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Day 3 - Cologne - Hamlin - Hamburg

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On the bus again was the theme of today! We were on the bus for a very long time as we had quite the drive ahead of us. We both enjoyed our time in Cologne, but it was very crowded and different to what we both thought.

Our first stop was Hamlin, a small town known for the story of the Pied Piper. The town is a small, old town with most of their buildings dating back to the 1500s. They were gorgeous, hand carved buildings that were in pristine condition. It made us wonder how on earth they did it on such a grand scale - they were perfect!

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We explored the streets of Hamlin and admired the architecture and churches. There are Pied Piper memorials and souvenir shops everywhere in Hamlin. There are also rat tiles in between the cobblestones through the main walking ways which were interesting to see, between the old buildings and sculptures of children, which are there to show the story to people.

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We went into the main church, which was pretty but small compared to the huge cathedral we saw in Cologne. We quickly grabbed a bite to eat on the go from the bakery, it was delicious, and headed back to the coach to continue our journey to Hamburg.

Kayla slept a lot of the way, but the scenery was similar to that we see on Australia on the way to anywhere. We soon arrived in Hamburg and were marvelled by the HUGE town hall that sits pretty in the centre of town. We both knew that this busy city was one we would both love.

We were right - as we arrived in Hamburg and got off the coach, we both fell in love with this gorgeous city. The buildings, the scenery and all the canals are amazing. We wandered through the streets admiring the expensive shops that we couldn't afford, but enjoyed looking at all the same. We visited the River Alster in the centre of town and took some amazing photos.

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So we weren't joking when we said we couldn't afford anything on a particular street ...

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After a couple of hours of free time we hopped back on the coach and headed to the port of Hamburg - the 2nd largest in Europe! Wow!! They weren't joking - it is huge!! We cruised along the river with an informative guide to the city, enjoying the sites and remembering the sheer size of the ships that were in front of us.

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We both loved the city and it is definitely on the 'come back' list!!

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Day 2 - Rhine Valley, St Goar, Boppard and Cologne

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Day 2 of our tour was very busy. We were changing states again in Germany and had an early start. Bags were packed and stomachs full from a delicious breakfast and we were ready for what day 2 had in store. We decided to sit at the back of the coach, because we have a 'seat rotation' system, so the only way for us is forward.

We headed to Cologne via St Goar for our cruise down the Rhine. St Goar was beautiful and had traditional German buildings, that are postcard worthy. We explored the town before our cruise and then headed to the lake. The cruise was the best one we have done yet. The scenery is a see it to believe it type thing. It was gorgeous! We braved the wind and stayed on the top deck, taking photos and enjoying the picturesque towns and buildings along the way.

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We arrived from our cruise in Boppard, a slightly larger town than St Goar, but in the heart of the Rhine Valley. We had a bit of time to explore, take photos and grab something small to eat. We didn't want to waste too much time at a restaurant, so I had the cheapest ice-cream ever and we kept going! When in ... Germany right?! We explored the church (of course!) and navigated our way through the cobblestone streets. Before heading back to the coach, we grabbed some delicious pastries from the bakery to eat on our way to Cologne.

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After arriving in Cologne, we went on an orientation tour of the city and were dropped near The Dome (cathedral) and had a couple hours to ourself. We went into the Dome and were mesmerised by the sheer size of the church. Neither of us had any idea that this was the trackless building in the world before the Eiffel Tower was built, it is huge!!! We toured the inside, following a map that we purchased, on a trust system type sceme, and took it all in. They certainly know how to build churches! This particular church wasn't fully destroyed during the war, despite the city around it being destroyed, and was given considered protected during this time.

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At the end of the day we explored the streets and just took in the bustling atmosphere - it was so busy compared to the places we have experienced so far.
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Day 1: Frankfurt, Germany

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This was the first day of our tour. We flew into Frankfurt from Copenhagen, after our lengthy goodbyes to Kris' family. We missed our transfers, so we thought, and decided to taxi into our hotel in Offenbach. We arrived safely, checked in and napped before our tour officially started at 4pm.

We were very excited for the beginning of our tour, but were starving, so grabbed a small something and a drink before it began.

