Bonn... Ubii & Frank city of olde.. so lovely now

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Rhineland Hotel
What I did
Sightseeing

Flag of Germany  , North Rhine-Westphalia,
Sunday, September 18, 2011

18 Sept - Arriving around 1600 we found the hotel and while I was sorting out emails Susan drifted off to sleep. It's tiring to drive for 3 hours on a highway with lots of roadworks and periods of high speed.

Anyway, when she stirs we'll wander around to see what we can see in the fading light and also look for a place for dinner and a drink. Driving seems to make us thirsty. I can tell this is a pretty manageable civilised city.

Raced off to Beethovens and then the Rathaus at Market Platz ( bit dark for pictures though) followed by the laundromat. Too far...leave for Holland! Returning we opted for Turkish tonight. Lots of Turkish in Germany. I remember my guide in Istanbul in 1991 had studied in German and she told me that Germany was the only country that would give Turks a visa...I wonder why.

Later I was recalling scenes from WW II movies set in Germany with the Gestapo, SS, troops in Jack boots and all those scenes of happy soldiers in bars and fearsome interrogators in SS uniforms. It was easy to place them in Bonn when it was a quiet but important town. Now it's so pretty and I could easily spend 2 weeks there and in the surrounds of Lower Saxony. However, not to be this time.

19 Sept - Raced around to see the remaining points of interest in my list. I was so impressed with the university city campus building and of course the Munster Basilica. After reading 'Pillars of the Earth' and 'World Without End' I'm now drawn to cathedrals and looking for all the features and images described in the books. Munster is so complex in its engineering. It's hard to believe they had all that skill and knowledge so long ago. Of course today we do but not the time. Imagine starting a building project which would take 30 years. Even the 3 gorges dam didn't take that long.

After leaving we ran into an hour long traffic jam around Koln and then to Dusseldorf and after it all gave way Susan got us to Apeldoorn in Holland around 1500. 

Germany was my choice of the big countries we have visited and I'd gladly return but not in the near future. 
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