Sundays are very boring in Germany – everything is closed. But we try to think out the best way of doing Germany on Sundays. So we did that today and we had a great day here. We left Bremen in the morning and we headed for Stade – a little town outside Hamburg which is really very cosy with its beautiful houses and a little harbour. It was morning coffee time in Stade.
Don’t ask me about the weather. It was quite horrible during whole day. Rain and greyish. Totally boring on a boring German Sunday. But we came to Hamburg in a very exciting way found out by our GPS-Klaus (it’s his name). Small roads, harbour, bridges. It was really exciting.
Hamburg was OK after the last week’s summit with Donald Trump. We found our usual parking near the Michael Church and near our favorite restaurant “Pauliner” – the Bawarian restaurant in Hamburg. We really love their food and we’ve been their sincere fans for 15 years or more.
From Hamburg to Husum it takes about 2 hours. But we had a good luck without any traffic stockings and we came to Husum quite early. It is our last night on this holiday and now we go home to Malmö for some laundry and meeting our friends before we leave for our big Poland adventure at the beginning of August. So stay tuned… there will be a lot of Poland blog here soooooon.
So on the road again back to the northern parts of Europe. A little bit colder again…
We started in a little Dutch village of Sloten. Definitely worth to be seen. So typical Dutch with its beautiful houses and channels and situated on a little island. We came before all tourists so we could enjoy calm and silence and good coffee.
The last big city in Holland before the German border is Groningen. We did not stay there but we really liked some modern houses, especially the black-and-white one which is a hotel.
Our final destination on Saturday is Bremen. The city is beautiful and we of course enjoyed a glas of white wine near the Rathaus. So beautiful.
Today is the National Day in France. And today we left France for this time heading through Belgium for Holland.
It went quickly to get through Belgium and then we came to Holland and its exciting big highways.
We had some problems with parking issues in the first city we stopped for lunch and wanted to park our car. It was impossible to pay for the parking and we were not the only ones who had the same problem. Finally we found a place we could stay, park and have a lunch. Then we continued to drive around Amsterdam without any traffic jams or any other problems.
We arrived quite early to our hotel in the town of Enkhuizen.
After check-in we went to the church for sight-seeing and a modern art exhibition.
Enkhuizen is a little charming town with a very nice main street with shops and restaurants.
Then we enjoyed the channels and the old harbour.
Tomorrow more Holland and back to Germany for two days.
We woke up in Honfleur and realized that it was our last day in France (for this time). A very nice day with a slow drive through Normandy and Picardy. We started with the impressive Pont Normandy and drove north-east.
In the beginning of our trip we bought some French newspapers which we read and found some tips about beautiful small towns and villages. One of them is Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme and we went there. It is a very nice old village which developed to a big town which is totally touristic. We enjoyed the oldest part of the town.
Being in the middle of nowhere it was hard to plan lunch. We drove on small roads looking for a “brasserie” or restaurant without finding anything but suddenly we saw a name “Chez Nathalie” (At Nathalies) and there we stayed for a very tasty lunch menu. I have already forgotten where it was but it was really very nice place.
So we continued to Arras which is our final destination today, Thursday – the day before the National Day in France. We came to our hotel in the city center with a good parking after 3 p.m. We got a parking place for our car and a very nice big room.
From our hotel we had a 5 minutes walk to go to the old town and the beautiful places as for instance the Place of the Heroes – problably the nicest place in the city.
We had a beer at the Grand Place and we really enjoyed the weather – quite warm but not hot. This is the best thing with northern France maybe.
As it was the last day in France we had to find the newest issue of “Paris Match” which is out every Thursday in France. We found “Paris Match” which we will read together with our French teacher in August and we found a cosy place for a glas of white wine (Muscadet is our summer favorite in France). It will be a bit hard to leave France tomorrow but we have to because we’ve got lots to look forward to this summer. I do not say what – yet, but you will see. And tomorrow we will pay a visit to a new country where we will stay for a night. See you tomorrow here.