Thursday, August 2, 2012

Family tree Germany trip: Part 4 of 4

I'm back in Madrid after spending two weeks in Germany with my sister and grandma.  I returned last night, and my grandma and sister are currently on a flight back to the states.  Since I now have access to my computer, pictures have been added to the previous Germany posts, so take a look.  And without further ado, here's the final installment of my Family Tree Germany Trip series:

Monday July 30

Today we drove to our new hotel in Düsseldorf, checked in, then spent the rest of the day in Selm. Selm is the town where our great-great-great-great-great grandpa was married in 1779. The following two generations were born in Selm as well.

Highs: Seeing the church where my great-great-great-great grandpa was baptized, the sister finally being able to eat schnitzel (no Italian or kebab for us today!), bringing wine and chocolate treats back to our hotel room for the evening.

Lows: Damaging the rental car in our new hotel's low-ceilinged parking garage, giving Charlene (our GPS) the wrong destination which added well over an hour to our travel time to Selm, learning the German word for "closed" (geschlossen) while looking for a place to eat "lunch".

Tuesday July 31

We spent the day exploring Düsseldorf.

Highs: Taking an elevator 168 meters up the Rheinturm for a 360-view of Düsseldorf, drinking Altbier (a hoppy beer from here), all three of us eating schnitzel for lunch, watching the ducks and swans in Hofgarten.

Lows: Being directly underneath the ceiling fan this morning in our hotel room when (after being on for only two minutes) a flame flashed from the fan's base, the fan stopped running, and the whole room smelled of electrical fire.

The Rheinturm in Düsseldorf, Germany

Düsseldorf, Germany

Wednesday August 1

Since we had to leave for my airport around one in the afternoon, I had the morning to see something more in Düsseldorf.  That something was Südpark.  While searching for things to do in Düsseldorf, I had seen a picture of Zeitfeld (Time Field) in Südpark and immediately wanted to see it.  The sculpture consists of 24 railway clocks, and was made by German artist Klaus Rinke.

Highs: Hotel guy letting us borrow his vacuum cleaner to vacuum out our rental car, a black permanent marker erasing the damage we did to our rental car, viewing Zeitfeld in Südpark, being prepared for my flight by bringing along a donut and pretzel from Düsseldorf,

Lows: Having to drive one hour from the city to get to my airport (that's Ryanair for you...), leaving Germany, returning to Madrid's heat.

Zeitfeld located in Südpark of Düsseldorf, Germany

Südpark in Düsseldorf, Germany

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