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Published: September 25th 2014
Dusseldorf Germany 23 September 2014
After arriving in Dusseldorf at about 6.00pm at a camp site that was on the banks of Lake Unterbacher. Before dinner, we went for a walk along the banks of the lake. We noted there were a lot of permanent caravans in the camp grounds, many of whom had developed their little front gardens with flowers, Bar-B-Qs, deck chairs etc. In the evening, we saw several fairy-light trees lit up.
The next morning we drove into Dusseldorf and found a park about 5 tram-stops from the Old Town. We met 2 couples from New York, one of whom guided us on which stop to get off. This couple were actually living in Dusseldorf as he was a German. The 2 couples had been neighbours 42 years ago in New York and had stayed in touch over the years.
We walked along the banks of the Rhine River. Even though it had rained over night, the sun was now out and the air was a little crisp but not too bad. The previous week had been full of stormy weather, so again, we have been so lucky with the weather.
We came across
a glass cabinet along the river bank and realised it was a book exchange facility. What a great idea we thought. The few moments we stood in front of the book exchange, about 5 people used it.
We then walked through the long path which was lined with restaurants, all of which were well attended...and it was mid morning.
We notices a lot of advertising and a massive marquee for the Dusseldorf Festival which was to be held the next weekend. Dusseldorf is known for its past heavy industry role in the German history. it is now a city renewed through a technological revolution, and service industry. The Rhine River continues to be a transport centre. We saw numerous long barges, laden with produce and minerals of some sort.
Dusseldorf also has many churches and cathedrals. Its Town Hall is beautiful as is the Marketplatz, Bergplatz and Carlplatz. All of these were lined with cafes with many people enjoying the sunshine out of the wind. We found a little restaurant to shelter from the cold breeze and had soup in big bread rolls....very warming!
It was lovely wandering around the Old Town. These old towns have
so much character. We sampled some of the pastries and strudels that a shop had on offer. We also had a tourist booklet that described some of the architecture of some of the old and new buildings, so we wandered around to see some of these. The contrast between the old and new was striking as you will see from the photos. I wanted to see the stage area of the Opera House as the photos were striking but they would not allow it.
There was a big, wide set of stairs in front of the Rhine River and many people were sitting on the steps.
We then found our way back to the motor home at about 3.30pm and headed north for Duisburg.
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