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We met everyone in the foyer and we see that we are the youngest by far - the oldies didn't seem to like us much to begin with.

We explored Frankfurt that afternoon and had some free time to explore it by ourselves. Frankfurt is really pretty and much different to what we thought. We saw the famous buildings, churches and memorial sites.

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In the main city area is a huge Catholic Church with a tower that you can go up. Being the crazy people that we are, we decided to walk up the 320 steps to get to the top. Walking up the steps almost killed us, but was worth it with the views, they were amazing! I was impressed with Kris' efforts up there, because we were VERY high!!

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After returning to the bus, we went back to the hotel for a welcome dinner. We met some nice people on our tour, and the 'oldies' seemed to warm to us. After dinner, Kris and I decided to go to the bar for a drink to end our fun-filled day.

Next up, Cologne.

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Our last day in Denmark

Day 16


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Our final day in Sakskøbing was on Sunday 24th May. The day went very quickly but it was a nice end to our experience in Denmark.

We spent the day relaxing at Maj's house and spending the last hours (for awhile) with the kids. Kris played soccer with his nephews, Kayla jumped on the trampoline with Kris' niece, and we were even able to go and get a last Danish hot dog and ice-cream.

We ended the day with a huge family BBQ and were up very late, despite our early departure, trying to prolong our Danish experience. There were also long lines for the shower as someone ... Kimberly!! Decided to throw cream at Kris, and yes it did end with cream all over people's faces, in their hair and all over the yard. It was hilarious and all captured on film!!!

We loved Denmark and are very sad to say goodbye, but are very excited for our European adventure to continue.

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København take 2

Day 15

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We spent our last Saturday in Copenhagen with Maj and Allan. It was a delightful day and full of food, entertainment and new memories.

We drove in and parked in an all day area which was quite convenient. The drive is about 1.5-2hrs from Sakskøbing, but with the gorgeous scenery it was no bother at all. Maj had a place in mind for brunch and we are both very happy that she took us there. We went to a busy cafe right in the heart of Copenhagen and ordered an amazing meal that we all loved. We were able to people watch, enjoy the atmosphere and will the sun to shine on us, as it was a tad cold earlier that morning.

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After brunch we continued exploring the streets, walking through the busiest tourist area of Copenhagen. Kris and I had not been down the street despite our earlier visit. It was interesting to see the people frantically shopping and children screaming because they weren't getting what they wanted. As the day went on, the people increased and the space for walking decreased.

We did stumble across the Lego shop and went back to it later in the day. It was incredible ... and boiling hot!! Lego literally from floor to ceiling. Alas, we did not buy anything because Kris could not decide what he wanted. Probably a good thing, because he would have picked the largest item - that would have been fun lugging it around Europe.

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We went back to Nyhavn again and did the 'typical' tourist thing of taking photos here, there and everywhere. The sun was shining, which made for gorgeous photos. We walked down the street where all the cafes were and just enjoyed the sites. Walking back up the other side was very interesting, on the opposite side to where we were, we spotted 4 drunk people who decided to go skinny dipping in the river ( I certainly wouldn't do that in a hurry - it's dirty). It was hilarious to watch, as the jumped in, struggled climbing out and then pushed each other in once again. For us, it was funnier to see that no police stopped them. No one seemed bothered by them doing it for that matter, and the tourists loved it!!

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After our experience at Nyhavn we decided to head to Christiania. Christiania is a small 'suburb' in the centre of Copenhagen that is very hippy and alternative. They have their own laws and live within the boundaries. In certain parts of this area photos are not allowed. The lifestyle is laid back, but very interesting to see.

The day flew by and it was already evening. We walked back into Copenhagen, had cake and bought our last minute souvenirs. We went back to the 'weird' dinner place where we had dinner on our first night, for a delicious steak dinner.

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After dinner we headed back to Sakskøbing with lots of photos taken and new memories stored. Thanks Maj and Allan, we had a great day!!

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Life in Sakskøbing

Days 12-14

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During our last week in Sakskøbing we were lucky enough to be able to go and see Kris' niece Sarah's Acro training.

It was amazing! The strength and lack of fear that those kids had was outstanding. It was one of their last training sessions before their championship on Saturday. We know they will do great.

