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Reviewing the Madrid Confessions

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Regular listeners of The Monday Podcast may remember that I visited Madrid last year to take part in the Great Madrid Escape, an event organised by Ben Curtis and Marina Diez from

Last week Ben released an audio book: “The Madrid Confessions”, telling the story of different parts of his life after arriving in Spain up until the present day.

I was lucky enough to pick up an early tweet about the book and download it early.  I’ve reviewed it in this week’s podcast:

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Notes From Spain: The Madrid Confessions

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Aussichtsturm Ellerhöhe

Monday, May 11th, 2009
Aussichtsturm Ellerhöhe

Aussichtsturm Ellerhöhe

Hidden away on the northern side of Bad Homburg is a viewing platform called the Aussichtsturm Ellerhöhe.

It was originally built in 1873, re-built in 1889 and extended in 1901.  The top of it is approximately 200m above sea level.

Although the tower itself is only about 16m tall, it does offer a view across the town of Bad Homburg to Oberursel, and even as far as Frankfurt.

In fact, many local people do not even know that it is there!

View towards Frankfurt

View towards Frankfurt

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Größere Kartenansicht

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Frankfurt-Eschborn Cityloop

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Each year on 1st May (Maifeiertag) the main road out of Oberursel is closed off for a cycle race which this year was re-named as the “Frankfurt-Eschborn Cityloop”.  This means that for anything up to 2 hours we are unable to get out of our road.  Even the U-Bahn stops running!



The answer, of course, is to either get out early or to stay and watch the race – and the drivers arguing with the police that they need to go somewhere.



My daughter and I opted for the 2nd option this year.  To find out more, listen to the podcast:

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