Worrall Travel R's

Worrall Travel R's
Roz and Russ

Worrall Travel R's - Kicking the Bucket List

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We are the Worrall Travel R's Roz and Russ Worrall. Our goal before we "kick the bucket" is to see as much of the world as we are able, learn about world cultures, experience making friends around the world, and share goodwill and what we learn with others. WE HOPE YOU JOIN US VIA THE BLOG ON OUR TRAVELS.

We started our world travels in 1969 in VW camper van in the USA, Canada, and Europe, but didn't actively blog about our travels until 2009 aboard our sailing vessel SV Worrall Wind, a 44 ft Nauticat Ketch.  On September 5, 2009 we left San Francisco and took a left at the Golden Gate to Explore the World.

From to Sea to Land
After almost 4 years of cruising Mexico and the South Pacific, we sold our beloved boat in Australia, 2013. The Worrall Travel R's are continuing our travels around by many other means of conveyance -boats,trains, planes, sometimes camels, elephants, rickshaws, and hot air balloons.. 

Russ is a retired engineer, optometrist, professor from U.C. Berkeley. Roz is a retired computer programmer/analyst, educator, (teacher, administrator, professional developer). 

Our Mantra:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Goodbye Switzerland - Hello Dusseldorf, WTRDs 18-19

Saturday, June 23, 2018

We are sad to say goodbye to Grindelwald, Switzerland.  We have loved every moment that we have been here and hope to see our hosts Gordy and Gabby again someday when we return or if we exchange homes in the future.

Gabby and Gordy

The last two days have played cloud peek-a-boo with the sun, but as we leave the sky is once again brilliant blue.

Our plan today on Saturday is to travel by train from Grindelwald to Dusseldorf, Germany.  We will arrive late in the day.

Once again from Interlaken to Mannheim we were in a six person suite.  A German woman about our age was saying farewell (we learned later) to her niece.  She occupied both of the window seats, one for herself and the one across from her with her carryon bags.  As she sat down across from the empty seat, she started to cry and felt the need to tell us why she had two seats.

This had been a planned trip for both her and her husband and they had reserved two window seats.  But apparently he died just prior to their trip.  Our hearts ached for her.  She offered to move her bags so that one of us could sit by the window, but we decline.  It just didn't feel right to take "his" seat.

The woman's name was Monica, and she spoke excellent English.  She told us she would be getting off the train in a little town called Muhlheim.  I asked her what Mulheim meant.  It means the home of the Miller. I told Monica that my maternal grandmother's maiden name was Mehlhouse.  She said yes, Muhl and Mehl both meant mill.  Haus and Heim both meant house but heim was the more friendly term... I think like house vs. home.  She said there are Mehlhaus and Muhlhaus, Mehlheim and Melhhaus all over Germany.  I guess I was hoping that perhaps my great grandfather Adolf Mehlhaus (Mehlhouse) was from a findable village....tnat is if I investigated all the the towns in Germany or Sachsany with that name.

When we reached Bern, another passenger from France joined us.  Monica switched from fluent English to fluent French and was able to talk with us and translate for us.  The time aboard went quickly, and we transferred trains in Mannheim for Dusseldorf.  Dussel Monica told us means a small river, dorf means town.  A small river does wind its way through the once small village before flowing into the Rhine.  Monica had asked us why we were going to Dusseldorf as tourists do not usually seek out this destination.  We explained our interest in seeing the Neanderthal Museum.

We arrived at the correct train stop where we would walk to our accommodations.  The tiny, right on the street row house, was a surprise package waiting to unfold.

The back of the house opened to a large very private and nice back living area.

Our hosts Susanne and Heiko live in the home. and we are renting a bedroom for two nights from them.  They made us feel quite welcome and told us to make ourselves at home.  They had an event they were attending and left soon after we arrived.

Russ and I went to the local grocery store less than a block away and across the street, and bought food for  two mornings, two lunches and two dinners.  Brought the food back to the house then heated up the frozen cannelloni dinners, made a fresh green salad with tomatoes, and poured the wine while we watched the World Cup Soccer, Germany vs. Sweden.  We were rooting for both teams.  In the end Germany won.

