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I finally get my pork knuckle

Düsseldorf - sightseeing day with Gesa

all seasons in one day 17 °C

Gesa and Kim go out to buy takeaways coffee while I set up the table with our muesli, fruit and last night's leftovers. Breakfast done and we are out the door to head into Düsseldorf by 8:30am. The sun is out, but it’s chilly. A typical German autumn day. Glad we have bought our jackets with us.

The tram takes 15 minutes. Last night we marked the places we want to see in google maps. We walk down Stradtgraben part of a canal which runs through the old town. At a bridge there's a cool sculpture of the Greek god Titan. The autumn leaves are falling and starting to fill the canal.
Düsseldorf has funky architecture. One building has plants up its sides and across the whole roof. Media Harbor is a cornucopia of post-modern architecture. The most famous of the distinguished architects to have contributed designs for the redevelopment of the harbor’s riverfront buildings is Frank Gehry. Gehry’s buildings have become symbols of the city’s rebirth as he converted the former customs houses into three distinct yet stylistically interconnected structures that now house the city’s advertising and media agencies.
There is some other interesting architecture in town. A subway with an angled grass roof and next door a building with hedges all over the side.
Next it’s onto the Old town.
We admire the platz as we stop at a coffee roastery for one of our best coffees since the Balkans. It’s run by 2 hipsters and they know their coffee.
I read about the Mustard museum, seems unusual so we have to check it out. It’s a small room with a shop and lots of memorabilia. We buy a small jar for our future lunches. Definitely worth the visit.
Kim spots a food market. We walk up and down each aisle to check out the produce and decide what to eat for lunch. It’s all looks good. The market restaurant gets the tick. We each have a soup and try the local Alt beer.
Time for a bit of culture. We pop into the Kunst underground tunnel next to the Rhine. It’s now used for art exhibitions. Currently it’s a modern art exhibition. It’s interesting but definitely not Kim’s cup of tea but she is more there for the location.
We walk back to Old town via the Rhine. Find a brewery and I finally get my pork knuckle! It’s huge!
Düsseldorf done we catch the tram home and as we get into the hotel the heavens open.

Time to chill and then Kim and Gesa pop out to get a takeaway pizza. I don’t need anything after my pork knuckle! We have been carrying Yahtzee dice with us the whole trip and played it once…until tonight. Turns out Gesa is a dice whisperer and won 2 of the 3 games. I came last in all 3!


Days cycled - 115
Rest days - 56
Distance cycled - 0km (5713.2km)
Ascent - 0m (Total 50200m)
Descent - 0m (Total 50140m)
Money Spent - $154 AUD (Total $19665 AUD)

Posted by darrenhough1974 00:00 Archived in Germany

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