Rolf Kremer

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Travel Report: Scotland

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Last week I was in > Scotland, which was my first time there. We started with a flight by > KLM from > Hamburg over > Amsterdam to > Glasgow.  The first two-and-a-half day we were in Glasgow. The reason for the travel was the > concert of Bruce Springsteen at the > Hampden Park in > Glasgow on Tuesday. The concert was very good. In Glasgow we stayed in the > Mercure City Hotel which location was very central. On Monday we made a short trip by train to > Ayr, which is a small town at the seaside. On Wednesday we started a two day bus trip to the Highlands which was operated by > Timberbush Tours. Our driver was > Billy and he was very good. We stayed in > Fort William (see the picture) in the > Myrtle Bank Guest House. On Tuesday we drove to > Loch Ness, where we saw not Nessie. The trip finished in > Edinburgh, where we stayed until Saturday afternoon in the > Valentines Guest House. Edinburgh is a completely other city than Glasgow. Edinburgh has a medieval cityscape which some new buildings (Waverley station or Parliament). On Saturday afternoon we drove back to Glasgow by train. On Sunday morning we flight back to Hamburg via Amsterdam. Locations & companies which I can recommend: Timberbush Tours, Mercure City Hotel in Glasgow, Valentines Guest House in Edinburgh, Myrtle Bank Guest House in Fort William, > Blackfriars in Glasgow.

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June 25, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Liga total! Cup 2012 in Hamburg

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Am Wochenende war ich in Hamburg zum Besuch des > Liga total! Cup 2012. Der Samstag begann mit einer ziemlich nervigen Anfahrt über die Landstraße nach Nienburg und von dort zur A7. Auf der A1 vor Hamburg war auch nochmal Stau, so dass ich erst viertel nach drei in Hamburg war. Nach dem Einchecken im > Hotel Astoria ging es zur > Imtech Arena. Das erste Spiel HSV gegen Borussia Dortmund war nicht gut gewesen. Irgendwie hatten beide Mannschaften – insbesondere aber der HSV – keine Lust oder sie konnten bzw. wollten nicht besser spielen. Dortmund gewann 1:0. Im zweiten Spiel besiegte überraschenderweise Werder Bremen im Elfmeterschießen den FC Bayern München. Franck Ribery und wieder mal Bastian Schweinsteiger haben die Elfmeter für Bayern verschoßen. Etwas betrübt ging es dann zum Steak essen ins > Block House am Hauptbahnhof. Am Sonntagmorgen ging es kurz vor Mittag zur Langen Reihe ins > Grünberg zum Frühstücken. Anschließend waren wir schon recht früh zur Arena gefahren um noch einen guten Parkplatz zu ergattern. Nach einer Bratwurst ging es ins Stadion. Im Spiel um Platz drei gewann Bayern München gegen den HSV mit 1:0. Im Endspiel gewann Werder Bremen im Elfmeterschießen gegen Borussia Dortmund. Da ich noch eine lange Rückfahrt hatte, bin ich schon zur Halbzeitpause beim Stand von 2:3 gegangen. Es war auf jeden Fall die beste Halbzeit aller Spiele. Immerhin gab es auf der Rückfahrt nur zwei Staus und so war ich fünf Minuten vor dem olympischen 100 m Finale wieder zu Hause.

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August 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm

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Travel Report: London

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Last week I was from Thursday, 26th May until Sunday, 29th May in London. Reason for the trip was the UEFA Champions Leaque final match in London. Unfortunately, we got no tickets. We had no luck in the ticket lottery and the tickets on the market were too expensive (up 1.000 pound). But on Thursday evening we were in Fulham and watched the > Women’s final match between Lyon and Potsdam. Lyon was better and has won 2:0. Although the tickets cost only 5 pound, the match was not sold out. Only 15.000 people were in the stadium. Before the match the weather was very bad, thunder storm, hail and rain. Our hotel was the > Hotel Americana in the Glouchester Place near the Baker Street underground station. On Friday evening we were in the Theater Royal Drury Lane and watched the Shrek musical. In the evening we were in a pub near Oxford street and watched the > final match Manchester United againt FC Barcelona. Barcelona has won 3:1. The flights were operated by > easyJet from > Duesseldorf Airport to > London Gatwick. From London Gatwick I used the > Gatwick Express, which was expensive but fast.

