Marnix Bed & Breakfast
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... more bike mishaps – unknowing tourists are constantly walking out in front of bikes! Today I witnessed my first bike *crash*. This Mom and her 5 year old daughter wiped out on the wet cobbles and got their tire caught in the tram tracks and down they went. Ouch! Many people ran to help them, myself included…they were ok despite the little girl’s tears.
Lots going on ...
... in the country.
After lunch, we headed into the center of the city, walking down Rue de l'Etuve, passing the Tintin mural on Brussels' Comic Book Route (a series of murals celebrating the country's most famous four-color exports) and stopping for a moment at Mannekin Pis, the most inexplicably popular attraction in town. Exactly what it sounds like, the small, elevated statue depicts a young boy peeing.
Next, we walked to the Grand Place, ...
... for some kind of concert, maybe the next day. At 6 PM, the museum closed and we were admitted for our own time there with dinner to follow. The museum was very well done and much of it (including a couple of films) were in English. The dinner afterwards was wonderful and we sat with a couple who live in Manhattan as well as a couple from Georgia. Got back to the ship at around 10:30.
... I booked our hotel online. Easy. Except that it wasn't in the centre of Offenburg, but up the hill, on the edges of the black forest, among the vines. Fortunately, we were able to catch a bus. A long bus ride. But worth it!. The view of the Rhine valley to the west, from the vineyards was spectacular. Lucky we didn't have to walk. And also fortunate that there was a nearby restaurant, serving local Fessenbach wines, beer and too much ...
... between them as there usually is here.
Probably the strangest detail I noticed was that the people in the city walked at a regular pace (regular, of course, referring to our fast American pace). I have plenty experience as a tour guide for Italian students and getting them to walk faster than a crawl is usually our biggest issue. The people of Brussels also dressed pretty trendy and I saw a lot of modern fashion as I would wear.
Although the ...