Archive for November, 2015

German police BMW

German police BMW

To me (and I assume most North Americans), visiting countries outside Canada and the United States opens up a whole new world. Even day-to-day things like police vehicles seem unusual and exotic. In Germany, it was common seeing BMWs used by various police authorities, such as this stationwagon seen in […]

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Poland – Our favourite cuisine in Central Europe

Poland – Our favourite cuisine in Central Europe

In some respects, the food during our tour of Central Europe seemed pretty similar.  Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic are unquestionably ‘meat-and-potatoes’ cultures. For some reason, the food in Poland stood out.  Even our extensively traveled Cosmos Travel tour director Andrej agreed, saying, “Poland has the best […]

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Our Cosmos Travel tour bus – a 2 month old Mercedes-Benz

Our Cosmos Travel tour bus – a 2 month old Mercedes-Benz

Our Cosmos Travel tour bus that took us through Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, and Austria was a 2-month old Mercedes-Benz motor coach. Italian driver Franco, who’s been driving tour buses for some thirty-five years, kept it spotlessly clean during our approximately 4,000 km 15-day tour. Franco says he has […]

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Seen on a Berlin, Germany sidewalk

Seen on a Berlin, Germany sidewalk

On our recent visit to Central Europe, we really didn’t see that many motorcycles.  The weather was unseasonably cool (often only 10-12 degrees Celsius), and rainy. There seemed to be more scooters blasting around the various European cities we visited, but few motorcycles. I spotted this little beauty parked on […]

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The gourmet ‘cafeteria’ inside Ka De We, Berlin’s luxury department store

The gourmet ‘cafeteria’ inside Ka De We, Berlin’s luxury department store

Germany is a meat-and-potatoes country.  While visiting Berlin, we dined atop the Ka De We (KAH-de-vay) premium German department store, a European version of Nordstrom’s. Our tour guide, Andrej, said it’s the largest cafeteria in the world.  Honestly, it didn’t seem that big, but, oh, the food was gorgeous! The […]

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“Now you’re in trouble – for lying to a police officer”, Portuguese border agent says to me

“Now you’re in trouble – for lying to a police officer”, Portuguese border agent says to me

I find crossing country borders slightly intimidating.  Whether its crossing into the United States, re-entering Canada, or exiting Portugal as Ingrid and I recently did, I always worry that something can go wrong. Flying out of Lisbon last week to return to Canada, we had such an unnerving experience, and […]

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Airline meals- worst food ever?

Airline meals- worst food ever?

Are airline meals the worst commercially available food in the world?  I think so. On October 3rd, Ingrid and I flew Air Canada from Calgary, Alberta to Frankfurt, Germany.  A ‘meal’ was included, according to our electronic ticket.  When the flight attendant came ’round, he asked if I wanted chicken […]

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Lisbon, Portugal police Honda Deauville motorcycle

Lisbon, Portugal police Honda Deauville motorcycle

Lisbon, Portugal.  Here’s a photo of a Honda Deauville motorcycle commonly used by Lisbon municipal police. Interestingly, the Lisbon police ride with their bike’s blue light turned on (but not flashing), presumably for high visibility.  (This is similar to the Brazilian police practice we noticed in Sao Paulo some years […]

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Mercedes-Benz – The choice of taxi drivers in Germany

Mercedes-Benz – The choice of taxi drivers in Germany

Mercedes-Benz has established itself as a premium, upper crust luxury brand in North America.  But if you’ve never been to Europe, especially Germany and Austria, Mercedes-Benzes are THE vehicle of choice for taxis. Drive any E-class Mercedes and one of the first things you notice is the very tight turning […]

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