Tuesday, May 25, 2010

France and Germany

Sunday May 16:

In the morning we crossed the English Channel in the Eurotunnel. You drive your car into one of the train cars, put it in park and sit back for 35 minutes until you reach Calais, France. It’s pretty amazing! The Chunnel trip was probably the most exciting part of the day, since the rest of the day was just driving through France into Germany. Stani drove most of the day, but I did get a chance to drive on the infamous, no speed limit, German autobahn. As I crossed the border from France to Germany, I was driving 75 mph in the right lane and this guy flew by me like I was standing still. Stani thought this was funny and said, “Welcome to Germany!”

May 17-20:

We had a really nice time staying with Stani’s sister, Tania, in Frankfurt for a few days. It was great seeing her and her family, visiting the botanical gardens, seeing their garden plot with flowers, strawberries and a garden house, and walking around the city a bit. The old part of town was really cool. Most of this area was destroyed during World War II, but when it was rebuilt, they did it in the old style.

On May 19th, we drove from Frankfurt to Munich and stayed overnight with Olaf, a friend of Stani’s who studied in Ann Arbor about 10 years ago. We had a nice evening with his family, seeing his house, bikes, model airplanes and Volkswagen camper.


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