So, about our trip. It feels so long ago now. We decided to go for 4 weeks this time. So in my last post I said that we were flying into Frankfurt and after booking it, I realised what a bad idea that was. There isn't really all that much to see in Frankfurt. If I was still working in Investment Banking and got sent there for work (highly doubt that would have happened), I may have shown a smidge of excitement. But not great for a holiday destination. Anyway, I decided that rather than stay in boring boring Frankfurt, we'll stay in Wiesbaden. This turned out to be a great idea as it was only a 30 minute train ride from Frankfurt airport and it was such a quaint town right on the Rhine.
We stopped overnight in Dubai as we weren't sure how Mr M would be on the flight. The flight from Sydney to Dubai was a complete nightmare. I booked a late flight (9.45pm) thinking Mr M would sleep. The flight didn't take off till about 10.30pm by which time Mr M was over tired and completely bonkers. He screamed all the way during take-off. When the bassinet was put up, we put him in it and he sat up and smiled at everyone (talk about split personalities). But I think he was really far gone and pretty much slept and screamed till we got to Dubai.
Luckily in Dubai, we got upgraded to a suite at the hotel and pretty much zonked out after lunch. Dubai to Frankfurt was much more civilised and Mr M was perfect. Completely different to the baby I left Sydney with.
|Fountain with geothermal water (it's pretty hot)|
We stayed in a lovely old apartment right by Wiesbaden Hauptbahnhof (main train station) through Airbnb. Wiesbaden is known for it's geothermal baths and littered throughout the town are these fountains with pretty hot water spouting out from them.
|BFG, Mr M and the Russian Church up at Neroberg|
I really like going to Germany. I find it quite easy to get around (seriously, it's their super efficient transport system), I love a good bratwurst and wiess bier and there is always something to see.
We did a day trip to Frankfurt and spent a couple of hours in Mainz.
|Wiesbaden New Town Hall|
Next stop was Munich. We took the train to Munich (this was our great Europe train adventure). We should have just flown directly into Munich. Again we stayed in an apartment through Airbnb. The lady who we rented the apartment from met us at the train station and took us right to the apartment! She was so lovely and we actually spent an afternoon walking around the Englischer Gardens with her and her little dogs while we were there.
|Responsible parenting - at Hofbrauhaus|
|Wollmeise goodness - walls and walls of it|
It really was an indulgence as going to Pfaffenhofen took all day. Luckily, it was also on the way to the Dachau concentration camp and the BFG wanted to visit. So after all the colourful yarny happiness, we went to Dachau where it was just really grey and sad.
|More responsible parenting - enjoying Bavarian food (and beer)|
|Knitting with Wollmeise on the train to Bern|
|A very "Sound of Music" picturesque photo of Mr M.|
|On the Ferry to Interlaken|
|Mr M among the alps|
Our last stop in Switzerland was a couple of days in Zurich. And when in Switzerland....
Our next and main destination was of course Denmark. We flew out of Zurich and then onto Copenhagen. After our obligatory hot dog at the airport, we took the train to where my inlaws live where my Father in Law picked us up at the train station. It was his first time meeting Mr M (in real life - they skype regularly). It was a lovely meeting. My sister in law had also flown in from the UK and we were all staying in a B&B in Svendborg.
We pretty much bummed around Svendborg eating loads of pastries for a couple of days. Then back to Copenhagen for a week. My nephews were really excited as this was their first trip to Copenhagen (they go to Denmark regularly but always seem to skip the city) and were really excited about going to Tivoli gardens.
I'm starting to know my way around Copenhagen. We like staying in Norrebro as it's kind of like Newtown (but less busy) even though it horrifies my mother in law who thinks that area is a bit rough.
The last leg of our trip was a 3 day stay in Dubai on the way home.
|Fountains at Dubai Mall|
|My own squishy|