1. A distant relative from Germany came to Australia for a look.

    I gave her the 10-cent guided tour of the South West corner in 4 days.

    Here are some of the pictures in a slide-show. Turn down the audio if you don't like the background music.

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  2. The Autobahn pre-wash cycle begins in Remagen at about 9 a.m.

    Then the heavy wash cycle comes in as we drive past Limburg and Bad Camberg, heading past Frankfurt.

    A drying cycle starts as we pass Würzburg, approaching Munich often at drying speeds of between 130 and 190 km/h. After crossing the Danube, we spin around Munich itself and head past the beer fields towards our next base in Grafing, arriving before 5 p.m.

    After settling in, the washing machine starts up again with noisy mechanical agitation on the parked car.

    Next time, I'll take along some suds for a proper wash.

    The video was shot in June, 2007.

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  3. We have an appointment for lunch with relatives in Krefeld. It's just a "quick" drive along the Autobahn; not the shortest way but the quicker one that goes around Cologne. No sense in us tourists holding up the workers in traffic.

    As is normal in spring, there are roadworks, but they're interesting enough not to be annoying.

    After a nice, home-cooked lunch and afternoon coffee, we reverse our course to Remagen. The weather is still kind and it's a scenic, relaxing drive. A minor snag in traffic occurs because somebody hotted up their car too much.

    Still plenty of light left so the camera operator takes some pot-shots around the town centre of Remagen and across the Rhine; while we wait for some visitors.

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  4. Time to move on to our next base in Remagen, on the Rhine near Cologne.

    We leave our digs in Herne and head to Cologne (Köln) for some shiny-object shopping. The Autobahn route is far from boring with roadworks and unworks along the way, as well as a bit of a messy crash holding up traffic in the opposite direction. Weather is tolerable; not sunny, but dry.

    Herr Werner TomTom is our electronic navigator and the camera-operator is doubling as blonde navigator through the maze of Cologne's streets. Eventually, we get to Saturn.

    Blinged-up, we continue our journey via Bonn, eventually following the scenic highway on the western shore of the Rhine to Remagen. We do about 2 laps of the town before finding our residence and base of operations on the Rhine

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  5. We move on to our next base in the Ruhr region of Germany, to the city of Herne, just North of Bochum.

    On our way from Schlangen, we drop in for a coffee with some friends in Elsen, a suburb of Paderborn.

    The video shows a few local roads and a fair bit of Autobahn, including some obligatory seconds of suspense, as we "just" make it to a fuel stop; with barely 30 (to 100) km worth of fuel left in the tank. After putting some juice in the tank, we set off and spot what could be drilling for oil on an overpass. I could be wrong about that.

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