Friday - 2011-08-05
OK, I have to admit, I'm now in Feutreventura, and it's Wednesday, So I'm catching up on a weeks worth of Blog. OK Girls the requirement is now communication once a week (preferred), once a fortnight (mandatory).
The last night was spend at a wine fare' (an 'old people festival' according to Alex). I got 2 sweet wines for the girls and a dry white for myself. Alex's comment was that the wine was almost too sweet!! I can't win. For me the european wines are different to the Australian ones, but I don't think it would take too long to make the transition. We also tried the Ulrige(?) bar in the Altstadt, Alex drank about 1/2 of her beer in protest to my response to her 'old people festival' comment. Olivia managed just a mouthful The problem is that their beer is the only beer they sell, so staying for a meal was our of the question. Finally we ended up at the 'Irish Bar' where apparently my sister Irene worked many years ago.
I got up early and visited the local bread shop to get some traditional rolls (plain and pre made) to take back to the girls for breakfast which we had with some left over pate we had purchased the day before in Namure(?).
The walk from the hotel to the Altstadt took about 40 minutes, which we all welcomed, given the quantity of food we seemed to be consuming, and also made us feel less guilty. I recalled seeing a mechanical display clock, where there was a circular display of moving brightly coloured actors. We asked at the tourist information, and were given instructions on how to get to 'taylors lane' (schneiderw???strass), with displays at 15:00 and 18:00. I also wanted go to to the statute of the boys doing the cartwheels. Many years go we were there and a couple of young boys were performing for the tourists. My Dad asked them if they could do hand stands. 'of couse we can' was their reply. OK 5 marks (the german currency before the Euro) says my dad getting the cine camera ready (cine - a video that takes film). The next thing we know the boys are upright on their hands, and gravity is emptying their pockets. It was a very very funny scene. There were no young lads around today, and the statute is not surrounded with lovely trees and a cafe.
We took a 2 hour Rheine cruise that was interesting. The spire of the cathedral has a very pronounced twist and laen to it. Accoding to legend the tower will straighten when a true virgin gets married in the cathedral - it could be a very long wait. Ater the curise we went to see the mechanical clock. Interesting but a disappointment. An old cobbler pops out for about 3 minutes and shuffles his arms. Not quite the graphic display I remembered. We went back to the river bank and one of the cafes, where we watched the Blunderleig' soccor - Dusseldorf V's ???. The atmosphere was really great, the weather was a typical beautiful warm eurpoean evening, and Dusseldorf won (2-1 if I recall correctly).