Germany Album 2004, Page 2
Our six-week house swap in Mülheim an der Ruhr.

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Relevant weekly journals:
August 11, 2004: a road trip to Ladenburg, Heidelberg, and Frankfurt.
August 16, 2004: Freilichtsmuseum und Fußball.

Visiting Desiree. We drove to Ladenburg, about a four-hour drive (3 hours by German standards, but this was our first long drive on the Autobahn). We had a wonderful weekend at their house in the beautiful countryside near Heidelberg.
The view from Desiree und Martin's front yard Desiree und Martin's haus Desiree und Martin's kitchen Leo finds lots of stuff to play with
Click here for a short video clip of Till pushing Leo on a tractor. (780 KB)
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Seppl. Roy and Leo loved Seppl. In fact, by the end of our visit, Roy was Black Seppl, Leo was Brown Seppl, and Seppl, for reasons fathomable only to four-year-olds, was Red Seppl.
Seppl Wichmann

Heidelberg. We visited Desiree and Ondine’s old college haunts in Heidelberg. John went into the castle with Martin, Paul, and Till, while Ondine, Desiree, Roy, and Leo explored the outer grounds.
Bad photo of Heidelberg The Wichmanns, Desiree, Martin, Paul, und Till Desiree und Ondine on the Alte Brucke Us: John, Ondine, Roy und Leo

Hansjochem. On the way back, we visited Jürgen’s brother, Hansjochem, his wife, Ulla, and his daughters Jule and Bille, in Neu Isenburg, near Frankfurt. Here’s Hansjochem and his elegantly landscaped back garden.
Hansjochem Wittman Back yard, Mainstrasse 29

Westfälisches Freilichtmuseum Hagen. Patricia und Gregor invited us to tag along on their trip to this beautiful open-air museum, with various craftsmen doing things the old-fashioned way. This was a German tourist attraction for Germans - not a single sign was in English, and we only heard two people speaking English, and they were tourists from Australia. Leo collected an iron button embossed with a heart from the man below, plus a nail from the nail-maker. The last photo shows Roy with his friend (and ours) Veronica.
Us at the Freilichtmuseum Hagen: John, Ondine, Leo, Roy. Freilichtmuseum Hagen: the corn-grinding mill Freilichtmuseum Hagen: making an iron button Freilichtmuseum Hagen: the daily delivery Freilichtmuseum Hagen: a nice corner house Freilichtmuseum Hagen: Roy und Veronika
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Go Schalke! Ilka treated John to a fußball game at the new Arena AufSchalke, in Gelsenkirchen. Ilka’s husband, Hendricks, dropped Ilka and John off near the stadium (Lulu, their dog, went to the office with Hendrix). Our adopted home team, FC Schalke 04, beat 1 FC Kaiserslautern 2 to 1. Here are some shots of the inside of the arena, and part of the crowd of 60,956 watching live.
Arena AufSchalke Go Schalke!

Stadtmitte. We drove to Forum, an outdoor pedestrian mall. It was Sunday, so the shops were closed, except for cafés. Here we are having an eis. Around lunchtime, we stumbled on the Kulinarischer Treff, a sort of a “taste of the Ruhrgebiet” featuring local restaurants. We bought two different plates at five Euro each. Yum!
Eis at the Forum Kulinarischer Traff aus Forum

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