About me – It all began with a VW Beetle
Travelling has always been my passion. More than 45 years ago it started with hiking tours in the forests of the Westerwald or train journeys to Munich, but then an old VW Beetle – usually together with some friends – opened up the “big world” to me: Austria and Netherlands, France, Italy and finally Scandinavia.
Then I met my future wife during a semester abroad in Great Britain, and from this time we started to travel together.
With station wagon and bike rack
Later, when we had little children, we bought a station wagon with lots of storage space, so we could go on vacations together. North Sea, Baltic Sea, Lüneburger Heide – there is no town in northern Germany we did not visit. Many times, we also brought our bikes to enjoy family biking trips in the flat landscape of Northern Germany or Denmark.
When the children grew up, we combined the car with the ferry and the plane with the train. Our destinations were London, Paris, Brussels and Prague, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland, Spain and Portugal and the islands of the Mediterranean.
Journey to the Wild West
We had already seen countless interesting places in Europe and the kids had plans of their own, then, one day, we found a travel agent’s leaflet advertising a trip to the “Wild Beauties of the Northwest”. And so, we booked a flight to Portland (Oregon), rented a car and went on an unforgettable trip which ended at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco after three weeks.
And the story continues…
Since 2009 we have returned to North America at least once a year. First, we chose the most interesting places in the USA, but pretty soon we added the provinces of Canada. In all those years, we have really seen a lot. But we have never been to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or to the Yukon. We would like to visit Manitoba and the islands of Hawaii, or follow the Mississippi from north to south on the Great River Road. And in New York we have been both – but not together…