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We have a video of her routine on our Facebook page, so head over there to see Sarah in action!!

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Nakskov

Day 11

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Nakskov is a small town and it's a very old town. The town itself is 750 years old and has a high number of Polish people living there. It is also one of the few towns in the area to have a Catholic Church, as most Danish people are Lutheran.

The town has suffered of late due to big companies moving out of the area, so there are not a lot of jobs, which makes for a number of empty buildings and a high number of homeless people. Despite this, it is still very pretty and worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Today we visited a friend Wiesia, who invited us for afternoon tea and dinner , with her daughter and husband as well. She lives on the Main Street of Nakskov, just out of the main town centre. Her house was gorgeous and full of items that made us feel so welcome and at home. We had a lovely Australian afternoon tea. We were lucky enough to have fresh pavlova that Weisa made, it was delicious. After dinner we headed back to Sakskøbing.

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Exploring Shælland

Day 10

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So on Day 10 (Monday 18th), we took to the road with Kris' dad Togo and drove up the coast of Lolland (the island where we are staying) to Shælland (one of the closest islands and the island where Copenhagen is). This day was a very 'Togo Flindt-Petersen - This is Your Life' type day as Kris' dad was taking us to the town where he grew up and did his apprenticeship in.

We drove through lots of towns and places on this day but we visited Holte, Gilleleje, Helsingør and Klampenborg.

On the way to Togo's family home, we stopped lake-side to check out where Togo used to 'hang out' when he was a kid. It was here that Kayla fell in love with the picturesque countryside and views. The lake was glistening in the sunlight and the boats by the shore were calling our names. Nothing was open and we were very disappointed that we couldn't take the river cruise, as they only run on a weekend!! C'mon people - we travelled from Australia!! You could open for us!!

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Next up we stopped off at the edge of where the forest meets the water. It was here that Togo spent time exploring the forest and lakeside in his youthful days. The scenery here was stunning and the photos do it more justice than words can!

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Holte was the town where Togo grew up and spent most of this childhood in. This is also where he did his apprenticeship as a baker many moons ago. The town is very quaint and has only grown in size since he lived there and last visited. He said it has changed a bit, but is more developed and has more people. He took us to where he lived and where his parents had their bakery - it was the same building. The shops have been changed into houses now but you could still see some of the orginal features, and one house still had the shopfront style entry way, which was good to see. Kris and Togo talked about bakery stuff and Kayla went for a walk around the back - she was very tempted to jump the fence but decided not to like in Spain. (probably the best decision) After we explored the house/old shop a little more, Togo took us both into the main part of town. It was here that he lived for 4 years (14-18 years old) in order to complete his apprenticeship. As the house, the shop has also been changed into something else and is no longer a bakery - a damn shame I say!! We explored the town a little more and salivated at all the delicious fruit that was on sale in the Main Street. We decided it was time for a coffee and headed down to the lake (a smaller lake than the one we visited this morning, but I think they're linked). Like the morning view, this view was equally as brilliant. Having our coffee in the morning sun with ducks all around was lovely. We sat there for awhile and soaked up the sun.

Next up was Gilleleje, another small town known for all the summer houses that people have here in Denmark. It reminded me a lot of Port Adelaide, but is a Fisherman's village and houses some of the yummiest seafood. Clearly we had lunch here - fish and chips was a no brainer! The food at the kiosk where we ate was delicious, the view was stunning and the company ... well it wasn't too bad!

