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Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:02 pm
by The Great Zo
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CONTENTS:
Day 0: A Canadian Departure (Page 1)
Day 1: Stormed in Maastricht, Screwed in Belgium (Page 1)
Day 2: Luxembourg from Top to Bottom (Page 2)
Day 3: Dunes, Dams, and Depraved Santas (Page 3)
Day 4: The Deer of Den Haag, the Minions of Leiden (coming soon...)
Day 5: Old Birds and New Turbines (coming soon...)
Day 6: Bobbejaanland (coming soon...)

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In July and August of 2019, I joined TPR on a big huge trip across Europe. You've probably already read some stories from our journeys, in TRs by Chuck, Larry, A.J., and Erik. Now, better late than never, I might as well get started on my own.

This might have been my most complicated vacation ever -- 12 countries, 12 theme parks, 9 flights, 4 currencies, and 2 rental cars, all on a continent that isn't my own. And yet, those are the things that made the trip such an experience. I travel around the US a lot and frequently go to out-of-the-way destinations, and my biggest goal for this Europe trip was to do the same thing overseas. Sure, I visited Amsterdam, Helsinki, and Munich, but I also visited St. Vith, Vlissingen, Sigmaringen and Soelden. Never heard of those places? You'll learn about them in this thread, eventually. I wouldn't be surprised if it takes me a year or two to finish this TR, but this is my big project now, regardless of any 2020 travel -- so I'll get there at some point.

I organized the trip so that I'd have multiple days to do my own travel both before and after the official TPR trip. So, it will be a few updates before I get to any theme park content, which will begin with Day 6 at Bobbejaanland. Oh, and since I never did a TR or posted any pictures from the 2016 TPR Europe trip, I might just find an excuse to include some of the best of those in here too.

That's enough of an intro. Onward to the misadventures.

Day 0

PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:02 pm
by The Great Zo
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Day 0: A Canadian Departure


Booking round-trip airfare across the Atlantic is a tricky thing when you're flying in and out of two different airports, and those two airports are hubs for members of different airline alliances. I was heading into Amsterdam at the start of the trip, which is a hub for KLM and its SkyTeam partners. I was departing from Munich at the end, which is a hub for Lufthansa and Star Alliance. To keep costs down, I'd have to book flights on the same alliance on both legs -- but which to choose? Ultimately, Star Alliance made the most sense, which enabled me to take Lufthansa and United on the way home from Germany. That left me with just one good option for the first leg of the trip -- an Air Canada flight from Toronto to Amsterdam.

I'll spare you all the awful story of spending hours on hold with United because they were too stupid to actually send my reservation number to Air Canada, resulting in my tickets being cancelled over and over again. Almost a year since that debacle, I still haven't forgiven United for it.

On to the pics for this time-change-shortened day in the air.

Day 1

PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:02 pm
by The Great Zo
Friday, July 12, 2019
Day 1: Stormed in Maastricht, Screwed in Belgium


What better to do upon arrival in Europe, having just lost 6 hours on an overnight time change, and exhausted anyway coming off a set of midnight shifts? How about renting a car and immediately driving two hours south on an unfamiliar road system in bad weather?

The first day of travel brought me to Limburg, the southeastern-most of the 12 provinces of the Netherlands. I visited the provincial capital of Maastricht, before turning my attention to some Dutch and Belgian geographic points of interest. It quickly became one of the weirdest travel days I've experienced, but I'll let the photo captions tell the story.

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:27 am
by ytterbiumanalyst
Oh man, that's a really eventful day. Sucks to have car repairs immediately, but at least it wasn't too much. Walking around a European old city is pretty much the best thing ever.

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:16 am
by jedimaster1227
Great start to this report (save for the tire repairs) Andy! Can't wait to see more!

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:01 am
by bert425
as I learned from the popularity of the poop emoji plushes. . "s#!t" does seem to be a universal word :)

glad you were able to get help on the tire!
(you're a far braver man than I.. I don't think I'd drive alone when in a foreign Country).

fantastic pics, just as beautiful - even the small things, like the booksellers - as I would have imagined anywhere in Europe to be.

great start, and thanks for sharing, Andy.

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:37 am
by SharkTums
I've been waiting for this report! Great start!

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:53 pm
by DBru
Lolol totally forgot about the double tire-puncture. Classic.

Great pics Andy! I love the aesthetic of storm clouds rolling over really old cities. Feels so European. Also love how much size apparently matters in Belgium. Can’t wait for more!

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:40 pm
by PKI Jizzman
Andy you shouldn't have car issues after saving me with your car! Looking forward to all of your photos!

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:51 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! Europeans really do love the English swears. :lol: