Essen - A city not supposed to be that niceDiesen Post gibt es auch auf Deutsch. Schau einfach auf: violas-reiseblog.blogspot.com.
Starting of in Vienna Main Station the Euronight Express is taking me to Dusseldorf, and then a local train to Essen, where my lovely friend Sonja is awaiting me.
|The cathedral of Cologne - from the train|
In the morning, shortly before arriving in Cologne the boy was asked, if he was happy to be back home soon. He answered - looking outside the window - , "No, there are just old, broken buildings out there!" And he was so right. In that moment I was thinking to myself, "Where the hell am I travelling to?". Outside the window, there were just old, broken buildings, really bad graffiti and ugly factories.
But, and here is the big but, when we passed by Cologne, I got a quick look at the famous cathedral and from there on the buildings started to look nicer and not just "old and broken".
Bringing sunny weather with me... aaaaaaand: it's gone!
|Enjoying the nice weather|
as long as it lasted...
|A water stream makes every park better.|
|High trees, yellow leaves, blue sky -|
that's "the golden autumn"
|Finding a perfect spot to write :)|
Sweater weather, the beauty of earth and a thousand peopleWhen we woke up the next day, the rain was still going on and on and on... Wet and cold and urgh .. So, since my tourist guide book only recommended parks, nice streets and house facades, I didn't really know what to do. Great to have an insider by my side. Sonjas mum recommended to go to a photo exhibit, called "The wonders of nature" in the "Gasometer Oberhausen" - a close-by city.
|Optimizing the photos of the exhibition a little bit....|
This one was taken by Sonja :)
We call it: "The attack!"
|The earth of the exhibition :)|
So - perfect day? Nope, unfortunately we weren't the only ones wanting to do stuff inside on such a rainy day - so it felt like the whole population of Essen joined us.. I am not made for big cities.. I like the quite exhibitions, where you are the only visitor having the pictures all to yourself :D
We didn't do anything special in the afternoon for the bad weather and because Sonja had to got back to university. But we got amazing pancakes for lunch from her mum, so that made my day :)
Essens town center, still raining and the good-bye
Photo taken by Sonja.
|The Essen Deiter-Chime|
Unfortunately it was broken. No bells, no sound, not even the correct time was shown by the clock on top. Nice to look at though. It's probably the most tourist-attraction-like-thing I saw in Essen.
|Old synagogue in the back|
old catholic peace church in the front
My last afternoon in Essen was quite lazy, quite fun and a little sad because I had to leave. The night train took me back to Vienna.
|Making the best out of the rain at the "century fountain"|
between the synagogue and the church
Photo taken by Sonja
I hope you enjoyed reading about my little journey to Essen and forgive me for all my spelling, grammar and vocabulary mistakes!
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