Fri/Sat May 28/29, 2010

All good things come to an end … and our delightful Mad Midlife romp through Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary along the Rhine/Main/Danube Rivers (with Oberammergau providing the icing on the cake) is just about over.

We spent most of yesterday driving north through scenic Bavaria, with time for a brief photo-stop at Heidelberg, its famous half-ruined castle (built in 1214 out of red sandstone) looming over the Neckar River. Then it was back on the autobahn – to Frankfurt and the Steigenberger Hotel.

We had time this morning for one more on-foot look-see city tour. (Frankfurt straddles the Main River, and has been Germany’s financial centre for yonks). But finally, this afternoon, it was OUR turn to pack our overflowing bags for the very last time and check out of the hotel.

Some of our group have STILL not had enough, and are heading for London, Paris, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Perth and parts unknown. The rest of us are transferring to the airport, where a Singapore Airlines jumbo will be waiting to return us (eventually) to New Zealand.

Phew, what an adventure we’ve had! And what stories we’ve got to tell!


“Auf wiedersehen!”  


Goodbye Europe, hello Godzone …”


Yours bloggedly – JOHN

P.S. If following this travel diary has whet YOUR appetite and got you thinking, “Hey, I’D like to go on one of these Mad Midlife adventures!” … click on the TOURS list/logos on the right of this page, and read all about our upcoming schemes and dreams. Or go to our website: Or phone our travel colleague and booking agent, Roger Glynan (Lion World Travel) – tollfree 0800 277 477.

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About John Cooney

John Cooney and his wife Robyn have enjoyed more than their fair share of travel. They hesitate to call themselves ‘experts’ – but they’ve grabbed every chance that’s come their way to explore new countries, cultures and customs. They’ve had the privilege (both on their own and as the leaders of numerous successful group-tours) to sample many stunning destinations: Europe, the UK, Singapore, Vanuatu, the USA, Israel, Egypt, Africa, Dubai, China, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. And their recent (and most pleasant) memories are of the places ancient-and-modern that border the Mediterranean. John and Robyn are at-home in airports, hotels, cruise ships, and the like … and they know how to make the most of a unique travel opportunity. Travel, they reckon, is an all-five-senses experience – a chance to see, feel, smell, hear and taste the world. And they’ve done it often enough to know for sure: sightseeing with a group of laid-back Kiwis is DOUBLE the fun – lots of laughs, great company, and memories that last forever!

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