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June 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm

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Travel Report: Santorini

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In the second May week I was on > Santorini. It is a Greece island of the > Cyclades. Our hotel was > Scirocco in Fira, the capital of Santorini. If you plan to visit Santorini I can recommend the Scirocco hotel. It is very nice with a beautiful view over the Caldera. Every day you can see some cruise liner. Further, I can recommend the restaurant > Kapari in Fira which was very good. On Wednesday we rent a car and drove over the island. We visited the > Winery & Wine museum. Our flights were operated by > Condor and we flight directly from > Duesseldorf Airport to > Thira Airport. Since the Condor machine was defect we flight with > XL Airways back to Duesseldorf. [To be continued]

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May 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm

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Riga Travel Report

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From Friday until Monday I was in > Riga (> Latvia). Since I was five years ago in > Tallinn (> Estonia) it was interested to see how is Riga. The vacation started on Thursday evening when I drove by car from > Bad Oeynhausen to > Hamburg. After a short night we flew from > Hamburg Airport with an > Air Baltic plane to > Riga International Airport. The departure luggage area at the airport is very small. To get to our hotel > Monte Kristo in the Old Town we used a Baltic Taxi. Afterwards we did a short walkabout through the old town and entered to the brasserie > 13 Kresli to eat and drink something. In the evening we were in the > Alus arsenals restaurant. We were nearly the only guests, but the food was excellent. Afterwards we went to > Paddy Whelan’s pub to watch the last minutes of the soccer game Germany against Turkey. We celebrated the victory in the > DStyle club.

On Saturday we went to the > Livu Square,  > Esplanade, > Nativity Cathedral, the Old Town, on the obervation deck at St. Peter’s Church and finally to the Central Market. In the evening we were in a restaurant near the St. Peter’s Church (<forgot the name>) and afterwards we looked in some pubs and clubs (> Skyline Bar, > DStyle, > Scandal, Rockabilly which was near our hotel …).

On Sunday we drove by train to Majori (> Jurmala). It was impressive to see that nearly each railway car has its own conductor. The beach of Majori is very long, but unfortunately it has no seafront. In the city we ate something at My Life cafe. Back in Riga we went to the > Taverna Dzintara cels where we ate something. The food and atmosphere was good and better than on Saturday.

On Monday we visited the St. James’s Cathedral, but you have to pay an admission. Afterwards we went to the Three Brothers. Since the Skyline bar was closed we went to a restaurant (<forgot the name>) near the main train station and ate something. The food and service was excellent. Afterwards we drove by taxi to the airport and flew back to Hamburg. From there I drove by car to Bad Oeynhausen.

Recommondations:

  • Our three bed room at Hotel Monte Kristo was large and quite. The hotel staff was friendly and the breakfast was good. So I can recommend the hotel.
  • If you need a taxi you could use Baltic Taxi since the fare is fair (7 LVL from airport to our hotel). A friend used another taxi and paid 17 LVL.

Summarized the weekend trip was nice and Riga is a lovely city for travelling a few days there.

More pictures on my Flickr page: > Riga 2010

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October 13, 2010 at 8:42 pm

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Wochenende in Hamburg

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Letztes Wochenende war ich wieder in Hamburg gewesen. Am Freitagnachmittag ging es mit der Bahn über Hannover nach Hamburg. Am frühen Abend dann über > Schumachers Biergarten zum > Stadtpark Open Air-Konzert von > Dieter Thomas Kuhn. Das Wetter war – im Gegensatz zu den Tagen davor – sehr schön gewesen, so dass man nicht von oben nass wurde. Am Samstag bin ich bei schönem Wetter um die Alster gegangen. An dem Tag fanden einige Veranstaltungen statt, so z. B. > Rudern gegen Krebs bei der Hansa Rudergesellschaft und das > Drachenboot-Festival auf der Binnenalster. Auf dem Rathausplatz fand ein > Rockspektakel statt. Am Nachmittag wurden die Bundesliga-Spiele im Fernsehen übertragen und um kurz nach fünf ging es weiter zur > Imtech Arena, wo um halb sieben das Bundesliga-Spiel zwischen dem > Hamburger SV gegen dem > FC Schalke 04 stattfand. Der HSV gewann mit 2:1. Nach dem Spiel ging es noch zum > Uhlenhorster Straßenfest. Damit war das Wochenende auch schon fast vorbei. Am Sonntagmorgen gegen 11 Uhr ging es per Zug wieder zurück.

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August 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm

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Recommendations for travel to South Africa

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Things, which I can recommend in South Africa are:

  • If you are looking for a good accomodation in Cape Town, I can recommend 17 on Loader. It is a small guest house near Waterfront and in an area with several restaurants. The guest house has a great sun deck with a view over Cape Town and to the Table Mountain.
  • If you are looking for a good accomodation in Centurion or Pretoria, I can recommend A Lala Lodge. It is located in Centurion. The rooms are nice and all rooms have Internet access. Further the management is very friendly and helpful. Since in the neighborhood is nothing, you should have an own car.
  • If you are located in Pretoria, Centurion or Johannesburg, I can recommend Trax Travel, if you like to perform a tour. Philip from Trax Travel drove us to Pilanesberg and Kruger National Park. He was very interested and is very familiar with both areas. Unfortunately, they have no website. But if you are interested, drop me a line and I will send you his contact details.
  • If you are looking for a shuttle or taxi in Cape Town, I can recommend Intercab.

Things, which I can not recommend in South Africa:

  • If you arrive at the OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, the usage of the Approved taxis.  The cars are good, but not the fare is too expensive.

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July 27, 2010 at 7:01 pm

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