Relexa Hotel Airport Dusseldorf-Ratingen
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... handcraft stalls, where goods are still produced in the traditional way. Lisa and I bought some hand-painted glass Christmas decorations from one of the booths. Many of the vendors were actually making the crafts at the booth, including the candy cane makers, who were rolling giant balls of sugar dough into candy canes. There were also booths of chocolate, cheese, and bratwurst.
After that, we walked down Hohe Strasse, the pedestrian shopping street. ...
... the Rudolfplatz xmas markets.. every xmas market has it's own theme, in it's decor, foods etc.. all distinctively different so one never tires looking at more & more xmas , foods, sights etc.
Being "zero"!! degrees at 12 noon, and a light snow falling !!.. a visit into some of the surrounding department stores to warm up and thaw out is required. Good old Starbucks saves the day many times.. Brisk walking is the ...
... cynic like me can feel the spirit of Christmas percolating in the air as I sip mulled wine in the frosty evening whilst choirs singing carols echo in the distance and children skate in the ice rink.
This year I'm in Düsseldorf, the metropolis on the Rhein that is home to 600,000 (including the largest Japanese population – 11,000 – in Germany. Why they have chosen here rather than, say, Frankfurt or Munich is still unsolved ...
... and rolls.
As anyone who has been to Europe wouldl know, the bakeries here are absolutely magnificant. They are also out of the question for Del, so lots of willpower is essential. One of the positives is that chocolate is generally okay - yeah! So is the old European staple- Nutella - but not on a crepe or a waffle!
Seriously, the upside is that Del will feel heaps better and there is ...
... Therefore, no taxi needed. We donned our various bags and backpacks and headed for the hotel, not taking into account the size of the underground station. This proved to be a mistake as we went out the wrong exit and headed away from the direction we should have been going in. Okay, no big deal until the laces on my new hiking boots got caught up and I got a close up view of those cobblestone paths I so love! Yes, I fell over and have a skinned knee ...
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