We cleaned up the kitchen, locked the doors, took our showers and went to bed.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Our hosts are still sleeping by the time we tiptoe out of the house and head for the Neanderthal Museum at 9:30.  We took the local train three stops,

got off and walked six kilometers through the beautiful Neander Valley, to the Museum.

Both Russ and I have Neanderthal DNA, so we wanted to come back to the area where Neanderthal bones were first discovered in Germany.  These earlier homo sapiens were most likely our distant ancestors when modern humans and the Neanderthals had a reproductive relationship.

The museum was very interesting.  We learned that in the  1600's the fashion was to translate German names in to Greek. Jocheim Neumann
born in 1650 carried the name Jocheim Neander. He became a composer and spent considerable time in the beautiful Dusseldorf area which was an inspiration to his religious hymns.  The valley was named for him.

Later when the bones of early humans were discovered in the rubble of a limestone quarry,  they were called Neanderthals.

As we walked toward the museum through the old quarry,

we passed by the outdoor exhibits of live animals that are ancient or hybrid from earlier times.  Of the three animals on the sign, the bisons, aurochs, and tarpans (wild Asian-European horses), all of which the Neanderthals hunted for food, we only saw the tarpans.

The wooly Mammoth was one of the animals during the Neanderthal times that are now extinct.

The exhibits were interesting and we paid our respects to our early ancestors.  Do you see a resemblance.

Tell me your stories Great Grandfather.
Not much to see at the discovery site today.

But before we left, we took a "family" portrait.

Aunt "Lucy" is Center behind Russ.

All is well with the Worrall Travel Rs in the Neander Valley, looking for our early roots.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Grindelwald, Interlaken, Bring Last three Days in Switzerland, Days 4-7, WTRDs 14-17

JUNE 20, 21, 22, 23, 2018
We have had a wonderful time in the Swiss Alps, so much so that I am not inclined to write much, just share some photo highlights of our last three days.

On Wednesday, June 20, Russ and I headed to Grindelwald First to check out the the sky walk and the adventures that are available for those who seek thrill seeking zip lines, gliders, paragliding, mountain biking, etc.  We chose the skywalk in the morning, followed up by a round of golf in the afternoon.

Golf in the Afternoon - The Nine Hole Course wove through farmers' pastures.

I just need a nap between hole 8 and 9.

Hole Ten!

We finished up in just in time.  The sky had been clouding up all day.  Late in the Day, it started to thunder, and rain started sprinkle and the lower elevations.  It was much harder up the mountain, and ribbons of waterfalls streaked down the granite cliffs.

Totally dry 30 minutes before.

On Thursday, June 21, we took the train down to Interlaken, up the cog-tram up to Harder Kulum and to Brienze via the Jungfrau ship Interlaken Ost.

This Cog-Tram takes you almost straight up the mountain... mile up from Interlaken to Harder Kulum in 8 minutes

In the afternoon we took a lovely boat ride from Interlaken to Brienz, an old city known for its woodcarving.

I had a funny feeling that we were being followed in Brienz....Moooo!

'There are bigger than life cows all over Switzerland! We followed along the lake Promenade to  the old part of town.

We finished our day by taking the train back to Grindelwald for dinner and then back to our flat.

Swiss Rosti - Potatoes, Onions, Mushrooms, egg, and melted cheese

On Friday, June 22, we went to Schynige Platte to the Alpine Gardens and to hike around Daub Point,  The day was overcast.  We played peek-a-boo with them mountains through the clouds.

Another Cog train up, up into the clouds.

In the Alpine Garden. Edleweiss plus many others that I hope to identify when I have time.

Again we ran into the Cow...

AFter wandering around in the Alpine Gardens, we hade our lunch up by the Hotel Plaza with a interesting art and flora arrangements.  The views weren't bad either.

Filled with Goulashe Suppe, bread, and apple strudel we waddled around another mountain in the afternoon.  The trail was pretty rugged and slippery with scree.  Sure glad I had my walking poles.

We met a Swiss mom with two little boys taking a hike.  Liam 3, Ben 6.  They were hoping to hike to the next look out, but were waiting for the clouds to drift away.
Pretzels for Lunch for these Alpine Boys!
We continued back down the mountain, and caught our train back to Grindelwald, did some last minute shopping, and came home and prepared Swiss Fondue for our last meal.

All is Well with The Worrall Travel Rs in Grindelwald our last night.  Headed for Germany tomorrow.