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Looking Glass, or a crazy road trip to the UK and Ireland by private car

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Re: Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland by private car

Scarlet-Cet ” 04 Feb 2017, 11:13

Mineika wrote (a) 04 Feb 2017, 09:51: Well, now, leisurely, through the quiet streets of the provincial German town let’s make a little excursion.

As soon as I saw the photo, I smiled all over my face! How not to love Germany, such a beautiful girl.

Mineika wrote (a) 04 Feb 2017, 09:51: They have already reached Belarus. On one site I read that if you want, and, accordingly, the eeny sum of that desire, you can get on your plot new, beautiful half-timbered house.

You are the frontrunners there. We have pseudofachverk do. That is, the beams are just drawn.

Mineika wrote (a) 04 Feb 2017, 09:51: And once we were able to get lost in this small and lovely town. Not immediately find the hotel, and it was, it turns out, very close.

Oh, I have this happens all over the place abroad, and also to lose parking with the car is a holy thing.

Well, look at that, they took 500 euros from you. That’s amazing. I never even buy a piece of paper like that. I went to Holland with 200 euro bills, and they don’t take them and they don’t take cards everywhere. I walk around with a wallet full of money and kind of without it. It’s good that I changed it in museums.

You should write about the way home in detail, it’s interesting. German small town is nice. I like it very much – just to walk, drink beer.

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Re: Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland by private car

JamKit ” 04 Feb 2017, 17:12

Mineika wrote (a) 04 Feb 2017, 09:51: Well, now, leisurely, through the quiet streets of the provincial German town let’s make a little excursion.

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Re: Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland by private car

Irsen Ira ” 04 Feb 2017, 21:56

Mineika , very interesting rich journey, pity it’s coming to an end, and how I would like a continuation.

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Re: Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland by private car

Mineika ” 04 Feb 2017, 22:37

Every journey ever comes to an end, and. whether there will be a continuation. it all depends on ourselves. Thank you for traveling with me.

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Re: Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland by private car

olgazzy ” 05 Feb 2017, 17:21

I read your report in the same breath! Awesome!!! Both the pictures and the narrative all lingered on my heart! And yes, it got me thinking, maybe we’ll make up our minds someday, too.

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Re: Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland by private car

sergeyf73 ” 06 Feb 2017, 00:22

Scarlet-Cet wrote (a) 04 Feb 2017, 00:12: Sergey. where is the report? I’m already waiting, and not only me. And here it turns out the experience of driving a car, I am interested in all the fine details.

I am so fast I can not. I have to look at photos, select, process. Emotions have to settle down a little. I don’t want to write like that.

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Re: Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland by private car

Mineika ” 06 Feb 2017, 09:03

Definitely have to make up your mind. You can’t imagine the emotions that will overwhelm you when you set foot on British soil.

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Re: Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland by private car

Mineika ” 06 Feb 2017, 09:33

Returning home via Berlin after road trips, has become a good tradition for us. So now we’re on our way to the German capital. We had no special plan to visit the city. It was just necessary to buy gifts and souvenirs. No, I lie, the only thing I wanted to see was the Reichstag. I saw it 6 years ago, on our very first trip abroad by car, in a 20-degree frost and almost at night. So I remembered the Reichstag a little bit. It’s only in the report you can go from Reda-Wiedenbrück to Berlin so quickly. In fact it’s a little bit more complicated. The road, gas stations, traffic jams, and then the barrier opens “City Hotel Berlin East”, the name of which makes it clear that we are in the East, we can say our native Berlin.

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Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland in a private car

I will not break tradition and give the GPS-coordinates. 52.533579979; 13.477671051

Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland in a private car

We got this four star hotel for the super price of 115,2 EUR for a double room with breakfast included for two nights. So what, there is no LCD TV in the room. We are in East Berlin.

Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland in a private car

Parking cost EUR 10 per day spoilt the impression a little. But otherwise, quite a decent hotel for such a ridiculous price.

Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland in a private car

In Berlin we traveled by streetcar. Only in the eastern part of the city was this form of urban transport preserved. More accurately, we rode the subway. It’s a kind of high-speed streetcar, one of the end stations is necessarily a subway station. In our case, the metro station was somewhere around here.

Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland in a private car

And then… walk wherever you want. So we walked. We didn’t know where we were going. We wanted to get to the Brandenburg Gate, because there is a Reichstag, we went to the subway station, but we did not know where to go. How to ask, we do not know, so we are spinning like fallen leaves.

Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland in a private car

Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland in a private car

And here we are. And yet by some very complex movement through the subway stations, we get directly to the cherished goal.

Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland in a private car

And then to the right.

Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland in a private car

And then another turn and… what-what… where are we?

Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland in a private car

The speaker was clearly imitating Ilyich. Maybe even a little bit of a fart. From the slogans, we understood that Germany had not yet been liberated from fascism, and that Germany should be liberated from fascism, and that Russia itself would liberate Germany. We went further and sat for a while by the fountain,

Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland in a private car

We found, as we thought, a good angle of the Reichstag

Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland in a private car

and then went to a familiar diner near the Berlin TV tower. So that was our meeting with Berlin. In the colors of the tricolor.

Looking Glass, or a crazy trip to the UK and Ireland in a private car

In the morning of the next day at 8:00 am we started our final spurt. In 10 hours we were already standing in front of the Polish border in Berestowitsa. Polish border guards were closely examining our visas, curling their fingers, counting the days in the Schengen area, and did not believe that such a trip was possible. They even asked to open the trunk. It was the first time such a thing happened to us when we were leaving Poland. Our customs officers only asked to open the trunk and asked where we were. “We went for a drive through Europe,” I answered, so as not to traumatize their psyche. The answer was satisfying and they let us go home. At 9 p.m. I put the car in the parking lot. The unthinkable journey was over. Let’s recap. This car tour took place from July 18 to August 9, 2015. In 23 days we drove through the following countries – Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Ireland. The United Kingdom included England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. We spent 22 nights in 18 hotels. The cost of living – 2040 EUR. From home to home was covered 7,583 kilometers. Expenses for gasoline – 801 EUR. Toll roads in Poland and Ireland – 43,5 EUR. Travel by train “Le shuttle” under the English Channel in one and the other direction – 246 EUR. Express” ferry from Scotland to Northern Ireland – 202 EUR. Stena Europe” ferry from Ireland to Wales – 168 EUR. More precise route : Baranovichi (Belarus) – Bialystok (Poland) – Svebodzin (Poland) – Hanover (Germany) – Bruges (Belgium) – London (England) – Llandburys (Wales) – Blackpool (England) – Clydebank (Scotland) – Inverness (Scotland) – Edinburgh (Scotland) – Troon (Scotland) – Larne (Northern Ireland) – Ballycastle (Northern Ireland) – Portstuart (Northern Ireland) – Dublin (Ireland) – Canmer (Ireland) – Cairdale (Ireland) – Killorglin (Ireland) – Rosslare Harbour (Ireland) – Fishguard (Wales) – Cardiff (Wales) – Stonehenge (England) – Beechie- Head (England) – Folkestone (England) – Reda-Wiedenbrück (Germany) – Berlin (Germany) – Bialystok (Poland) – Baranovichi (Belarus) What does the future hold? I don’t know, but I want to believe that new routes are ahead of us. And to you, dear reader, I would like to say: “Courage on the way and you will open the most inconceivable horizons, because “the road will reach the walking”.

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P.S Many thanks to everyone who traveled with me on this wonderful site. Thank you for your support, comments. Your kind words gave me strength and confidence that I am not writing in vain. I want to express my special gratitude to Scarlet-Cet. It was warm words of Irina that prompted me to finish the report on our first trip (European Odyssey) and begin preparations for the report on the second trip (Following the call of the Alps), which I will try to submit to your judgment shortly. Once again, thank you all.

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Dream Journey to Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia

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Itinerary for a trip to England, Ireland and Scandinavia to visit the filming locations of “Harry Potter” and the TV series “The Bridge” and to wander the fjords.

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All travelers from around the world are drawn to the Scandinavian countries. Their immensity, vastness and grandeur of the fjords attracts them with the unknown. So we go to London for adventure, and that’s where our journey begins!

