase scene efforts to just make the flight were facilitated by german efficiency...

It is perhaps my favourite or second favourite city, and I didn't get to do all the things i had planned... so next time

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Surfing in Bundoran

Went for a weekend trip with Ivan and gang to Bundoran, Co. Donegal for some attempts at surfing. I must say I was impressed by the surf n turf guys and the set up they had(good to have a cuppa and biscuit after a few hours out), if only my surfing was half as good.

The journey up we went via cavan and enniskillen, which seemed shorter even if the change from km/ph to mph was strange to adjust back and forth going through fermanagh.

Saturday weather was good, and rossnowlagh seemed a good spot, the rain on sunday initially dampened our spirits but once suited and out it was fine. The BBQ on saturday night was a bit of a laugh, and then the night in bally shannon was hectic, good to see Ireland win versus Macedonia.

looking forward to the next time.

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