Tuesday, October 6, 1987
Up at 7:30 and down for breakfast where we learned we could order a continental breakfast of coffee and hot chocolate, orange juice, a basket of six rolls, butter, four jams, two liverwurst slices, a couple of cheese packages, and honey and a chocolate spread! Got our bags and checked out, and learned that breakfast was included in the price of the room! A special for Dyckerhoff. So we worried needlessly about the price of breakfast and we were glad we hadn’t gone out to eat breakfast! The hotel bill was 403 DM/$217.
We got to the train station at 9:00 to await the 9:19 train to Köln; on time. We used a baggage cart to take our luggage to the far end of the platform to where the First Class coaches would be. Before Kent figured how to use the bar to release the brake, he said this wasn’t going to be any easier than carrying our things! (We don't have much experience with luggage carts, since we refuse to pay to use them in the US, but here they are free!) The diagrams showing the position of the train cars has been helpful. Footstools in first class.
|An S-Bahn DB 420 train leaving Wiesbaden|
As we approached Mainz, we saw the Dyckerhoff headquarters with a big red letter ‘D’ and the cement factory.
|Kent on the train|
|Passing the town of Lorch|
|Burg Maus/Mouse Castle|
Arrived in Köln on time at 11:07, and went from track two to eleven to wait for our train to Belgium. Bought a couple bratwurst and a Küppers Kölsch beer and a Coca-cola for 10 DM/$5.40 before hopping on the 11:15 train. Found seats in a coach car rather than in a compartment, with the end seats marked for the handicapped. We ate our lunch, then dozed. At Düren, there were sugar beet mountains by the sugar plant. Saw a couple nuclear power plants near Koblenz and Düren. After Aachen, our passports were checked and we were in Belgium again.
We arrived in Liège at 12:42, and found a baggage locker for 15 BEF/40 cents. We went to the post office to call Dot L to let her know when we would arrive. That cost us 20 BEF/53 cents. At the tourist info booth, we had to purchase a pamphlet, and the girl didn’t have change, so let us have 65 BEF/$1.71 worth of things for 63 BEF/$1.65. We walked into town along Rue des Guillemins, which appeared to have a lot of eateries. Came to Parc d’Avroy, which was packed with carnival rides, games, and snack booths. At the Terrasses there were esplanade gardens with flowers in full bloom, and four bronze statues around the outer perimeter. First was the “Plough Ox at Rest” by Leon Mignon,
|Boeuf du Labour au repose/Plough Ox at Rest (1885-1886)|
|Le cheval du batelier et son conducteur/Boatman's Horse (1885)|
Across the street in the park was a relatively smaller bronze statue which seemed to be the National Monument to the Resistance. We crossed a bridge, looking down river at the Palais du Congres, built in 1958, which has a 125-foot mobile hanging in its glass façade, but too much glare to see it.
|La Palais du Congres|
We walked along the Meuse River as the sun went in and it began to rain, but it stopped in just a couple minutes. Sun. Rain. If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute!
|Kent walking along the Meuse|
Walked down some side streets of the Outre-Meuse area to find old world buildings, and one of the niches for the Virgin Mary.
|Virgin Mary niche|
Tschantches is a marionette imported to Liège in 1860 by a Tuscan maker of figures. It has become the characteristic figure and symbol of Liège, with an inclination to antics and swashbuckling.
Crossed back over the river on a pedestrian bridge to see the Gothic Renaissance style post office built in 1901 by the architect Edmond Jamar.
|La Grand Poste/Main post office|
|Cathédrale Saint-Paul/Cathedral of St Paul dating|
to the 13th and 14th centuries
|Église Saint Jacques/Church of St James|
Walked through the carnival and returned to the train station. Bought a waffle with cherry pie filling for 40 BEF/$1.05. It was okay. Got our bags and went to the platform, where we had a choice of trains to take. Took the fastest, the Gustav Eiffel headed towards Paris, leaving at 14:52. Passed farmland and it is raining quite heavily again. New shoots in the fields. Neat (as in tidy) farmhouses and gardens. Lots of rowhouse-type apartments. Saw a lot full of Jettas and other VWs.Arrived at the fairly sunny Brussels North Station at 15:48 and went in search of the Metro and multi-fare tickets. No info available, so we bought one-way tickets from a man in a booth for 35 BEF/90 cents each.