A road trip with a brand new BMW 740

Köln

Köln

2 years ago, a 10 days trip to the Rhein and Mosel rivers of Germany and than further North to Utrecht, Amsterdam and Antwerp was the highlight of our summer. Today I want to start to tell some about the Germany part of the trip. The Holland part will be coming in the following days.

You probably already know my dear followers that we love to rent our car on our holidays and do some road trips freely. This trip we made in 2011 was really one of the best, as it included two of our favorite countries, Germany and Holland. But moreover, the main hero of the trip was our car.

People renting a car quite often may know that sometimes (well quite often) the rent a car agent do not have the car you require in their hand and they provide a car similar to it. That’s fine. But sometimes (very rarely) they provide a car that is one grade upper than you paid for. Well, you be happy than. But sometimes (that’s very rarely) they give a car that’s much more than you paid for. And sometimes (That’s really maybe once in a lifetime) This super car is a brand new one. So you probably understood the point.

BMW 740 just 6 km

BMW 740 just 6 km

It was the end of August, when we got off our plane at Köln airport. Passport control, luggage waiting, search for the Sixt office is the routine. Than the lady in the office said that they do not have a 5 series that we asked for. OK… and that they will give 7 series. OK OK OK OK. And the routine goes on, find the car, get the luggage in the trunk, check the car and WHAT? A 740 just 6 km old, ours for 10 long and long days of driving, on the autobahns of Germany that has no speed limit. This is a bulls eye right?

Feeding our dear car

Feeding our dear car

Next: An afternoon in Köln and our hotel by the Rhein river.

Enjoy parks cafes and streets of Warsaw

Before going to Warsaw, I was very much concerned about the history of Warsaw. You can read my post of my concerns here, in another post. However, when we got there it was a totally different scene, with lots of festivities in the city, very nice weather and lots of things to do with our son.

The reason of going to Warsaw was primarily, my husband had to give some lectures in The University of Warsaw. So we thought it was a good reason to make a long weekend in Warsaw.

When we arrived to our hotel, the very helpful reception staff adviced us a half day city tour, which would be possible to start from our hotel. That sounded very nice to get to know the city, so we joined in. Next morning, after a super breakfast in our hotel, our city guide met us in the lobby and so our tour started, together with another 10-12 tourists in our mini bus. First we went to the Lazienki Park, at which we were left at the top gate of the park and enjoyed a downhill walk trough the park. Lazienki park is a really nice, green park with very nice trees, palaces, ponds and statues.

Lazienki Park

Lazienki Park

Lazienki Park

Lazienki Park

Very nice statues

Very nice statues

Palaces and gardens

Palaces and gardens

Nice details

Nice details

After a nice walk trough the park with a nice ice cream break in it, we headed to the city center, which is very typically called “Old Town Square”. What was different from very typically, was the crowd of people, with flags in their hands, balloons and music everywhere, and a huge stage on main “piazza” with big screens on both sides and very nice music.

A walk in old town square

A walk in old town square

Old Town Square

Old Town Square

A street lamp on the old town square

A street lamp on the old town square

Enjoy "people watch" activity on street cafes

Enjoy “people watch” activity on street cafes

A colorful Sunday afternoon

A colorful Sunday afternoon

Our guided tour ended, after some stops in Jewish quarter and a walk in Old Town area. So we had lots of time enjoying the street cafes and have lunch escorted by a “people watch” activity.

After wards we decided to return to our hotel with another good walk, at which we gave a break of evening wine and “we deserved this” deserts at the famous Bristol Cafe. When I say “a walk” do not think of a small walking. It took us about 3 hours, with lots of things to see on the way, shops (Yes-open on Sunday), on-street exhibitions of old Warsaw photographs and “I’m tired”s of our son.

Bristol Cafe

Famous Cafe Bristol

Loved this "wall" at Cafe Bristol

Loved this “wall” at Cafe Bristol

Evening wine, with a nice evening sun

Evening wine, with a nice evening sun

The Inn Under the Red Hog is to come in the following days… Do not hesitate to follow me…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warsaw Culture and Science Palace

View from our hotel room

View from our hotel room

One of the stops in Warsaw was the Culture and Science Palace, which is a landmark building in Warsaw. The building itself did not seem so fancy at all, actually too huge to be nice I can say. A present from Russia to Poland. Even tough our hotel was just accross the building, it took us more than 20 minutes, to cross the street and to find the right entrance.

The "right" entrance

The “right” entrance

It is a cinema, theater, galeries, business and conferance complex, but the main attraction is to go up 30th floor and enjoy the view of the city from every angle. Especially worth visiting in a nice weather with clear sky.

Our son loves to use these wherever he finds. Warsaw was not an exception.

Our son loves to use these wherever he finds. Warsaw was not an exception.

Children love to look at these and find out what they can see beyond city limits and try to find out something interesting. And if this spot is one of your latest stops, he can try to recognise where he had been in the previous days.

Detail from interior ceiling

Detail from interior ceiling

Viewing terrace

Viewing terrace

Unlike many towers we have been (for instance Empire State Building in NY, or Galata Tower in Istanbul or Eifel in Paris or Pisa in Italy or… that’s enough), there were no hassle of ticketing, elevator and viewing. Especially for children it is really annoying to be so up high but not to be able to see freely. The viewing terrace was wide and calm enough for him to enjoy the view of the city from every angle.

Notice the signs of Ghetto walls by the building

Notice the signs of Ghetto walls by the building