Trip Start Jun 26, 2011
17Trip End Jul 18, 2011
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What I did
Hotel Loccumer Hof
noticed on the map that there was guidebook to the Red Thread tour. This started our plan of the day: Starbucks (about a block away from our hotel), Tourist Information to pick up a Red Thread guidebook, and then wherever the Red Thread took us. Whilst we were planning we were joined in reception by Bern, Gave, Glenn and their friends
coming from it. I kid you not. No idea where the music originated from, but we were definitely hearing it from through the manhole cover
& there were still walls of the building that went higher around us. Then we had to go up curved fire escape style stairs to lift doors
first things we noticed was the sloped floor. This was no ordinary lift, you see, this was one of a kind in Europe & a rarity worldwide. This lift didn’t go straight up & down; it went up a sloped lift shaft, of 15%. SO we stood on a sloped floor, which felt
sloped until the lift angled itself to 15%, then it felt perfectly flat. The lift had glass panels on all sides, including the roof & the floor, and a display telling you how high up you were. This didn’t do my dislike of heights any good! When we reached the top I came out shaking & Lis came out ready to go again! (You can tell which one of us likes rollercoasters!) Once out of the lift we were faced with a metal spiral staircase. This went up the three floors to the viewing platform at the top. Up we went, with me getting slower at each stage & my grip getting firmer on the hand rail, and Lis almost bouncing up the stairs in stark contrast! We started off at the very top – I knew if I didn’t start at the highest point I wouldn’t get up there! The viewing platform was 43 metres up, circular & small. There were 4 main viewing “windows”, which were really archways with a waist-high fence there to stopping you falling out. Between each window” was a stone pillar
that I wasn’t going to look at whilst we were there). We then moved down a level. I was happier on this level. There was an inner area with thick stone walls separating you from the balcony. There was one archway in & out of the balcony, with the other three sides having large windows to look out from. So I stayed inside & looked out whilst Lis went out onto the balcony. The third (and lowest level of the viewing platform) was as simpler affair, with four windows in the wall, we didn’t stay long on that level. Then it was back down the last of the stairs to the scary lift. This time
it was manned by the lovely young man who had sold us our tickets to go up there in the first place. We stepped in & headed down. Going down in this angled lift was a little worse than going up, as the corners from the 15% angle to the straight last part felt more accentuated as the floor went from being flat to being angled.
The second highlight was the extended part of the Red Thread
sat on a little wall on the edge of the lake. There are massive fish in the lake, even bigger than the ducks! And several of them swam over to us & hung about in the lake right behind us, obviously waiting for us to throw food in for them. The ducks then joined the fish, hoping for something to eat. One duck in particular was determined to get some food from us. She flew out of the water & landed right next to Lis, looking expectantly at her bread roll. Well, what can you do when a duck is that persistent? Lis broke a little bread off her roll & went to throw it to the duck. The duck didn’t wait for it to be thrown & simply waddled over & took the bread right out of Lis’ hand. This took Lis a little by surprised, and to make sure it wasn’t a fluke, tried again. And the
little duck quite happily took the bread from Lis’ hand. This went on for a good few minutes, with Lis breaking off a bit of bread holding it out & the duck eating from her hand. When the duck had had enough she waddled off & jumped back down into the water
We were both shattered by the time we reached the station (the Red Thread is a circular tour, so we finished pretty much where we started). We went to Mr Clou in the station (they sell lots of juice, fruit & healthy food there) and bought the “Wok Special” for our tea.
We got back to the hotel about 9pm, so spent what was left of the evening relaxing & planning our journey to Leipzig, which is next stop on our German adventure.We leave in the morning; it takes about 3 hours on the train I think. Then we spend 2 nights in Leipzig & head over to Dresden on match day.Will write more from Leipzig – until then:Come on England – We Believe!Big love