Two days ago we returned home from a wonderful trip, filled with surprises and joy! Out of the blue, we could visit NL again and we could meet those wonderful people we know and love there. All of our plans for this end of the summer where absolete. There are many things to be told and shown, so I will split the story in several parts.
O asemenea calatorie presupune etape precise de drum, iar prima este strabaterea Romaniei pana la Arad, orasul in care petreci o noapte de odihna, esentiala pentru etapa urmatoare. Totul a mers bine, fara griji. A doua zi dimineata devreme am iesit din tara si am inceput etapa ungureasca a traseului nostru. Ca o mica atentionare, un accident langa Budapesta ne-a intarziat vreo jumatate de ora. Din fericire pentru noi, accidentul a avut loc pe sensul opus celui pe care eram noi, asa ca nu a durat mult si am pornit iar la drum.
For this kind of trip you must plan carefully how many kilometers you can make in one day and to take into consideration also the accomodation for the night. So, the first step is to cover the distance between Bucuresti and Arad, the exit gate to Hungary, in one day. We did it and we slept in Arad. Next morning, really early, we entered Hungary and we drove towards Budapest. There, like a kind of warning, we almost witnessed an accident, which took us a half an hour from our schedule. Luckily, the accident was not too serious and it was on the other part of the highway, so we soon went away towards Austria.
Ziua era frumoasa, insa calda, prea calda pentru noi, satui de canicula si de uscaciunea din Bucuresti. Aveam insa speranta ca vom gasi ploaia in Olanda, asa ca rezistam eroic :-))).
Drumul a decurs fara probleme si am intrat in Austria dupa pranz. Si inca o surpriza: un alt accident, de data aceasta pe sensul nostru de mers, a blocat total circulatia. Cum coada de masini in spatele nostru a atins peste 30 de kilometri, s-a decis devierea circulatiei pe o ruta ocolitoare, pe drumuri nationale. Usor nelinistiti dupa doua ore de intarziere, alergand ca vantul pe autostrazile din Germania, ceea ce risca sa se produca s-a produs: am pierdut programarea pentru cazare la pensiunea din Koln, asa ca am decis sa ne oprim in Koblenz la un mic hotel pe care il stiam din anii trecuti. Da, numai ca era deja tarziu, receptia hotelului urma sa se inchida pentru noapte, iar noi inca ne straduiam sa intelegem cum sa ajungem la hotelul pe care il vedeam, dar la care se parea ca nu se putea ajunge. Tot felul de sensuri unice ne incurcau, asa ca am gasit doi tineri amabili, care ne-au aratat cum sa gasim intrarea hotelului. Si, cu doar 15 minute inainte de inchidere, am ajuns la hotel si am inchiriat o camera.
The weather was nice, but too hot for us; we were fed up with the hot and dry summer we had in Bucuresti. We knew though we would find the rain in NL, so we were patient. :-)))
The trip went well and we entered Austria early in the afternoon. And surprise: another accident, this time on our part of the highway, totally blocked the circulation. As the qeque behind us reached over 30 kilometers long, the authorities decided to redirect everybody to a different route, on national roads, which cost us two hours until we reached again the highway. We were concerned about the time we lost and so we flew on the German highways to try and regain the lost hours. And what was ment to happen happend: we lost the reservation we had in Koln at a small hotel, so we decided to stop in Koblenz to sleep. Ok, but it was already late in the evening, the reception at the hotel was about to close for the night, we weren't able to find the entrance at the hotel, we were trying different routes, the navigation system was constantly recalculating the route, until we finally found two nice young men who gave us a tip on how to avoid the traffic difficulties and find the entrance to the hotel. And, just 15 minutes before closing for the night, we reached the hotel and booked a room.
|Koblenz seen from the highway|
Dimineata, dupa un somn bun si un mic dejun excelent, am pornit iar al drum. Tinta: cel mai mare salon european de caravane si camping de la Dusseldorf. Din nou cald, foarte cald. Iata cateva imagini:
In the morning, after a good night sleep and a perfect breakfast, we hit the road again towards the greatest caravaning and camping fair, held in Dusseldorf. Again hot, very hot weather. Here are some pictures:
Dupa Dusseldorf, urmatoarea tinta a fost Olanda, unde am cumparat rulota pentru prietenii nostri romani si apoi, noaptea tarziu am ajuns la destinatia finala, casa prietenilor nostri olandezi. Prima parte a calatoriei noastre se incheiase; ne astaptau cateva zile in care sa ne bucuram de compania bunilor nostri prieteni olandezi si sa gasim ploaia pe care am asteptat-o toata vara acasa, in Romania :-))).
After Dusseldorf, we hit the road again towards NL, where we bought the caravan for our Romanian friends and then, late in the night, we reached our final destination: the house of our dutch friends. The first part of our trip was over, we were having a few days to enjoy the company of our dear Dutch friends and to finally find the rain we so much waited in Romania this summer :-))).