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Re: Crazy idea

Post by MamaMagoO? » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:42 pm

I think that sounds like an amazing plan and I totally wish we had done it!

That said, if you are talking about over a year away couldn't you just postpone his kinder year for a year now?? Not that I am encouraging that. I love the idea of travel so much more :-D
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Re: Crazy idea

Post by Jenbt85 » Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:12 pm

We can't afford it now, but there's a chance we can make the plan work on some scale in 18 months so I wouldn't delay 4 year old Kindy at the moment. Also, my health is so unpredictable at the moment that I think I need the option of specialist local care for the next year too. I'm hoping in a year I'll be definitely back on my feet (actually, I hope this by March when I'm meant to be back in uni, but if not...).

I think that planning the trip is part escapism at the moment too :)
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Re: Crazy idea

Post by Jenbt85 » Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:15 pm

I discovered this week that there's a road trip you can do through Germany which has Grimm's fairy tale stuff along it!
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Re: Crazy idea

Post by Mummy woo! » Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:42 am

Jenbt85 wrote:I discovered this week that there's a road trip you can do through Germany which has Grimm's fairy tale stuff along it!
I have been to some of those towns - Hameln (Hamlin) and Bremen spring to mind - they are just ordinary places, but with some lovely street statues of the story characters. Well worth a visit - the kids will love them, and a bit off the beaten tourist track which is nice for a slower paced family holiday. And of course when I say ordinary places, Hameln in particular is a lovely medieval old town with cobble streets and half timber buildings, beautifully restored. Bremen was rebuilt after the war so not as picturesque, but I think a bigger place with more to do.

Potsdam is lovely for a day but only a day - we spent a day in the gardens at San Souci and it was great - get the kids a story book about greek and roman monsters before you go so they can spot the classical sculptures all through the gardens. We did it as a day trip from Berlin - minimal train fare, and about a 60 minute trip (which the kids loved).

I'd suggest Hamburg is great for families. Even the red-light district is pretty tame in daylight (we were there for a supermarket :roll: ) But there is Miniaturwunderland (book tickets in advance) and the most fantastic city park with a playground that has to be seen to be believed - we spent a whole day there (kids nearly 2 and 4). Unlike many spires, the Michel has a lift which is much nicer for little legs. Hamburg just drips money, but it doesn't need to be too expensive if you are careful. Fun to see how the other half lives?

You will find the Muppets Bremen Town Musicians movie on youtube :wink:

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Re: Crazy idea

Post by Jenbt85 » Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:06 pm

Mummy woo! wrote:
Jenbt85 wrote:I discovered this week that there's a road trip you can do through Germany which has Grimm's fairy tale stuff along it!
I have been to some of those towns - Hameln (Hamlin) and Bremen spring to mind - they are just ordinary places, but with some lovely street statues of the story characters. Well worth a visit - the kids will love them, and a bit off the beaten tourist track which is nice for a slower paced family holiday. And of course when I say ordinary places, Hameln in particular is a lovely medieval old town with cobble streets and half timber buildings, beautifully restored. Bremen was rebuilt after the war so not as picturesque, but I think a bigger place with more to do.

Potsdam is lovely for a day but only a day - we spent a day in the gardens at San Souci and it was great - get the kids a story book about greek and roman monsters before you go so they can spot the classical sculptures all through the gardens. We did it as a day trip from Berlin - minimal train fare, and about a 60 minute trip (which the kids loved).

I'd suggest Hamburg is great for families. Even the red-light district is pretty tame in daylight (we were there for a supermarket :roll: ) But there is Miniaturwunderland (book tickets in advance) and the most fantastic city park with a playground that has to be seen to be believed - we spent a whole day there (kids nearly 2 and 4). Unlike many spires, the Michel has a lift which is much nicer for little legs. Hamburg just drips money, but it doesn't need to be too expensive if you are careful. Fun to see how the other half lives?

You will find the Muppets Bremen Town Musicians movie on youtube :wink:

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This sounds brilliant!! Thank you for all the tips. I was born in Germany and was there until I was maybe 3 or 4 and haven't been back since, so I'm also keen to see where I was born. We have a friend on the coast in the North West who used to live in Bremen (which from your description is possibly how she survived living in Coventry :D).

DH started independently researching trailer tents last night so my enthusiasm is rubbing off (now to make it actually happen!) :)
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