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Regierungsbezirk Düsseldorf

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  • Day12

    Brüssel

    September 5 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Heute verabschiedeten wir uns von Frankreich. Schön war es! Ein sehr vielfältiges und abwechslungsreiches Land mit vielen kulinarischen Leckereien. 😉 Und auf ins Land der guten Biere (nicht Deutschland 😉) und Waffeln- Belgien 🇧🇪 ! Als Zwischenstopp hatten wir Brüssel eingeplant, wo wir dann auch nach gut 4,5 Stunden Fahrt ankamen. Unsere Unterkunft lag direkt im Zentrum und so waren wir direkt im Trubel. Wir hatten ziemlich großen Hunger und so bestellten wir uns beide eine große Tüte belgischer Pommes - wahrscheinlich die besten von ganz Brüssel. Zum Essen setzten wir uns auf den Grand Place. Ein sehr schöner Platz, der rundherum mit beeindruckenden Gebäuden (Rathaus, Hotel, Banken) umgeben ist. Mitten auf dem Platz waren viele kleine Zelte aufgebaut- für das Bier-Wochenende! Wir bedauerten sehr, dass wir morgen schon wieder weitermüssen. Dafür gönnten wir uns dann erstmal ein belgisches Bier und gingen danach in einen ziemlich hippen Laden- Brew Dog. Die kommen eigentlich aus Schottland und machen ziemlich leckeres Craft-Beer, was wir direkt probierten. Zum Abschluss landeten wir in einer alten urigen Kneipe und ließen uns verschiedene belgische Biere schmecken. Auf dem Heimweg gingen wir noch an einer belgischen Sehenswürdigkeiten- Manneken Pis (eine trollige Figur eines pinkelnden Junge) vorbei und genossen noch eine belgische Waffel mit Erdbeeren und Schokolade und hatten so das kulinarische Trio von Belgien komplett. 😉😋Read more

  • Day1045

    Landschaftspark-Duisburg-Nord, Germany

    May 7 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Age worn industrial infrastructure dominates the skyline. Rusted railway tracks lie disused infront of us, small shrubs growing between their sleepers. A utilitarian network of latticed metal transport and loading frames tower tens of metres above our chosen spot in a large gravel car park.

    We left Belgium this afternoon, made our way through The Netherlands and arrived at Landschaftspark (landscape park) in the Ruhr valley, Germany's industrial heartland. The park was created on the site of an old iron works, leaving the vast majority of machinery and buildings intact. The public has free access and the hundreds of cars here show how much it is appreciated.

    After a cuppa we began our exploration, heading first towards a viewpoint atop a mound at the northern end of the site. Older teenagers hung around in goups of 5 or 6 with their 'boy racer' cars and old black BMWs, bass beats blasting from the stereo systems. A corrugated roof covered rows of concrete walls, providing a wonderful canvas for graffiti artists. The hard sand skate and bmx track beside it meant it was a popular hangout for younger teenagers, but later a large mixed age group came with equipment to use the climbing wall here.

    Crossing back over the vast parking area we headed to the south end of the park where the main infrastructure lay. Several large warehouses here are venues for performances, art exhibitions and events (we were disappointed to miss the upcoming street food festival)! What really drew our eyes though were the enormous metal furnaces and brick towers. We hadn't researched the park before arriving so we were in awe that these structures had been left open to the public. Wandering towards a marked viewpoint, we felt a thrill of excitement when we realised there was a staircase leading up the side of Blast Furnace 5. When we began climbing we didn't realise quite how far it reached, but countless steps later we were standing 70m up on a viewing platform, surveying the other furnaces, coal bunkers and chimneys from a completely different perspective. The climb allowed you to get up close and personal with the rusted steel shell of the furnace and information boards described the purposes of various pipes and hoppers, but we didn't linger at these, preferring to look around with wonder and imagine what it must have been like when the plant was fully operational. Will used to work in a foundry, so has some idea of how hot, noisy and dangerous it would have been.

    The Landschaftspark had so much to offer, there were wild meadows, gardens inside old bunkers and each weekend sees a lightshow illuminating the loading bridges, buildings, chimneys and furnaces. There was even a motorhome service point! We'd definitely choose to stay at this unique and intriguing site again, but we'd arrived late in the afternoon and our heads felt full from taking in the scale of it all and the following day we felt the need to travel a little further towards Lithuania.
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  • Day32

    How I met your mother

    September 21, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    So we set out from Hilden and headed back in to Dusseldorf.
    Nice cool morning... I rode today with a broken spoke (another one) and we just did a work around to keep wheel ok.

    Morning highlight was when Ilona forgot about her panniers and took on a light pole. The light pole won and one of her pannier clips snapped. So while we were in the middle of a road on a traffic island trying to work out how we could temporarily secure it, an older German lady started chatting with Illy. I don't know heaps of German so just smiled nicely.... until I did catch a phrase I could understand which was the lady asking Illy if I am her mum... (So clearly I am aging well)...Read more

  • Day40

    At the extra factory in germany

    August 5, 2018 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 73 °F

    7 hour drive to visit the extra factory and pick up some parts. Really pretty country , very nice hotel , the aero club bunks will b even harder when we get back and this air conditioning will spoil an old guy. These are pictures as we made the trip across.

