24.05.2013 - 24.05.2013
Well the last two days in Bamburg I really think we may have over done everything . There is far too much to see & of course we wanted to pack it all into one & a half days ...well 2 sleeps. Have written first day as email because of issues with Travellerspoint but am trying it again in the hope that it may have sorted itself out.
Yesterday was really ,really cold perhaps 6 & maybe warmed up to 10 but I have my doubts. We started off at 9 am so it was damn cold but fortunately it didn't rain at all.
The city of Bamburg is divided up into areas like Iselstadt which is Island District , Domberg where the " bloody big " cathedral is situated on a "bloody big " hill & then Gartnerstadt Gardeners District. For some reason known only to my brain that was the section I wanted to see first yesterday . Oh my big mistake good 50 mins walk & then we couldn't find it till Bill realised we had gone too far & all the gardens are actually hidden behind the tall buildings. There is a Gardeners Museum but that we didn't ever find. Poo to all that then !
We did however walk on to the station & buy our ICE train tickets to Berlin . ICE are the really fast trains cost a bit more but very fast & exciting. If we went by regional trains we would have had 4 train changes with ICE it goes straight through with maybe one or two stops . Sometimes they don't stop at all. WOW looking forward to this one.
We went back to the tourist information because we wanted to sort out how to get to a brewery & museum . These breweries are often under ground & the one we wanted to see is under the Cathedral . Mmmmmm apparently my Lonely Planet ( purchased last year ) is out of date & that brewery has been gone for 5 years. Right glad we asked .
Got directions for a cool place for lunch ( Falconian food & smoked beer) & also directions to museum . Lunch was great we were so cold & the place was really warm & crowded. Bill isn't big on crowds & sharing tables but Falconian custom is to share tables with strangers. I didn't care I just wanted to be warm . Bill ordered a dark evil looking smoked beer & me just the normal red. Meal once again Bill ordered pork but this time pork belly with the accompanying dumpling & cabbage. I ordered a schnitzel with mushroom sauce & salad . The meal was too big but yum of course.
We stayed in the restaurant at least an hour having an interesting conversation with the fellow diners most of whom spoke English.
Then started up the hill to the museum. One of the steep hills we had walked the day before not realising we had actually past the brewery museum . Damn I could have been saved that uphill hike. The museum was really quite interesting lots of stuff all unfortunately in German but Bill seemed to be following it well enough.
We finally got back to our hotel around 4 totally exhausted I estimate we walked more than 20 k's in the last two days . The problem is that much of that 20 k's was up & down hills & lots of steps . Tired ,tired ,tired I'm sure I've said that a lot this trip.
So today we head to Berlin really wish my three kids were here to see what I may find of their grandfather ( my step father) who left Germany in 1939 with the SS hard on his heels. This time will be confronting I'm sure for me & would have been great to share the experience with them . He only returned to Berlin once in early 1980's & was astounded at how much had so totally changed.
Okay off to catch a fast train .