RathenowAugust 28, 2016 in Germany
We were glad to keep driving for several hours because it meant we could keep the air conditioning on and combat the 38°C temperature in the sun outside. Those of you who know us may be shocked but we even pulled into a garage and jet washed the van! After 2 months on the road it needed it and the water had the bonus of helping to cool it off.
On first appearance the village riverside stopover seemed a little conflicted. The water fountain, box -cut tree promenade and sparkly new school building seemed at odds with the grafitti, abandoned spirit/legal high bottles and slightly run down, mass low rise apartment blocks. After staying and exploring (on foot and in the canoe) we found Rathenow to be on one of several horseshoe segments of the river and frequented by pleasure cruisers and houseboats (literally a pontoon with an outboard and cabin stuck on top!) Along the river loops were holiday homes ranging from little huts to 3 storey detached houses with grounds that required groundskeepers. The 'at odds' feeling came from the money spent, in what would otherwise be quite a neglected area, by holiday makers and the authorities in their attempts to entice further investment. The canoe quickly saw us go from metal and concrete banks to tree clad countryside and it felt great to be surrounded by water and nature again!
The temperature had mercifully dropped with a thunderstorming cold front. It was only as the wind blew leaves from the trees that we realised that we'd hardly felt a breeze since we came over.
We finished our stay off with a walk in to the village, a browse of a small cooperative art gallery and cakes from the local bakery!Read more