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The Spanish Fly is a nom de plume of Paul Whitelock who first visited Spain at the age of 20. Now more than 50 years later, he has been to most parts of the country, including nine of the 12 islands. He has owned property in Andalucia since 2001 and has lived in the region for the last 15 years. This blog is a Travelogue about some of the places he has visited.

Christmas Tour of Deutschland Part 1 - From Malaga to Hamburg, Uetersen and Dresden
Sunday, December 17, 2023 @ 8:04 PM

The Spanish Fly likes to travel. For the end of the year, he went with the Hausfrau to Germany for Christmas and New Year 2023/2024. They went by car to Málaga airport for their late afternoon flight to Hamburg, the Hanseatic port in North Germany. On arrival, a pleasant surprise was waiting …..


 Ronda to Málaga 

We debated whether to try and do the whole trip using public transport, but in the end it was going to be too complicated, so I booked a parking spot at the airport, we loaded up the car and off we went. The trip down to the airport in Málaga was a joy. The weather was bright and sunny and, although there was a surprising amount of traffic for a Saturday, we got there in good time, gave up the car, passed through baggage drop-off and went through security to our departure gate.




                                    Photo: The Olive Press


Málaga to Hamburg to Uetersen

Although the flight to Hamburg was more than four hours, it passed relatively quickly. Rita got into conversation with a German lady who had just spent a while in eastern Andalucía, and I chatted with a very pleasant 19-year-old from Peru. Marcela had just spent a year studying in Hamburg and was on the way back there after a short break in Spain.


As we exited the EU channel in Hamburg airport, we discovered our surprise. Jojo, Rita’s younger son was there to pick us up. That was unexpected, as he lives over three hours away. But there he was. He even had a chilled can of beer for me. My favourite nephew!

He drove us to Uetersen where we were going to stay with Rita’s older sister Birgid and husband Uwe. Jojo stayed the night also, and we had an enjoyable Sunday in Schleswig-Holstein.














                  Breakfast at Birgid's (Photo: The Spanish Fly)


Uetersen to Dresden

We made an early start as we needed around five hours plus time for breakfast to get to the state capital of Saxony, the elegant city which was bombed to bits by the Allies at the end of the Second World War.

Post-war Dresden was reconstructed as it had been previously and now rates as one of the most beautiful cities in the former East Germany.

I couldn’t wait ….







                                  Map courtesy of Bikemap


To be continued .....

To read about what happened next, look out for Christmas Tour of Deutschland Part 2 - coming soon.



© The Spanish Fly


Tags: Bikemap, Birgid, Christmas Tour of Deutschland, Dresden, Hamburg, Jojo, Malaga, Malaga airport, Olive Press. pinterest, The Spanish Fly, Uetersen, Uwe


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TullowBarbara said:
Saturday, December 23, 2023 @ 11:08 PM

Can’t wait for the next episode!

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