  • Day784

    Lobberich stellplatz

    August 19, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We've chosen the corner pitch out of the three provided at Lobberich stellplatz. Leafy trees on two sides give us a little privacy but the large billboard behind us makes sure we don't mistake it for a countryside setting. Saying this, the quiet residential estate has little passing traffic and has has an urban park with a small lake beside it.

    It was another long journey today but we are getting closer to Dunkirk, as evidenced by the increasing number of British cars passing us on the motorway. Will was pleased to get out in the canoe for a short time while Vicky got stuck into her latest knitting project and got creative in the kitchen too, preparing courgette and sweetcorn pancakes for tea!
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  • Day15

    Dusseldorf, Germany

    September 17, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    Not much to report here. We spent a night in Dusseldorf and we weren't really impressed by the city. We did learn though that the drinking age in Germany is 16 years old and that there aren't any laws prohibiting public drinking. Those two combinations above left us thinking Dusseldorf was a pretty interesting place once the sun set. We also noticed a lot of middle eastern people in the city which was probably due to the German intake of refuges in the past year or two. Not too much of an identity to this city, but we'll cross it off the list. We did however have our first authentic German meal at one of the local breweries.Read more

  • Day68

    Buchenwald concentration camp

    September 2, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    Spent half the day visiting the memorial was light rain the entire time. Unbelievable the things people can do to each other. This was the first camp liberated by the allied forces, the third us army arrived there on 11 of April 1945. The SS fled . Approximately 21000 inmates including more than 900 children and teenagers were liberated.Read more

  • Day1124

    Wambachsee, Duisburg

    July 25 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

    This is officially the hottest we (and Germany) have ever been! We moved on from our riverside stellplatz at Altena to a lakeside car park close to Duisburg. Thankfully mature trees provided shade here for most of the time.

    The plan had been to abandon the van during the days and hang out at the nearby freibad (in this case a lake with lawn area for lounging, café, toilets and showers). Unfortunately these plans were scuppered because of a dangerous blue-green algae bloom. Thankfully the lake closest to us had escaped this fate and had easy access via a small platform and steps.

    With external temperatures exceeding 40°C the top layers of water were warm but if you dived in or trod water you were able to stir up the cooler depths and gain some relief. Scores of other people had the same idea as us. Amongst the swimmers there were plenty of blow up unicorn lilos that seem to be the latest craze.

    We didn't have the energy to do much but sit in the shade at the back of the van in between swims. Will managed a short walk to the shops and Vicky pursued an icecream van a few hundred metres along the road. Our freezer struggled and wasn't freezing the ice packs inside. Thankfully we were able to keep the van under 35°C but it didn't drop below 27°C all night and at 11:30pm Will started the engine to run the air con for 20 minutes, much to the displeasure of another vanner in the large car park.
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  • Day2

    Germany Once Again

    July 29 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    The plane departed from Calgary and we were immediately faced with the challenge of deciding what to do on the flight. Looking through the in-flight movie system showed that they had tons of selection. Or do I play some video games all flight long? We landed on watching The Crimes of Grindlewald together, which was a movie we had been meaning to see. Initially it wasn't captivating me that much, and then I look over to my right and I see Brooke sawing some logs. And we were barely an hour into the flight. So I pulled out my 3DS and got through some of a Pokemon game.

    Brooke woke up probably 45 minutes later, right before the dinner service. Since we were right at the back of the plane, they only had the pasta option for us. But since we just ate at Chili's we were ok with it. Finished watching the movie together, overall too many characters to follow but the over arching story was interesting.

    Afterwards, Brooke figured it was time to sleep some more, so she pulled out the sleep mask, travel neck pillow, and in-flight blanket. I played some more Pokemon. Brooke was kind of in and out of sleep, not being that restful. She blames the noisy babies in the back of the plane with us.

    I later turned on another movie, Venom, which was great! Hadn't seen it yet and found it really interesting. Brooke decided she wasn't sleeping that much and found one of her favorite movies, Singing in the Rain. She was giddy the whole time and bouncing along to the songs. So adorable!

    Eventually I pulled out my Nintendo Switch and started to make some levels in Mario Maker, an excellent way to pass the time and stay awake. Brooke watched part of the recent Dumbo movie. Pretty soon they brought out a light breakfast and then we were basically landing in Frankfurt. Didn't sleep a wink on the flight!

    My lower back was hurting from my seat cushion being in a weird position. Hopefully it calms down. We got off the plane and found our way to the next security check in. Poked around the terminal for a bit and found a great spot to have a German lunch with our friends Stephanie and Tom. Brooke was really excited to have German beer and food. We shared a sausage platter along with Paulaner beer. Reminded us of Octoberfest. Also order two pretzels and took one as a road pretzel.

    Waiting to board the next flight and then we will be in Kyiv!

    Tyler
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Regierungsbezirk Düsseldorf, Regierungsbezirk Dusseldorf, District de Düsseldorf

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