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After lunch we headed to our next destination - Kronborg Slot (Castle) in Helsingør. It was a fair drive and although Denmark is small we covered, a fair distance on this day. Kronborg Slot is better known as Elsinore ... the place where Shakespeare set his story Hamlet. The castle is situated in a strategic site that connects the stretch of water between Denmark and Sweden. It was pretty damn cool standing on the edge of the castle wall looking out at Sweden!! We were very amazed at how close it really is. Kronborg Castle also plays a significant part in Danish history and has many Renaissance features such as the four wings and surrounding courtyards. Did you know that in 1629 the castle pretty much burnt down and King Christian IV commissioned the rebuild of this castle immediately. This information on the sign inside was where Kayla found the grammar mistake - clearly the Danish to English translation on google didn't work well!! Lol The castle is very picturesque and absolutely stunning on the inside and out. Because of the time we visited, we pretty much had the castle (at times) to ourselves. This was great because it meant we got lots of good photos without the annoying tourists in them. This castle is also here that you can find Holger Danske, the protector of Denmark. He sits below in The Casemates. His story is worth a Google, so make sure you do it. Togo was most excited to see this huge statue. He is quite literally under the ground in a black room with lights shining only on him. It was very eery and Kayla did not like it one bit. We explored The Casemates further and needed to use a flashlight to get around and there were no lights at all. We (Kris and Kayla) couldn't get out quick enough and Togo loved every second of being trapped under the ground where you couldn't even stand up straight at times because it was so small and confined!! Our last stop in the castle was the giftshop!! Hahaha We are now proud owners of our very own Holgar, who will protect our house from enemies. We loved Kronborg Castle and learning more about the Danish history was very interesting and eye opening.

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On our way back to Sakskøbing, we stopped off at an amusement park called Bakken is actually the oldest operating amusement park in the world and opened in 1583. Unlike Tovoli where you have to pay entry, Bakken is free to get in for all ages, which makes it very attractive for families of Denmark. It was much different to Tovoli but still had the same idea - rides, attractions and food. Bakken was filled with more locals and children of all ages riding the various rides regardless of whether it was raining or not. It had a lot more charm than Tovoli and reminded me (Kayla) of what the Melbourne Show used to be like growing up! We walked around, got ice-cream, explored the shops and people-watched. It was actually lots of fun and very different to what we both imagined. We decided to eat dinner inside, as there are a million different restaurants that you can eat at. We choose a small Danish restaurant and ordered in Danish - well Togo translated to us, we said yay or nay and he ordered in Danish! The food was actually quite nice and filled us up ready for the rest of our trip back.

We arrived back in Sakskøbing after an exhausting, yet fun-filled 12 hour day. Our feat ached and we were ready for bed! Thanks for a great day Togo.

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Maj's Birthday Dinner - The Big 40

Day 8


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A few days earlier it was Maj's actual bday where we did cake and the 3 K's (Kris,Kayla and Kimmie) cooked dinner for her.

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So back to today:

We are heading into Nykøbing F. Where the Chinese restaurant is. We were a lot of people so some had to catch the train and the rest could fit in cars.
We arrived at the restaurant

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So in total there were 18 of us (almost filled the restaurant).
So, There was... Maj, Allan, Jeremy, Kimmie, PATRICK, Sarah, David, Sonny, Kris, Kayla, Eve, Togo, Annie, Birger, Jacob, fred (pedro's GF), Michelle aka Mizze (Jeremy's GF) and Pernille (Sonny's GF)
Some of you may wonder why Patrick's name is in capital letters it's because as I (Kris) type this he is stating that he is the most important so he should be in capitals.
The Chinese restaurant is a buffet restaurant so you can just keep getting as much food as you want.

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Everyone had a great time and it was lots of fun!!!!!!!

Next up ... Exploring the island of Shælland.

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Nykøbing Falster

Day 7: A day in Nykøbing!

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Today we went to Nykøbing Falster, which is probably the nearest biggest town next to Sakskøbing, it is also the town where Kimmie (Kris' niece) goes to school. We went with Kris' dad (Togo), Kris' nephew Patrick aka Pedro and his girlfriend Frederikke aka Fred. Togo was meeting Wiesa for the day so we got a free lift into town which was great!! It also meant that we didn't have to catch the train!

Nykøbing F. is also where we are going for dinner for Maj's b'day. There is a Chinese restaurant there that Maj likes, and it is the easiest for how many people we will be - 18!!

We started walking down the Main Strip of shops and Pedro wanted to look in all shoe stores because he loves sneakers!! He also went into all the phone stores looking for a cover for his phone. The shops are just your average shops - yep, they have the same ones as at home, although most are in Danish. Kayla wanted an ice-cream but she needed to wait until after lunch, which she was not happy about.

Here are some photos of the day. The weather was great and the company was even better. We had a great day and it was nice spending time with Pedro and Fred and meeting Togo and Weisa for lunch.

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