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Day 1-2 Colchester to Hamburg

Other countries have delayed trains too

sunny 22 °C
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Well the train from Colchester was on time and then the fun started. Long taxi ride to Highgate where the hotel was lovely but not quite ready for use...and they were hosting a very loud birthday party. However, we managed a good night’s sleep and were in good time for our Eurostar train to Brussels. Delays due to train ahead having technical problems meant a fairly tight change at Brussels so I was relieved to be on the Cologne train. This in turn was running a total of 35 mins late - because we had to take a detour to reach Aachen due to vandalism on the line ( remind me again where Goths and Vandals come from?). But the Cologne to Hamburg connection wasn’t tight and anyway the Hamburg train was running 15 mins late but that was better than some of the others we saw on the boards in Cologne which were up to 75 mins behind schedule. It actually makes one feel slightly less embarrassed about our trains when you see others having similar problems...especially at weekends. So finally we settled in for the 4+ hours to Hamburg...partaking of a quite unimaginative ham and potato salad meal from a Swiss menu as that particular service was run by Swiss trains (why?)... but the Weizer bier was very good. We arrived in Hamburg before 10pm and soon found our hotel, Novum Graf Moltke, which is lovely. This morning and after an excellent sleep and breakfast, we have a couple of hours for a quick look round then back to the station for the train to Copenhagen.

Posted by nanny0gg 23:43 Archived in Germany

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