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Almost everyone has read the book or seen the movie about “the boy who survived,” and all fans are just eager to get to the main sets of our first city, which we will definitely go in the morning, but meanwhile we’ll spend the night in London’s oldest hotel to feel the atmosphere of the city – The Montcalm at the Brewery London City.

Waking up, we quickly get ready and, having planned our route, run out into the street. Our main destination is King’s Cross station, where we see the magical platform 9 and 3/4.

We pass the office building where the Muggles saw the Death Eaters, and Piccadilly Square, where Hermione transgresses herself and her friends.

We pass the red phone booths where the heroes move to the Ministry of Magic, across Tower Bridge, and of course we visit London’s most popular zoo, where Harry talked to a snake (of course, and we try to do that, in case I go to Hogwarts next year, too).

After walking around the city, we do end up at the train station. The walls, the trains, everything is imbued with that same atmosphere of magic from childhood, where adults are so eager to dive into! After buying tickets to Oxford, we look forward to the new places we will see the next day, after London which inspired us.

We wake up early in the morning and visit the university to see the next big shooting locations. As soon as we approach this building, it immediately reminds us of Hogwarts with its gothic peaks on the roof!

Here we visit the library, look for spell books, go through the “moving stairs” and the hospital.

The next day we drive to Liverpool early in the morning . We pass the tunnel where Hagrid drove to Tees Street, and pull into the city center. The city itself switches you from the fairy tale world to the real one.

Looking for the Beatles museum. We enjoy the atmosphere and the music and have tea.

From here we go to the port, where the ferry takes us to another country and another reality.

Dublin! Good morning! Quickly we switch from the world of magic to the world of beer drinks and leprechauns. First of all, we need to understand the color of this city, how the locals live, and find out where to drink a pint or two of the local Guinness. We find Robert on the couchsurfing site, who will show us the non-touristy town in a friendly way.

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Tired and cold, we come to a hospitable new friend’s house, where by the fireplace we listen to stories about why each house has a different color door and where leprechauns came from. =)

Soon I realize that, having been to England, I have never once tasted local food!

“I need to go back immediately!” – I said and FLY!

Edinburgh , hello! I want to try the local haggis! It’s a mixture of sheep’s internal organs. Mmmm, it’s delicious.

Upon arriving in Trondheim, you can immediately feel the Norwegian spirit. The nature, the houses, the people, I’m bursting with excitement, everything is so beautiful! After a little walk around the city, we set off on a most interesting adventure through the fjords. Starting from the north we will go down to the south, admiring the mountains, waterfalls, and lakes. There are no words to describe it! You have to see everything! After arriving in Bergen we take the train with great pleasure. Bergen railroad is recognized as one of the most picturesque in the world. The route passes through the most extensive mountain plateau in Northern Europe, Hardangervidde. Then we take a tent, sleeping bags and go to the Troll’s Tongue! Perhaps every traveler dreams of taking a picture on this place.

The juiciest part is climbing the mountain on foot. When you realize that the goal is very close, but still so far away. Once at the top, you experience an incredible KAYF from just living and enjoying these unforgettable moments! It’s getting close to evening and it’s time to go to bed after watching the unrealistically beautiful starry sky. In the morning we enjoy the sunrise and realize that we have never seen such beauty!

From our most memorable place in life, we need to drive to Stockholm! It would be more logical and cheaper to do it from Oslo airport, where we are going.

From the Scandinavian paradise corner of Europe we arrive in hipster Stockholm. What to see in such a short time? That’s right! SCANSEN! It’s an open-air exhibit representing all of Sweden in miniature, where its history is told and its architecture is presented, and of course, after enjoying nature in Norway, we enjoy the Old Town by going to a restaurant and tasting fish in lye the Swedish way.

After renting a car, enjoying the yellow fields, we get to the longest bridge in Europe, which is located between Malmö and Copenhagen . Ah, they filmed the TV series “The Bridge” here. Yeah, and I ended up there! Kaaaaif!

We fly out in the evening, visiting the locations of your favorite movie and TV series, tasting the cuisine of different countries, wandering wildly in the fjords, you realize that this is the best thing that ever happened to you! Your motto in life is FLY.

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