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Wiesbaden is the town where Newenka's parents grew up, though on different sides of town, so to speak!
Fun in the square and fun at one of the playgrounds - the kids are really going to miss the zip lines when they return home.
Always a favorite - the elephants.
Yannis practicing for Africa.
As a child Newenka visited this zoo nearly every time she visited Wiesbaden. "I remember it fondly, especially the elephants!" In reviewing the photos we took, we remembered the photos we took 7 years ago (and of course, Yannis had a copy on one of the portable hard drives - what a geek!) Anyway, have a look - August 2000 and Sep 2007!
On the Rhine
We decided to check out Birgit's home town, even if just for a Kaffee und Kuchen break on our drive to Bochum!
The sheer size makes it Impressive inside and out.
Kafe und Kuchen by the church. A street performer dressed up as a statue - with accompanying graffiti and bird droppings!
Why are you going to Bochum?
Whenever we told people we were going to Bochum for a night, their immediate response was "Why are you going to Bochum?!" Ok, it is an industrial town near Essen, but more importantly, it is the home of the only permanent theater housing Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Starlight Express." Yannis took a liking to this musical when he worked in London back in the early 1980's - he saw it 3 times in London, took Newenka and the girls once in Chicago (it was a traveling production, so not quite as impressive as London), and has been on the lookout for another opportunity to see the show. And voila - side trip to Bochum, Germany.
Playing in Germany, it was all in German. Fortunately we're all familiar with the English lyrics. (Actually, it was a little hard to understand, even if you speak German, as most of the cast are Brits and the leads were probably chosen for their voices and roller skating ability, not their German!) Regardless, the staging and production were excellent, and a good time was had by all.
Visiting with Friends and Relatives
Kaffee und Kuchen with Jörg and Isabella and their sons
We were very lucky to find a place to stay in the Wiesbaden area, are we were there during the Frankfurt international auto show and every room within miles was booked or obscenely expensive! We ended up in a quaint Gaststätte in Oberjosbach (20 minutes from Wiesbaden), which suited us perfectly!
Next stop: The Netherlands (Amsterdam and Zandvoort)
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