Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Yes, it is visiting season in Germany. Here I am with my best childhood friend from the small village of Hambach in northern Bavaria. She also reminded me that it had been her idea to post photos of all the beer balcony visitors on this blog.

We looked up the date of my first post on this topic – it was August 2013. This is post # 35.

With my best childhood friend, Bea, from McAllen, Texas

Odds and Ends of London

This is just a medley of different impressions of London.

St. Paul’s Cathedral charges GBP 18 p.p. entrance fee. We passed on that offer with only half an hour to spare before heading to the airport.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Some alleys lead to more interesting and quiet areas such as this courtyard area off of Fleet Street.

The bottom of the sign says: When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life. – Samuel Johnson

Johnson’s Court in London

 

 

Airport Transfer Service between Oberursel and Frankfurt

Over the years, with all our family’s and friends’ comings and goings, we have often used an airport transfer service. The average fee is euro 35, and this includes up to four people (based on our family experience).

For the past three years or so, we had used My Car24. As a matter of fact, we used them just two weeks ago for our round-trip to London. We had always been served well in regards to reliability and good service. And I like booking online, as I get a written confirmation.

But this was tricky last time, when I made our reservation Monday morning, and did not get confirmation by e-mail until late Tuesday evening – for an early Wednesday morning flight.

Since then, at least, they have added this recommendation to their website:

Please allow at least 48 hours  to process your reservation.

Making an airport transfer reservation is usually one of the very last things I remember to do. A more than 48 hour-advance booking does not sit well with me, nor my life-style.

In the meantime, I have reverted to using Kilic for today’s airport transfer. His office still takes reservations the old-fashioned way – by phone. He had also served us very well over the last 15 years or so.

The following list is a compilation of available airport transfer service companies around the area. The top two, Kilic and My Car24, I have used myself. The others are various recommendations by locals.

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Kilic: 06171 287260 (euro 35 for Oberursel – Frankfurt Airport)

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My Car24 Driving Service & Airport Transfer:  (euro 35 for Oberursel – Frankfurt airport)

https://www.mc24h.de/

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Premium Taxi Sascha Lehmann:

http://www.drivedeluxe.de/premium-taxi-oberursel/

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Drive Automobile Taxi (€ 34)

http://www.drivedeluxe.de/

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HB Cars (€30)

http://hbcars.de/leistungen/

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Taxi Kirschall:

http://www.taxikirschall.de/

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Taxi Zuber:

http://www.taxizuber.com

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WE-DRIVE24.COM

http://we-drive24.com/

Chauffeur und Limousinen Dienst – teurer

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Taxi Aladin

http://www.aladin-service.de/

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BB Businessline. Top Service, gepflegte/neue Autos, immer zuverlaessig.

http://www.bb-businessline.de/

 

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

We had just come back from London, and my friend Il Jung and her husband stopped by to see us in Oberursel before heading to London themselves.

Within the past 17 years since she left Oberursel, we had seen each other once, which was on a stopover in Seoul while on my way to Japan in 2012.

We had met back in 1998 through the international school life in Oberursel, when she was only a 9th grader… These days, she is a famous jewelry designer and she’s also wearing one of her creations.

We had a good dinner at the Kronenhof in Bad Homburg, including the obligatory Haxen for Jun Hyuk. The rest of the evening we finished off on the Beer Balcony with many new and old stories to tell, much laughter, and promises to see each other again soon.

Well, I do plan on going to a friend’s wedding in Seoul in a few years’ time.

Il Jung Lee and Jun Hyuk from Seoul

If you are interested in Il Jung’s creations, see:

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The Punch Tavern on Fleet Street in London

For the first time ever, we decided not to stay in a hotel, but a rental apartment while in London. We chose a good location on Fleet Street to make it walking distance to LSE for our travel purpose.

The frame above the door features the character Punch. Too bad I had just seen one like it, but with a white mask! There he was in broad daylight in a car near Fleet Street… He reminded me of one of the murder cases in the detective show Elementary which we like to watch.

Punch Tavern ceiling

The Punch Tavern features 70 different types of Gin. I tried the London Dry, Beefeater, and Bombay Sapphire. I’ve done my share. It took me two nights to down three of them.

London Dry

This was their vegetarian version of the Caesar Salad. My husband enjoyed his Shepherd’s Pie.

I opted for the Punch Baby breakfast, which was enough. At least, I got the beans and sausage with it.

Punch Baby Breakfast

The rental place above the Punch Tavern is in a good location. It was clean and comfortable. There are four windows in the apartment, but they only point to grey walls of more holes in the wall. But we weren’t there for the view anyway. I would stay there again.

While there, we also realized why we had to leave a GBP 500 safety deposit. Now we know, but this will be our secret. 🙂 The deposit was returned to us in full right away. We had been good.