Our Trip around the World in 1990 (continued)

In Singapore we went to the Zoological Gardens. Peter and Caroline had breakfast with an Orangutan.
In Singapore we went to the Zoological Gardens.
Peter and Caroline had breakfast with an Orangutan.

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This is a picture that Caroline took at Sydney Airport before our Departure.
This is a picture that Caroline took at Sydney Airport before our Departure.

Gaby had come with David. Also Monika was there to farewell us. This was 24 years ago, meaning that none of Monika’s girls had been born yet, but Monika had  of course already Troy and Ryan. They were ten at the time.

Here, Caroline is in the picture  too, meaning we are to be seen here with all three daughters!
Here, Caroline is in the picture too, meaning we are to be seen here with all three daughters!
In  In Singapore we went to this Chapel.
In
In Singapore we went to this Chapel.
We also went on a temple tour
We also went on a temple tour
Our Hotel had a Swimming Pool at the Top of the building.
Our Hotel had a Swimming Pool at the Top of the building.
This was the View from the Top of the Building.
This was the View from the Top of the Building.
I enjoyed our Stay in Singapore.
I enjoyed our Stay in Singapore.

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After Singapore our next destination was Paris. I already mentioned in Part One that we picked up a 2CV in Paris.
We did a bit of sightseeing in Paris, where we had booked a hotel for two nights. Then we did drive through country area. Close to where the Mt Blanc Tunnel leads towards Italy we had some overnight stops at a hotel which had very basic accommodation. The good thing was, that from there it was not far to Switzerland. We had a few excursions to Geneva. I am sure we made some pictures there but unfortunately cannot find them at present. I have no idea, why they are not in the books with all the other pictures from this trip.

We arrived at this hotel in the evening and were happy to stay there for it was reasonably priced and the owners were very friendly.
We arrived at this hotel in the evening and were happy to stay there for it was reasonably priced and the owners were very friendly.

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I think I already mentioned what a horror the Mont Blanc Tunnel turned out to be. Well, I guess when this tunnel was built, they had no idea by how much traffic would increase, and that especially these big trucks would pollute the air and that they had to make sure that ventilation remained okay. These days they would never attempt to build a tunnel with only one lane in each direction. The tunnel goes for 11 kilometres without any interruptions.

This is a picture of the Mont Blanc Tunnel.
This is a picture of the Mont Blanc Tunnel.

I am sure we took a lot of pictures in Italy. I just cannot find them at present and have to try and publish some at another time. We stayed in several different hotel during our trip through Italy. In Rome we found a very reasonably priced hotel close to the Vatican.

It was a Wednesday when we turned up at the Vatican. Lots of tourists had arrived in buses from Germany on that day. They thought we had come with them from Germany. The Pope greeted the tourists in German. We could hardly see him for he was a great distance away from us.
It was a Wednesday when we turned up at the Vatican. Lots of tourists had arrived in buses from Germany on that day. They thought we had come with them from Germany. The Pope greeted the tourists in German. We could hardly see him for he was a great distance away from us.

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We spent a lovely day in Venice, we also had a look at the leaning tower of Pisa. But I have no picture of it. Here is another picture with Caroline and me in Venice.

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From Italy we went to Austria and from there for a trip to Bayrischzell along the Alpenstrasse. On the way we had a look at Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart. On the Alpenstrasse we were caught in a blizzard. After a stay over at Bayrischzell we tried to reach the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany. But it was bad weather. This is why the cable cars to the top of the Zugspitze were not in operation.

Here is what I Wikipedia says about the cable cars:

“Three cable cars run to the top of the Zugspitze. The first, the Tyrolean Zugspitze Cable Car, was built in 1926 and terminated on an arête below the summit before the terminus was moved to the actual summit in 1991. A rack railway, the Bavarian Zugspitze Railway, runs inside the northern flank of the mountain and ends on the Zugspitzplatt, from where a second cable car takes passengers to the top. The rack railway and the Eibsee Cable Car, the third cableway, transport an average of 500,000 people to the summit each year. In winter, nine ski lifts cover the ski area on the Zugspitzplatt. The weather station, opened in 1900, and the research station in the Schneefernerhaus are mainly used to conduct climate research.”

We made it to Neuschwanstein Castle just a few minutes before they were about to close. O our way back to Austria we stayed near Ober-Ammergau. We had accommodation in a pleasant hotel. When we woke up in the morning, our car was covered in snow.

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Then back to Windischgarsten where Peter’s sister Eva lives with Harald, her husband. Harald built this house all on his own:

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Eva and Harald with their dog Blinki in early 1983.
Eva and Harald with their dog Blinki in early 1983.

We stayed with Eva and Harald over Easter. Peter’s other sister, Ilse, had come also with husband Klaus and sons Daniel and Stefan. Ilse and her family live in Berlin. They all still live there. After Easter we travelled to Berlin. My Mum lived in a seniors’ home unit at the time. We took her in our 2CV to the Brandenburg Gate which was being restored after the Fall of the Wall a few months earlier.

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24 years ago Mum was 79, the same age that I am now!

Here is Peter with my brother Peter Uwe in Berlin, Adenauer Platz.
Here is Peter with my brother Peter Uwe in Berlin, Adenauer Platz.

After returning our car in Paris we spent a few great days exploring the city, staying in a lovely old hotel.

