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From same sex marriage to the Reeperbahn

We walked almost 20km* on foot exploring Hamburg and the things we saw.....

Our great timing saw that we were in Hamburg the same time as the Queen Mary 2 is in dry dock for renovations. The World (largest residential ship) was also in port along with a large number of other cruise passengers.

We crossed under the Elbe River at 21m below surface by foot through the tunnel, where the most dangerous aspect was getting hit by a bicycle (quoted by Birte).

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There was a trip to Saint Michaelis where we braved a trip to the top of the bell tower & the crypt but the highlight was attending a wedding. We sat in the church resting our weary feet watching people arrive, how nice a wedding we thought let's sit a bit longer & watch what unfolds during a German wedding, bet his the groom we thought checking out a guy all dressed up, oh the bride must have arrived, how lovely she looks, where did the groom go, hang on the bridesmaid is also wearing a wedding dress & A VEIL! Is this a wedding???? I can now say I have attending a type of wedding a lot of other Australians haven't... A same sex marriage. Needless to say we sat through the whole thing, it wasn't much different to any other wedding.

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Again our great timing meant we saw a protest about giving the refugees housing, etc.

An amazing time was had marvelling at the Miniature Wunderland, I think we were only meant to be there an hour, two later... We felt we had travelled the world. The details were amazing, the planes even took off from the airport. I loved how they managed to sneak in some adult only laughs, kinda fitted into our day.

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An interesting time was had walking through the Reeperbahn, I may never look at a bum bag, tights & what looked like ugg boots in the same way again. I loved that these girls were standing on the other side of the street outside the police station. We overheard one offering to provide her services to a guy in the Burger King they were standing outside of. We also stumbled across where the Beatles were made famous.

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*according to my Garmin watch

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Safely Arrived in ...where are we?

After nearly 24 hours & 3 flights we found Birte in the Hamburg airport. Our first flight was a bit bumpy and I shut the window shade when I saw the lightening outside the window, I didn't mention it to Mum until we were safely in Hamburg. I must have looked dodgy in Copenhagen I got pulled aside for a random body scan which resulted in my arm been frisked (hair lacky I'm guessing) I then got my bag drug tested & then at passport control 20 questions but they let me in so all good.

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From my window

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Teddy bear lamp & people sculpture Doha airport. Like a kid in a Lego store Copenhagen airport

To avoid falling asleep at Birte's we went to the Plants & Blooms park (bit like a botanical garden) very relaxing

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Beer, Fire & Ice 2015 Wrap Up

So home again, plotting & planning the next trip as always.

The last few days in England were a cloud of fog literally, one day you couldn't see far at all. We braved the fog one night to take a trip to the cinema to see the new James Bond movie with the gang.

Anyone wanting to visit Iceland I can not recommend Tour.IS enough, we picked a tour package (car hire, accomodation and basic plan) and added extra days without any hassles, they took care of everything including my stupid questions.
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(We did BP17 - Iceland Circle including Snaefellsnes - 10 days with an extra day in Snaefellsnes area)

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Purshall Hall 2

A quiet week at Purshall Hall - cake assistant/wrapper, shopping helper, long walks with Fudge & Co, Friday morning market, general relaxing, rugby watching, couple trips to the pub & a visit to Warick Castle, here's the pictures to prove it

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Fudge backing the Aussies in the Rugby World Cup

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Friday market

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Around Purshall Hall (free range turkeys in Heathers garden)

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Our visit to Warwick Castle

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Andrew wanted his photo to feature in the blog

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Purshall Hall

The last week has gone too quick!!! Last Monday I jumped aboard the Icelandair flight from Iceland to Birmingham where Heather picked me up & straight into my new role of HeatherCakes's assistant, home via Asta. The rest of the week has disappeared into more cake assistant roles, catching up with cousins, long walks with my three friends Fudge, Floss & Tig (with much disgust from Totty & Nellie) & just chilling where it's warm by the arga or fire. There was the Friday market at Worchester & Saturday saw us brave the weather (& scones with jam & clotted cream) at St Peters. Saturday night saw Alison & me head off to the Inkburrow Young Farmers Harvest Supper where I caught up with Catherine Jordan. Sunday Richard Annabel & I went to the Cotswolds so Annabel could compete in the team chase ( she was the only one in her team that finished). Here are some pictures from my stay so far at Purshall Hall
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