Frances, Fun and Ferris Wheels

It’s Sunday, which means the end of another week here in Düsseldorf. After 3 weeks off work, due to my autumn holidays and then the course for language assistants I started back at school. The ‘new’ start also meant a bit more responsibility and I am now taking a few more conversation classes which is good as it means I’m not just sat at the back of the classroom for an hour and a half answering the odd question.

My few days at school went quickly and on Tuesday I successfully attended the Uni again for my Portuguese course. Finally though it was Wednesday, the end of my working week and the arrival of a old friend from back home. Once we made it back to my flat and dropped off Frances’ things, we were very ready to eat some dinner. We headed to the local restaurant, which no matter which day of the week I visit, is always heaving with people. Thankfully there was still enough space for the two of us and we made ourselves comfortable ready to tuck into some dinner. We spent a very pleasant evening catching up on stories, news of Frances’ new job as a nurse and of course, reminiscing of the crazy things we used to do back in the good ol’ days.

The next morning we were up not-so-bright-or-early but after breakfast went off into town for a day wandering around the shops and ready to try lots of delicious things. We walked around the Altstadt (old town – you should know this by now!), peeked in a few cute shops selling edible goodies and then explored the covered market in Carlsplatz.  I am always impressed with the vast quantity of fruits and vegetables that I have never seen before and the amazing array of colours! Whilst we were strolling through the market we came across this beautiful christmas stand where literally everything was a shade of pink and purple.. was so pretty!

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All the walking about got rather tiring so naturally this meant only one thing.. Kaffee und Kuchen! We stopped in nearby Heinemann Cafe and enjoyed a slice of delicious cake!

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The following day we decided to relive old Abbey days and visit Cologne, which we had visited together for a school trip back when we were 14 for the Christmas Markets. Unfortunately we were too early for those, but we did manage to get to the Lindt Chocolate Museum!

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Inside the Museum, we bee-lined straight for the chocolate fountain where you get given a taster of the chocolate on a wafer. Once we had savoured our small snack we continued our tour of the museum and soon made it up to the top floor and the interactive exhibition. Frances and I jumped at the chance to play on a game where you had to bounce on difference seats to move the Lindt bunny round a maze. We soon had quite an audience watching us and cheering us on.. it was hard work, I can tell you that!

We also had some time in the city to look around the small streets of the Old town..

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On our last full day together we decided it would be fun to have a ride on Düsseldorf’s new tourist ‘attraction’ – the Ferris Wheel. Despite the weather being a bit misty, we were supplied with interesting views and different vantage point looking out over the city.

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This morning Frances and I said her farewells and it’s time to get myself ready for the week and sort out a bit more of Uni work, as deadlines are fast approaching. Wish me luck!

Bis bald! x