Hans & Jacqui Stammel
and Jim Griffin, Esquire
29 Orestes St, San Remo WA 6210
phone: +61.8 95 81 7575
mobile (AU): 0428 81 7575
s5-01 29.August [Monday] ~300 km
Through the French and Swiss Alps (~300km) to ......
Spiez » Hotel Bellevue : 1 night CHF 274 at € 222 BB -
Seestrasse 36, Spiez, 3700, CH +41 33 65 48 464
Restaurant in house with view over the lake
s5-02 30.August [Tuesday] ~380 km
Follow the Road along the lakes and Lucern going north (~380km) to ...... -
Neuenburg am Rhein »
Hotel Krone : 1 night € 150 BB -
Breisacher Straße 1, Neuenburg am Rhein +49 (0)7631 70 390
in house ....
s5-03 31.August [Wednesday] ~300 km
north along the rhein (French and German side) and the "Winestrasse" (~300km) to ......
Heidelberg » 31.August - 02.September
Vier Jahreszeiten : 3 nights at € 540.00 BB -
Haspelgasse 2, Heidelberg, 69117 +49 (0)6221 24 164
there should be a number of nice places to eat in the "Altstadt" of Heidelberg
Hackteufel, Steingasse 7 - 905 380 - Traditional German Cuisine
Cafe Journal, Haupstr. 162 161712 - Very worth a visit (can get busy)
Cafe Schafheutle, Hauptstr. 94 14680 - "for Kaffee und Kuchen" cafe-schafheutle.de
Vetter Alt Heidelberg Brauhaus,Steingasse 9 165850 - German food & Beer brewed inhouse
NOTE: on the last day we will have to get ready
for our flight from Franfurt to Hong Kong on Saturday 03.09.2011
see a liitle more about Heidelberg »
see also (for a little more history :-) »
s5-04 03.September [Saturday] ~100 km
REPORT: Fastest roads [A35] to ......
Frankfurt Airport »
Drop off Hire Car at hertz.de at airport [Terminal 2] - by » 10:30
13:55 Departure Frankfurt Airport (Terminal 2) with Cathay Pacific flight CX288 to Hong Kong
- [see also the Transport page]
STAGE 5 - REPORT(S):
.... see the Photographic Gallery for this stage (NOT YET !)
Hotel Bellevue - At a fantastic view it has (certainly from the balcony by our bedroom) over the Thunsee lake
Dinner was at Hotel Restaurant ..... was below expection .....
Orders were taken wrongly - Waitress did not listen to our order and we were given entrees we did not want - and the soup that was ordered had to be re-requested
We had never seen a 'Schnitzel' like it (much more like a Salt-im-bocca from the italian cuisine) or their version of Cordon Bleu so badly executed. We ordered one dessert and some cheese for desert, as well as some coffee - the coffees arrived virtually immediately (with the usual 'Kaffee Sahne' in a plastic container - which we requested be replaced with real Swiss Milk instead) - the cheese selection trolley sitting in reaching distance for the next 20 minutes without any being offered to Jim. Hans' dessert (which was indicated to have a waiting period of 15 minutes) arrived and eventually a waitress offered Jim his cheese - which he by that time no longer desired. - all in all we had a meal that was good (although possibly the most expensive on the trip = definetely not value for money) - but from the hype the website was promising a lot more ..... and maybe it was a bad day with waiting and kitchen staff not at their best (?)
Lunch & Dinner at Hotel Restaurant ..... was as one would expect in a small German country hotel - EXCELLENT .....
We arrived just before 13 Uhr (1pm) and were seated and drink orders taken and served while we looked at the menu - mainly in German but with a good section in English, French and Italian as well. - Good Country Cooking was promised from the selection .....
and from the 3 soups - Clear Ox Tail; Goulasch and an unusual Snail Soup - to the Schnitzels and the Schweinekopfsuelze served with Bratkartoffeln and / or chips all was in large quantity and very well prepared by the kitchen .....
Dinner will have to be much lighter or we will not be able to fit into the car seats tomorrow
Jacqui and Hans had a pair of Wiener Wuerstchen each - Jacqui also had 6 Snails in garlic and Hans feasted on a Bauernplatte - mixed meats from the butcher next door which is owned by the same family as the hotel .... again an excellent meal. We noticed that many people obviously come across the border from France to eat here - a bit like in Perl (see stage 3)
PS - When we asked after lunch if we could use the hotels laundry for some quick washing (well overdue) we were asked to just put the laundy items into a basket and they put into the washing machine without a second word ... - very willing service with a smile :-)
Hotel Krone, Breisacher Straße 1, Neuenburg am Rhein +49 (0)7631 70 390
... and .... here we may write more about our experiences in this section of this stage
[when / if we have the time]
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