A Travellerspoint blog

Schalke 04

Part 1

We were up about the same time I get up for work and out of the house about 0820 and by 0840 I had secured my first coffee of the day.

Me and Neill - pair of scruffs

Me and Neill - pair of scruffs

As usual the shuttle was late leaving by about 10 minutes. First stop Auchun to fill the tank. Diesel is much cheaper in France at €1.348 a litre rather that £1.45. At the current exchange rate that makes it about £1.15!!! A considerable saving. An £80 tank was about £60 instead.

The first problem was TomTom failed. No map of Germany. With no paper map we had to follow our noses.

Having been this way before I knew the route and occasionally used the Skrobbler app on my phone to check when we were nearby.

We had a coffee break about 1.30pm and arrived at about 4.15pm at the hotel.

Hotel Arena

Hotel Arena

The room is small but clean and cheap!

Once checked in we set off for the Stadium to see where to go in daylight.

Veltins Arena

Veltins Arena

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The bratwurst and beer stands had barely opened and so we ended up in Burger King by the hotel.

Bratwurst Free Zone!

Bratwurst Free Zone!

How much curry sauce is needed?

How much curry sauce is needed?

Now back in the hotel with two hours to kick off. Need a beer and after the game I need a sausage!

Part 2

After a feast at BK, we went back into the hotel and changed into our football gear.

Me a little blurry

Me a little blurry

Blured Neill

Blured Neill

Once at the stadium getting in was very easy and we found ourselves in Block 65 along with the home supporters. The fact that we weren't segregated actually went off very well and there was none of the expected and customary trouble.

The game was a disappointment ending 2-2 after we had been 2-0 up.

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All the pictures are blurred. The lesson learned was never take an iPhone 3S with you when a camera will do the job better - this was in 2012 remember.

I took this video on my phone of the "community signing" before the kick off. Most of the songs to rouse their crowd were like this - http://youtu.be/9ZuWfryxUVo

Part Final

On the way home we planned a shopping trip in Auchun and to fill the car with diesel, so we were up and at breakfast by 8.30am and off on the road. A stop in Lidl revealed no different makes of beer so we bought eistee and then were off again back tracking along the autobahns towards Holland.

As we approached the border we couldn't help notice this sign for a town with a humorous name....

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Once in Belgium we had a stop for a coffee and a leg stretch at the E17 stop and decided that we would go straight to Auchun and shop, then lunch then fuel and back to the Shuttle.

Shopping included some beers we had never tried before, plus cheese, cassoulet and chocolate. For those times when people drop round a 5 litre cask of wine, rose, was also dropped in the cart.

Some beers

Some beers

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When we put fuel in at Auchun it worked out that for 518 miles we had used 10.5 galls (imp)...... around 49mpg.... Had we gone on the bikes it would have been about the same each!

Posted by InvictaMoto 15:22 Archived in Germany Comments (0)

Starting Post

I have been to Germany on quite a few occasions and many of them are either on the way to somewhere else - Czech or Austria - or in the age before digital cameras and blogs. Even before the internet became a reality for the common man*

So the posts that appear here have been saved from defunct blogging and "free" web hosting sites like Prohosting, Geocities, Travelpod etc, plus will have new ones added as they happen.

Best Wishes.

Paul

  • man - replace with whatever gender you want to be recognised as.

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