This Week – Germany, Cafes, Dunoon, various – How do you buy a German train ticket?

Here’s one of them, and that’s right, they’re in German!

Ticket to Nurnberg

First of all, even if German is not your strength, the ticket machines for the mainline German trains (though still a little confusing) can be set to English:

They ALWAYS look the same!

The above is for tickets for Deutsche Bahn, NOT for the U-Bahn or city trains.

The ticket was for a single, and the distance travelled was about 20km; all for about £4.50. Not cheap, but certainly not expensive. IMO, about the same price as for an equivalent distance here in the UK. The distance would be like going from Glasgow to Johnstone in Renfrewshire (As a Scottish example!).

If the machines are not for you, most of the major cities will also have a Travel Centre (Reise Zentrum) for you to buy them using English. I’ve also found most Germans are both helpful and speak very good English as well.


More from Germany (Bavaria) trip last month

More from a recent trip to Germany, and what I instantly noticed (ED; again!), is the number of different bike stands / bike racks / etc, in addition to the sheer volume of bikes – everywhere.

My favourite was this one:

Simple, but Effective

Though with the amount of rain we get in Glasgow, Scotland, they would all fill up with water quite quickly.

You can take you pick from the others:


A welcome sign to help Bicyclists – An air station in Glasgow

Coming from a recent trip to the cycling mad country of Germany, it was a pleasant surprise, to see the below “Wee Repair Station” outside of Gartnaval Hospital, in the west side of Glasgow.

Wee Repair Station

I’ve yet to see these elsewhere, though of course they no doubt are, but find these to be both needed and an encouraging sign that help is on the way for any struggling cyclists, in need of air.

Even instructions!

But what is strange, is that these are not by the Glasgow authorities, but, I believe, installed by Sustrans?

If so, more please.


First Few Days in Franconia, Bavaria –

You know, at times, the same problems that we endure in the UK, are very present in modern Germany.

The “day trip” here, from Glasgow to Franconia (via Frankfurt) was a fiasco, with delayed and missed flights, and cancelled trains, but in the end I got to Bavaria.

But several things were noticed:

* Free COVID test centres for the “schnell Tests”

Quick Test cabin for COVID – Free of Charge

* Elaborate directions on how to stay safe.

“Help us to stem the further spread of Corona” or something like that!

* And as very often here, two twin beds, that are put together to form a double.

More doubles made from twins – Very Practical

I’ll blog more this week and next from this great “Land”.


St Andrews – Part 2

Following up my first part, it was actually quite nice to have a long walk around the place, and not to think only of golf!

St Andrews has a wonderful beach if that’s your thing, and an old, ruined cathedral, that happened to be closed to the public on the evening of my walk. Equally, I’ve always wondered why they can’t try to restore (at least partly) some of these ancient monuments? Who knows, it could make a delightful lecture theatre!

What I also discovered, are some quads that rival Oxford and other yoonis, and considering that St Andrews is on the small side, I was surprised there’d be enough room.

St Salvators Quad

Looked lovely late in the evening.

St Salvators Chapel

There seemed to be a lively buzz about this place, with the smallness, golf, students and compact town centre.


And although this was a Sunday, January night, it was most pleasant, though if you are in town at this day and time, reservations are key for a restaurant! We literally could only find one place that would have us, with the resultant meal being both dreadful, but also “on the house, as they had run out of pizza dough in a pizza restaurant!

18th Hole and Royal and Ancient golf club

What a shot on the way back to the hotel!


The Week Ahead – Cafe’s, St Andrews and Various bits of Culture

Hey, still to show you more of my exploits in the delightful town (or city?) of St Andrews. Check this out, what a cool wee pub by the 17th Hole:

The Jigger Inn

A great place for a late night pint. The pub has been there for some time and is now run by the Old Course Hotel.

As said before, will show more snaps of St Andrews, but not really about golf, as it is just SO self-contained, with culture, a university, theatres, etc.

I personally love the architecture and noted that there are some small similarities with other universities such as Oxford!


St Andrews, Scotland – Part 1

What a lovely, self-contained city-village, a new word.

I’ve been here many times before, but not for a quick, New Year break. This place has everything; from the Cathedral ruins, to the beach, to the golf courses & museums, to the University, to a thriving craft beer / brewery scene, to a very compact city centre, ideal for walking, etc.

I decided for a change, to go luxury; not really my scene, but the Old Course Hotel had everything for the discerning traveller, including excellent views of the Old Course itself.

The amazing thing, is that the Old Course is closed to golfers on the Sunday (to my knowledge) that resulted in us being allowed (along with many tourists, people with dogs, etc) to simply wander about on it – how cool! And for you who are not golfers, it’s a lovely, manicured walk.

From the “Road Hole” – Number 17, to the Road Hole bunker, to the 18th

At the end of the walk, you come to the 18th green, and the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse.

More later.


Ardrossan, Scotland – Part 1

I went to meet an old friend in the very cold and wet, coastal town of Ardrossan, on the West Coast of Scotland – It was even colder than I thought it would be.

You have to understand the weather in this part of the world, physically and technically, it is not REALLY that cold, but when it’s 7 celsius (42 f), and is humid, and has a 20+ mph wind in your face – it goes down to your bones.

Equally, it’s a rather strange, small place, with three to four train stations! Surely some kind of record for such a low population of about 10,000+?

We ate at the delightful and functional (excellent, friendly service!), Cecchinis, at the marina. It’s a modern Italian place, and is swift, clean and quality – quite full at this time (and weather) and place.

Afterwards, we hiked about the high street, and promenade (more tomorrow), but lastly, there’s palm trees there!

A palm tree in Scotland, a regular appearance on the West Coast


Glasgow street shots – We play cricket here also!

A casual stroll through the extreme west of the West End, and lo and behold, we come to the West of Scotland Cricket Ground.

The first thing I notice, is that it is not only large, but must now be worth a fortune! As the ground would easily be consumed by very expensive flats, if it were to ever be sold.

Hopefully that will never happen.


The Week Ahead – Hey, COP26 is in Glasgow

Still recovering from a recent hospitalisation, but will still try to put some things here.

I will continue to look at things around Glasgow; show some old trips (haven’t travelled too much the last few weeks); and look at some TV I’ve seen, etc.

But to say again, the COP26 conference is here in Glasgow for the next few weeks. I don’t do politics, government, etc on this blog, but will put some photos and try to critique – some of the design. For example:

They’ve definitely chose a green / blue look for their banners. Makes sense, as presumably it shows their care for the blue sky / oceans and green for the plants on this planet.

And if that is not your bag; there are also various protests one can take part in; particularly in the university area:

Various Posters inviting / highlighting Protests

Hey, take your pick! Will write more about this over the next few weeks.