Northern Europe Trip 2003
UK, France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands

The Waller Family is originally from Stade, Germany, which is up on the very northern coast, west of Denmark. Stade is a port on the river Elbe. This area of Germany is very flat, and Stade was a powerful, walled merchant town for centuries until Hamburg gained the upper hand. In Nov-Dec 2003, I went out to Stade with Bob and my sister and Dad to do genealogy research. We took the "long way" there and back from London to visit other towns along the way.



Here are the notes of our travel, and you can see on the above map where we went! We pretty much lived on plastic the entire time. We never bothered to get English pounds - all purchases made in the UK were made with plastic. We got maybe 50 euros in Europe and then had to deliberately use them at a restaurant on our last day to get rid of them. The only real need for local currency was 15 euro in coins for parking in Amsterdam :)

DAY 1: THURSDAY NOV 27:
Land 6:20am - London, England.
Cross the Chunnel to Calais France at noon
End up in Brussels, Belgium

DAY 2: FRIDAY NOV 28:
Wake up in Brussels and explore.
Drive 5 hrs to Stade, Germany, sleep there.

DAY 3: SATURDAY NOV 29:
Wake up in Stade, explore area
Sleep in Bremen, Germany.

DAY 4: SUNDAY NOV 30:
Wake up in Bremen
Drive 4 hrs to Amsterdam, Holland, sleep there.

DAY 5: MONDAY DEC 1:
Wake up in Amsterdam
Drive to Calais, France - Take Channel Tunnel back to England
Drive 1/2 hr to Canterbury, sleep there

DAY 6: TUESDAY DEC 2:
Wake up in Canterbury
Drive around London
Plane leaves at 5:55pm for home

Fun SmartCar Photos
General European Travel Notes and Hints

Lisa's Travelogue Pages