This is my full trip report of my 3 week trip in Europe a couple weeks back that will be broken into a couple posts over the next couple days.
My dad and I flew into Frankfurt Airport on July 29th and boarded a train heading to Halle am Salle to visit my grandparents that live there. On the train ride there, I got 4 lifers, Eurasian Magpie, White Stork, Great Cormorant, and Common Swift. I missed out on a couple of lifers because the train was going too fast for me to get an ID. We arrived at our destination and were greeted by our family. We headed to our hotel room where we unpacked before we headed to the apartment where my grandparents lived. On the short 10 minute walk, I was able to pick up Common Wood-Pigeon and Great Tit as 2 more lifers. We had dinner there, before heading back to the hotel and going to bed. The next morning, we walked over to the apartment to have breakfast, and I spotted 3 Red Kites sailing above us, another lifer. After breakfast, we headed to the local zoo where I saw White Wagtail, Eurasian Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Eurasian Kestrel, and Gray Heron (all lifers) as well as a lot of really cool zoo animals. We headed back to the apartment afterwards, where we relaxed until dinner, and then we went to bed. The following day, we went on an hour long river cruise on the Salle. Afterwards, we walked through a park for another hour and half and then back to the hotel. On this excursion, I picked up Common Chaffinch, Spotted Flycatcher, Gray Wagtail, Eurasian Blue Tit, Common Buzzard, and Common Sandpiper. In the evening, we went to a local lake and I saw an Eurasian Coot, lifer #19 of the trip. The next morning, me, my dad, my mom, and my brother took a train to Passau, a city in Southeast Bavaria where my other grandma lives near. All in all, Halle was a very nice place and it was awesome to see my grandparents after about 2 years of not seeing them.