Travels in 2000

After my M.Sc. graduation in July 2000, Krista and I made a six-week train-bicycle holiday across Western Europe using Interrail passes. Our itinerary went as follows:
  1. cycling from Turnhout (Belgium), across the Netherlands to Leer (Germany)
  2. by train to Denmark with stopovers at Bremen and Hamburg
  3. cycling and visiting in Denmark: Kolding, Vejle, Odense, Billund (Legoland)
  4. by train to Bad Schandau (Germany)
  5. cycling to Decin (Czech republic)
  6. by train to Prague and Ceske Budejovice
  7. cycling to Cesky Krumlov and into Austria
  8. by train to Vienna, visiting Linz
  9. cycling to Bratislava (Slovakia) and into Hungary, stopping by Mosonmagyarovar and Gyor
  10. by train to Esztergom
  11. cycling to Budapest via Visegrad
  12. by train to Vienna, Eisenstadt and Basel (Switzerland)
  13. cycling to Sarrebourg via Mulhouse and Colmar (France)
  14. by train to Metz
  15. cycling to Luxemburg
When it all began: posing at the Turnhout railway station
During this year's fall holidays, we arranged a short trip to the island of Vlieland off the northern coast of the Netherlands. The tourist season was just about over and the island had a atmosphere of peace and quiet about it, especially after the rough weather had settled down. Walking and biking our way around the tiny island, part of which is flooded according to the tides, was great fun and very relaxing. We enjoyed our bit of luxury at "Hotel De Kluut", too.
All shades of grey and white: Vlieland in autumn
We decided to end our 20th century in style: we took the high speed train to Geneva, and spent a week exploring this elegant city and its environs. High on our list were the protestant heritage, the museums (amongst others Voltaire's, whose chateau in nearby Ferney we also visited) and the lake. We also made a side trip to Sion and the valley of Evolene.
The church spire of Evolene, well covered in snow

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