Mercure Hotel Plaza Essen
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... 1877 to 1883. The 38 metre high monument commemorates the Franco-German War of 1870-71 and the reestablishment of the German Empire. It was the basis of modern tourism - first with a rack railway in 1884; and this was replaced by the cable car in 1954.
Then we wandered through the forest, on a dirt narrow road, before arriving at the Seilbahn chairlift. [We took the shorter route when the sign gave an option - one way another 10 ...
... up to the counter, the agent was such a charmer (NOT). Oh well, c'est la vie. Now we are in the lounge at our gate, waiting to board. The time went by so quickly. And the strange thing is that it did not feel like we were in foreign cities- it felt normal. I just can't explain, but the trip has been lovely. We have been very fortunate throughout and treasure every experience and memory!! It is 9 pm. Not sure if we will make it home today... We got to Newark on ...
... by someone!
We await the damage report from Judith or Friso. Are we a jinx or what?
Our two visits were Mungsterbrucke which is the highest railway viaduct in Germany and, more importantly there is now a very pleasant park area underneath it.
We were also told that we would be taken to meet some even older people than us (is that supposed to make us feel better?) This turned out to be the ...
This morning berthed at the side of the Rhine close to Cologne Cathedral. Had a look round it and then just wandered about the streets. Off to lunch now. While we are at lunch the boat is having to move to the other bank of the river. From there we are getting a city tour. Not much view through our porthole at our morning berth. Lol. Went on the city tour. Quite interesting. Didn't bother with more sightseeing ...
... for his grandpa.
I feel so fortunate that I was even invited! I mean, a family
event is a family event.
We got there, and although 'eine' and 'kinder' were two of
the only words I understood, it was wonderful being
I got to see ...