Speyer and the Technik Museum

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first look at the car
I got my car at about 10am this morning, 
for a small car it was half as wide
again as my vitara and from my seat I
can’t see right side or the bonnet.
This was quite scary as Frankfurt has
many tiny single lane streets that I
had to try and navigate because as
usual I had no idea where the hell I
was going and got lost. It took me
an hour to get out of the city (not
easy when you can’t read german) and
then I ended up on a bridge above
autobahn 5 which is the one I wanted.
It took me another 15 minutes to find the entrance to the autobahn.

I intended to stay on the right side of the autobahn and take it easy on
my first time out on it. I couldn’t help myself and my average speed on
the autobahn was 160km/h, the maximum I got upto was 180km/h.
clearly i'm not driving here

I would have liked to have done more
but the car couldn’t go any faster,
as it was it was at nearly 6000rpm
in 5th gear.
Flying along the autobahn I forgot
which exit I needed to take and ended
up 100km further south than I intended.
I pulled into a petrol station and with
some bad german and some pointing I got
directions on how to get to speyer. I
finally got to speyer at 2:30pm which
is ages when you consider speyer is
only 2 hours away from Frankfurt
(driving aussie legal speeds).

In Speyer I went to my hotel, checked in and dumped my stuff in my room.
I then walked to the technik museum which was only 2km away. This place
is an aviation dreamland. Apart from the main indoor area filled with cars
and trucks and planes, there is a massive outdoor section.
The outdoor section has many planes
and helicopters that are put up on
pillers and have stairs going up so
you can go inside.
infront of the 747 at Speyer
One of the first
planes I went inside I met Tony and
Maxine. It was funny because I was
speaking german to him and he was
speaking german to me until we
realized we were both aussies. We
decided to go around together as its
nice to speak English to people and
this was we could go on the other
aircraft together. This was cool as
Maxine ended up taking most of the
photos of me infront and in the aircraft.

After the boeing 747-200 (definitely the main attraction), Tony and Maxine
had tickets for an IMAX movie and they went to that. I used this time to go
on the submarine, the antonov 22 cargo prop and many helicopters.

After the movie we had a drink and a feed, Tony was kind enough to shout me
a beer and a couple of Bratwurst sausages (damn tasty I must say).
Part of this outdoor sitting area had
a few rides and things.
under the 747
I went on a
ride called the Titanic. Cost me 1
euro, once you go through the gate you
sit on a small boat and strap in. then
you pull on a chain and are hoisted up
backwards on a ramp. Once the top is
reached the boat is let go and the
thing goes flying down the ramp and
lands in the middle of the pool.
Wicked fun! Tony shot some footage
of me with my video camera.

After this we all went to the main hall
of the museum and looked around.

At 7pm when the park had closed we went and saw an IMAX film next door that
was about hurricane Katrina, so much destruction there it was very amazing
to see. I hadn’t been to an IMAX movie in years and forgot about how you feel
like you are part of the film.
When the movie was over we exchanged
email addresses and we parted ways.
I then went for a walk around Speyer
which was cool as its an amazing town.
enjoying the food

So old and even the main street has a
massive church and cobbled roads.

Its been a long day so I’m going to call
it a night. My plan for tomorrow is to
get up early, check out of my hotel and
drive to sinsheim (45km away). At
Sinsheim they have a similar setup of a
museum but this time the concorde is the
main attraction. From Sinsheim I am
going to drive back to Frankfurt hopefully not taking as long this time.
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first look at the car
first look at the car
clearly im not driving here
clearly i'm not driving here
infront of the 747 at Speyer
infront of the 747 at Speyer
under the 747
under the 747
enjoying the food
enjoying the food
driving shot
driving shot
car parked on the autobahn 5
car parked on the autobahn 5
merge sign (something germans can…
merge sign (something germans can…
waiting to merge
waiting to merge
petrol station i ended up at
petrol station i ended up at
first look at speyer
first look at speyer
my room in Speyer
my room in Speyer
inside an Illysion
inside an Illysion
nice engine
nice engine
Tony playing with a propeller
Tony playing with a propeller
Maxine and Tony
Maxine and Tony
747 information sign
747 information sign
747 engines
747 engines
looking onto the wing
looking onto the wing
looking back to the 747 from the w…
looking back to the 747 from the …
i couldnt walk there
i couldn't walk there
standing outside the 747
standing outside the 747
Tony and I at the wingtip
Tony and I at the wingtip
747 cagro hold
747 cagro hold
im in the cargo hold
i'm in the cargo hold
the bulkhead
the bulkhead
view from a 747 window
view from a 747 window
Atnonov An 22
Atnonov An 22
An-22 propeller
An-22 propeller
cargo hold of the Antonov
cargo hold of the Antonov
view from the An 22
view from the An 22
menu
menu
Tony and Maxine at lunch
Tony and Maxine at lunch
the Titanic ride
the Titanic ride
Dc 3
Dc 3
airport shot
airport shot
u boat
u boat
infront of a u-boat
infront of a u-boat
u9 :)
u9 :)
going down into the sub
going down into the sub
inside the sub
inside the sub
torpedo tubes
torpedo tubes
walkway in Sub
walkway in Sub
infront of an Antonov 2
infront of an Antonov 2
Titanic ride again
Titanic ride again
Hind, similar to one used in firef…
Hind, similar to one used in fire…
F-104 starfighter
F-104 starfighter
inside the museum
inside the museum
cool mini
cool mini
wright brothers plane
wright brothers plane
awesome view in Speyer
awesome view in Speyer
nice balloon
nice balloon
Speyer church
Speyer church
cool street
cool street
Speyer
photo by: snowrice