Saturday, September 19, 2015

The second phase of my Schengen Travelogue

My family with Zurich Lake in the background

I was in Germany last September to meet my son, who is studying there in the Kiel University of Applied Sciences. With a Schengen visa stamped on our passports, we took it as a God gifted opportunity to visit some of the other Schengen countries. 

 Our rented BMW 330d that took us to most part of our Schengen travelogue till we almost got robbed in Paris
Groningen Railway Station, Holland

Since the distances were much larger and there studies requirement of my son, we broke down our travel into two parts. I have deliberated in detail my visit to Holland, Belgium and France, which was the part one of our travel. 

The lone Dutch windmill

The visit allowed us to meet my school days friend in Groningen, Holland after more than four decades, visit Amsterdam and Rotterdam, see the dancing dolphins of Holland, and then pass through Belgium to visit Paris and saw some of its major landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum and the Notre Dam cathedral besides walking on the world famous Champs Elysees. 

My sons posing with the Dutch royal couple at the Tussaud's - Amsterdam

At the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Da Vinci's Mona Lisa at Louvre, Paris

On our way back we also stopped at Dusseldorf in Germany before finally falling back to Kiel for rest and planning for the second part of our trip.

Now, in my many posts to come, I shall talk about our second part of Schengen travelogue that includes my dream travel destination Switzerland and Italy and a visit to Berlin to see the remnants of the once most dreaded Berlin Wall on our way back.

It has been hectic but memorable, the nostalgia of which still makes me enjoy the wonderful memories of the places we visited and people we met.

Links to some of my posts of places I visited in first phase of my Schengen travelogue:
Kiel, Germany - my launchpad for Schengen Travelogue
To Netherlands - meeting a friend after 43 years
Dolfinarium, Netherlands – The largest marine mammal park in Europe
Madame Tussaud, Amsterdam - Photo Album (Part - One)
My maiden glimpse of Eiffel Tower
Champs Élysées - Paris' fashion street

.... and while going back to Kiel Germany
Passing through Königsallee, Düsseldorf

So stay tuned for I am to unfold the cool breeze of Switzerland, the original sizzling hot Italian pizza and a visit to the still leaning tower of Pisa.

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