Germany 2018 – Part 4

picking up apples in my family's garden, nürtingen, germany

My brother-in-law told me my 5th full day in Germany would be a “no travel” day.  I was hoping that meant a “relax day” but it was not.  He told me they really needed to spend some time in their 2 gardens [land they own, about a 5 minute drive from their house] harvesting vegetables & nuts, and composting the hundreds of apples and pears that had fallen from their trees. 

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Switzerland 2018

rheinfall aka rhine falls, switzerland

After spending most of the morning on the Island of Mainau, we headed back to the car and drove over the border into Switzerland! My brother-in-law Joachim wanted me to see Rheinfall, which [in my opinion] is the Niagara Falls of Switzerland. Beautiful!

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Germany 2018 – Part 3

island of mainau butterfly garden, lake konstanz, germany

After breakfast we cleared out of the apartment and headed back to Lake Konstanz. Joachim took us to the Isle of Mainau, aka “The Island of Flowers”. It was amazing! The whole island is a botanical garden, and in the center is an enclosed butterfly garden. I could have stayed there for a week.

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Germany 2018 – Part 2

hohentwiel cemetary, singen, germany

On Tuesday of my trip to Germany we drove to Singen to visit the ruins of Hohentwiel castle. It’s the largest castle ruin in Germany. Then it was off to visit my nephew and his family on the edge of Lake Konstanz, and finally back to Singen for a comfortable stay at a rental apartment.

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Copenhagen 2018

painted buildings and houseboats at nyhavn waterfront, copenhagen

I spent all of last week in Germany visiting my German family.  It was awesome.  More about that trip in later posts.  On the way over, I had a 7 hour layover in Copenhagen. I took the metro from the airport to Kongens Nytorv and went on a one hour boat tour of the canals.

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Big Island, Hawaii 2018 – Part 4

a gold dust day gecko eating guava jelly in kona on the big island, hawaii

I love seeing the Gold Dust Day Geckos on the Big Island.  They’re everywhere!  But they’re very hard to find on Maui and Oahu, and nearly impossible on Kauai.  According to sciencing.com, “In 1974, a student at the University of Hawaii released eight gold dust day geckos, a native of Madagascar, into the Upper Mano Valley [of the Big Island].”

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Big Island, Hawaii 2018 – Part 3

me getting a tetanus shot on the big island hawaii

Originally this post was named “The Worst Day in Hawaii!” to go with my “The Best Day in Hawaii!” post.  However, in the weeks since we left, Kauai and Oahu have been hit with record flooding and devastating mudslides, and the Big Island has endured earthquakes and CRAZY volcanic eruptions! So many people have been displaced with no homes to go back to 🙁  So in retrospect, our day really wasn’t all that bad.

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Big Island, Hawaii 2018 – Part 2

lava bubbling over the crater at kīlauea, big island hawaii

After a week of trials and tribulations, we finally had an absolutely wonderful day on the Big Island!  Thanks 100% to KapohoKine Adventures 🙂  One of the things on our must do list was see lava.  And since we couldn’t see it by boat and couldn’t hike to it, that meant driving back to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. 

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