The festivities made us forget the shortcomings of our accommodation…
The bride and groom provided us with a welcome / care package for the evening and morning after:
We made them a fish bowl as a gift:
The bride’s cousin made the cake and drove it to the venue all the way from England (through the tunnel):
And I learned that there is such a thing as the perfect wedding cake cutter:
All the best for the happy couple!
We are spending the weekend in a little small town, somewhere between Hamburg and Bremen, for a friend’s wedding. After a four hour drive in the rain we arrived looking forward to a cozy country place, but we got ducks on the wall and cracks in the tiles.
We were also denied the possibility to drown our slight disappointment in beer or schnapps by the bar being a smokers’ bar – even checking in at the counter left a lasting impression on our clothes. Oh, and guess what: out of the three rooms on the one booking, they only wrote down two into their book. But we were lucky, they had a spare room they were willing to give us – it’s in a different building, but hey, it’s a room.
But I am not complaining, the wifi works.
Hang in there, folks…
The Ruhrgebiet, Germany’s former hotspot for coal mining and heavy steel industry, is not primarily known for its lovely green landscape. Nevertheless, we had a weekend planned here with friends to go hiking.
The whole area has changed a lot in recent years. Most of the mines have been closed down, many sites today have been converted into museums, event locations, restaurants, cultural centers etc. and there’s a surprising amount of green around.
We trekked along the old “Leinpfad”, the pathway where once the boats loaded with coal were pulled down the Ruhr river, from the town of Hattingen to the city of Essen.
Starting out from the train station in Hattingen.
Following the river we were surrounded by green fields.
All along the way old buildings, bridges, chimneys, and locks bore witness to the areas past.
Beautiful vistas and the old mile stones counting our progress, while the wildlife kept their distance or defended their territory.
Third and final rest.
And finally the tram to take us all the way back into the town center of Essen ca 14km later.