22- June 5
For this year’s CATHEDRAL QUEST
we decided on Germany starting in Cologne and traveling south along the Rhine
River. We were feeling confident
that we could drive in Germany since we had been so successful in our
“quest” in France in 2005. We
spent many months reading about German Cathedrals and their locations.
I had been inspired by my models of Cologne and
Speyer Cathedrals. My
reservation expert wife booked wonderful hotels and a few restaurants, and
reserved a car. This year, I
had invested in a TomTom GPS with European maps.
We had a great time playing with all kinds of travel options in planning
this year’s CATHEDRAL QUEST.
Our hotel in Cologne had a
spectacular view of the Cologne Cathedral. After
several days exploring Cologne with a side trip to Aachen, we pick up our rental
car and headed south with one or two stops in Mainz, Trier, Worms, Speyer,
Freiburg, and Basel. Then we drove
across Switzerland to Lindau which is on Lake Constance (the Bodensee).
This was my wife’s down time- no “cathedral quests”.
We had three wonderful days with a marvelous view from our hotel balcony
of Lake Constance and the Alps. We
took a side trip to Meersburg Castle (another
model that I had made). While
planning this CATHEDRAL QUEST , I
had convinced my wife that I wanted to see Mad Ludwig’s Castle , Neuschwanstein
since I had made a model of
it. So we had a night at Hohenschwangau. It
was well worth the trip. We drove
back across Switzerland for two days in Zurich before flying home. On this
cathedral quest we visited nine cathedrals, thirteen other historic church and
three castles. We enjoyed the
castles. I may take up a “castle
quest” in my next life!!
The GPS was fantastic.
It took us from door to door and even if we made a wrong turn in one of
the traffic circles, it immediately got us back on the correct route.
Don’t let the thought of driving on the autobahn scare you.
They are a lot safer than the highways we experience around D.C.!!!
The GPS’s computer's voice had a hard time with a few of the German
names. Again we didn’t have any
problems with the language. My wife
had lived a few years in Germany and many words came back to her.
For the most part I just kept my mouth shut.
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