About Pat

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  • Biography: Retired. Have time for the things I love: travel, my cat, reading, good food, travel, genealogy, walking, and of course travel.

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Clearing Customs in Covid

Posted by Pat on September 28, 2021 in Travel |

26 September 2021

Travel is muscle memory. At least it was.  Much has changed because of Covid. I can’t utilize all the little perks of travel that once made the experience faster, easier and more pleasant. However, as I wrote earlier, travel may not be as easy but all the protections and requirements put in place are definitely worth the effort. 

One no longer travels without: 

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Sharing Hamburg With a Hamburger

Posted by Pat on September 22, 2021 in Travel |

22 September 2021 I can’t help it. When eating a delicious slice of pork shoulder, my server thought I was leaving the best part, the layer of crispy fat. “Das ist gut” she points out. Yes it is, I agree, but I have a desire to keep my arteries open a few more years. So, […]

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I may not meet a Brockmann cousin….

Posted by Pat on September 20, 2021 in Travel |

19 September 2021 “ I may not meet a Brockmann cousin….” I previously wrote. Among my family’s papers were four mysterious envelopes addressed by my grandmother Dora Brockmann to Brockmanns in Germany. One of those envelopes was addressed to Chris Brockmann, Bülts St. 11 in Celle. It was thought that he was a nephew.

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Celle – Its Castle of Intrigue

Posted by Pat on September 20, 2021 in Travel |

19 September 2021 Walking Celle is like strolling through a Brothers Grimm folktale. Walk Celle’s streets, ogle its magnificent architecture, enjoy the statues and fountains, and stand in the Markt Plaza when the Glockenspiel rings out. Overall, this is a charming city that should not be overlooked in one’s travels of Lower Saxony. Celle is […]

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Why Celle?

Posted by Pat on September 19, 2021 in Travel |

17 September 2021 Two major events explain why I visit Celle. In the winter of 1911, my grandmother Dora left her home and family in Celle to emigrate to the United States. I don’t exactly know why this petite 33 year-old, 5’2” woman, speaking little English and traveling alone would choose to leave her family […]

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Deutsche Bahn

Posted by Pat on September 18, 2021 in Travel |

17 September 2021 I have almost had to revise my positive opinion on DB because of dreaded gate changes but with a smattering of German and helpful English speakers, I am able to catch a later train.

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Würzburg -Much History Has Flowed Under Alte Mainbrücke

Posted by Pat on September 16, 2021 in Travel |

16 September 2021 The Nuremberg Residenz is too groß and grand, Bamburg Residenz too small and simple, but Würzburg Residenz is just right. Würzburg Residenz From its entry foyer where carriages debarked its elite passengers under a 3D fresco to flow past the spectacular oval Garden Hall with its massive windows, pink marble columns, white […]

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