Monthly Archives: March 2013

Dolmens of Osnabrück

We had just visited one of the churches where our Theler ancestors worshiped in Hunteburg and were on our way back to Osnabrück early Friday afternoon (March 25, 2012) when our tour guide  Carol Saint-Clair decided to show us what … Continue reading

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The Roman Empire’s Greatest Defeat was in the Backyard of my Ancestors

One of the greatest battles in the history of the world occurred in the backyard of our Theler ancestors.  Well, maybe not quite in their backyard. But the church where my great great grandfather was baptized is only six miles … Continue reading

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Why we went to Osnabruck and where we stayed

The “where” was a pretty easy choice. We wanted a four-star hotel because four-star hotels have elevators. There are only 3 or 4 four-star hotels in Osnabruck (also spelled Osnabrueck) and Steigenberger was rated number one by TripAdvisor. So we … Continue reading

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Train Travel in Netherlands, Germany and Belgium

Before traveling to Europe we purchased first-class railroad passes online at http://www.eurail.com.  Why first class? On most second-class cars you have to place your bags on luggage racks near the exit door. Very convenient for thieves. You can bring your … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong and What’s Right with Amsterdam?

What’s Wrong with Amsterdam? Could it be the bikes? The Red Lights? The whiff of Mary Jane in the air? Maybe it’s the garbage out of which this swan builds her nest. So what’s Right with Amsterdam? Could it be … Continue reading

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De Valk Windmill in Leiden

I guess we’re windmill junkies. On our first trip to Ireland in 2002 we stayed for a week in Holywood, County Down with our cousins Henry and Geraldine. One day they took us to Ballycopeland on the Ards peninsula to … Continue reading

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Hartebrugkerk in Leiden

We visited twenty churches on our European vacation last May but only one in The Kingdom of the Netherlands: Hartebrugkerk (Hart Bridge Church) in Leiden. The church is so named because it was built next to the bridge over the … Continue reading

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