Caroline is only eleven. I think she looks pretty grown up already!
Caroline is only eleven. I think she looks pretty grown up already!
Caroline and Peter did get into the shot I took!
Caroline and Peter did get into the shot I took!
Waiting for our flight at the airport. Caroline took this picture. This hat I wear was still pretty new then. I still have it and wear it sometimes!
Waiting for our flight at the airport. Caroline took this picture. This hat I wear was still pretty new then. I still have it and wear it sometimes!

As I mentioned in the first Part, we spent three days in Anaheim to visit Disneyland. Here is just a sample of some Disneyland photos.

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You can see Caroline in the cup to the right.
You can see Caroline in the cup to the right.

16 thoughts on “Our Trip around the World in 1990 (continued)

  1. Einen schönen Tag liebe Ute das sind ja schöne Bilder eine wunderschöne Erinnerung,und die kann einen keiner nehmen,war bestimmt eine sehr schöne Zeit.Ich hoffe es geht dir gut wir sind auch wieder in Köln,wahren ein paar Tage an der Ahr,aber jetzt ist Hausarbeit angesagt.Grüße dich noch lieb und alles Liebe für dich.Gislinde

    1. Danke, liebe Gislinde. Ich denke, der 2CV hatte die Reise durch mehrere europäische Länder irgendwie etwas besonderes gemacht, was man nicht so leicht vergisst. Nach Amerika sind wir nur dies eine mal gereist, aber in Deutschland sind wir über die Jahre des öfteren gewesen. 1977 flogen wir von Australien aus das erste mal nach Deutschland. Damals machten wir unter anderen auch eine schöne Rheinfahrt. Der Stoff zum Schreiben mit Bildern wird mir noch lange nicht ausgehen. Wir haben eigentlich bei jeder Reise eine ganze Menge Bilder gemacht. Ja. das sind so Erinnerungen. Ich weiss nicht, ob wir es schaffen werden, noch einmal nach Deutschland zu fliegen. Wir kommen jetzt doch mehr und mehr schon ins Greisenalter. Aber wer weiss, so lange wie wir noch einigermassen gesund sind, können wir es vielleicht doch noch einmal schaffen. Auf jeden Fall fahren wir auch gern hier in Australien ein bisschen herum. Es gibt ja hier auch schöne Plätze zum Urlaub machen. Ihr scheint es ja sehr an der Ahr zu mögen. Es ist gut, dass ihr euch dort immer gut erholen könnt. Bis zum nächsten mal recht liebe Grüsse, Uta.

    1. We have been to quite a few zoos in different countries. In my estimation the one in Singapore must be one of the best. Their tropical gardens are wonderful and they have a great variety of animals and birds. Possibly the public breakfast sessions with orangutans do not exist any more.. I am not sure about this, but I think they found out that it was too stressful for the animals. There is also a very large night-time zoo You can reach it easily with public transport. We visited this other part of the zoo in 1994 when we had another stop over in Singapore.

    1. I am glad I could add some of the old photos to this post. Gee, it was a long time ago, that we went on this world tour with our little daughter. We had so much fun! It is good to remember it all. Thanks for commenting, Sheila. Hugs back, Uta xx 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. Wow! What a family experience. I enjoyed so many details in your photos. Was that a Citroen car you rented, a deux chaveaux, I think they’re called? I always enjoy seeing how others capture the Eiffel Tower. After Paris, I think I will always remember how friendly a hotel owner in Normandy received me. What a contrast between the big city and the small towns in the country! Ha! I live in the States and only made it to Disneyland last year at an age older than you in your photos.
    What a sense of accomplishment you must feel in recording this memorable trip. Now you have it uploaded, preserved and recorded to share with family whenever. Congratulations, auntyuta.

    1. Lovely comment. Thank you so much, Georgette.
      We always liked the small hotel owners, in city or country.
      All of them were extremely friendly. And we saved by going to these small hotels! In 1959 Peter and I migrated with our children from Germany to Australia. Our parents, brothers and sisters stayed in Germany. None of them followed us to live in Australia. Some of them came here for a visit though. Everyone who visited here, loved Australia very much.
      Peter and I, and later on our youngest daughter, Caroline, did quite a few trips to Germany. We could usually stay with family during our stays in Germany. And we usually did take a lot of pictures. So there are a lot more pictures I could chose to publish. Looking at these photos is a good way to remember all these excursions to Germany! Our trips always included Berlin. This is where most of our family live.

  3. You are right, Georgette, this 2CV is a Citroen. I think in my previous post I wrote a bit more about it.

    In one reply comment I wrote the following: Since “the last ‘official’ 2CVs were built by Citroen in 1990″, our car must have been one of the last ones that had been built. We were so lucky that we could get it for our trip through several countries of Europe!

    1. Thank you for the Citroen update. I can relate with staying with family when my family traveled long distance. btw My nephew was married a year and a half ago in Germany to a German girl. He met her here in the states and she has worked here. They’re giving Germany a ‘go’ right now.

    1. Thanks for commenting, dear Emu.
      I suppose you can call Harald a craftsman.
      We have many more pictures of Harald’s house.
      Maybe I could use them for another blog.
      Noeleen, who cancelled ‘Words fall from my Eyes’ now has not got an email address any more either. I imagine, working and keeping up with blogging must have been just too much for her. I hope that she’s going to be all right soon.
      Greetings to you and Ana from Peter and me,
      Aunty Uta

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