Monday, October 5, 1987
The alarm woke us at 6:45. Went down for breakfast, and even though a cost wasn’t posted, we decided to have the buffet breakfast at the hotel Globetrotter Restaurant. Kent got a pot of coffee and I had hot chocolate. Served ourselves from the cheese and cold cuts, (avoided the canned fruit), choice of fruit juice, bread, rolls, pastries, butter and jams, even a do-it-yourself Birchermüsli, yoghurt, and then cooked ham, bacon, scrambled and soft-boiled eggs, home fries, crepes with syrup and marmalades, a variety of teas and an opportunity to squeeze your own orange juice. We regretted not having gorged ourselves when we learned the cost was 32 DM 50/$17.50 each! (We later learned that was the price of a buffet dinner, and we were charged the breakfast price of 18 DM/$9.75) Although it was only 8:00, when the maid came, we took our things and went to wait in the lobby. Kent was to be picked by a Herr Burchardt. The place was swarming with Japanese. A man from SELL tried to pick us up! At 9:15 there was still no Herr Burchardt. We mistakenly took the key to Room 317 to go to the room and make a call, and there was a message from LA. Oops, we were in Room 217! Kent called Dyckerhoff, and Herr Burchardt had not been told Kent was coming! He would be there in 20 minutes. Kent played with a sample IBM computer in the lobby, and I checked out an exhibit of mediocre oil painting of Rhine scenes by Hans Günter Schöpe, who is actually a professor of sports didactics in Mainz. Kent was picked up at 9:45.
|Wiesbaden train station (1904-1906)|
designed by Fritz Klingholz in Neo-Baroque style
I started my tour and went across the street to the Reisinger Brunnen/Fountain, kind of a stagnant pool, but with lots of roses around it.
|Reisinger Brunnen/Fountain (1932)|
In a park flower garden that was just tilled, I saw a rotting apple, just like the radio gardener suggests. I passed the Rhein-Main Hallen, a convention/exhibition center,
|Rhein Main Hallen (1956) with Diana fountain|
and the massive City Museum full of German paintings.
|Stadtmuseum/City Museum (1913-1915) designed by Theodor Fischer|
|Lake filled with ducks|
|Life (1981) by Franz Rotar|
|Friedrich Schiller Monument (1905)|
by sculptor Joseph Uphues
|Man with twig broom|
|Kurhaus/spa (1905-1907) designed by Friedrich von Thiersch|
in neo-classical style with a Belle Époque façade
|Like pink lavender flowers|
|Steam rising from the garden|
|Kriegerdenkmal/War Memorial (1909)|
|Wiesbaden Spa inn|
|Nerotal bus station|
|Nerobergerbahn rack railway|
|View of Wiesbaden|
|Altes Rathaus/Old City Hall|
|Hessischer Landtag/Hessian Parliament|
A small fruit and flower market in the square. Lots of leather pants and jackets. Both Kent and I have had problems with our shoelaces coming untied as we walk!
Got a snack at Burger King, and passed through streets with old buildings with gables and balconies
|Kurhaus Park lake with fountain|
|Penta Hotel room|
It had started out overcast, but the sun came out and it became warm. Spring comes earlier and autumn later in Wiesbaden because it sits in a valley, and probably because it sits on hot springs!
I went out again at 15:00, heading towards the train station. Saw a 3-wheeled Vespacar.
|Vespacar or "trucklet"|
(We have seen many unusual vehicles, like the tiny 3- and 4-wheeled vehicles in Amsterdam, as well as bikes pushing or pulling carts. Saw a sporty “Bitter,” and a variety of non-American unknown cars. Usually we do see familiar American brands.) Saw a US Army VW bus and a soldier in fatigues. Passed the train station and a huge post office to what I thought was the Briebricher Castle, but it was a government building. Apparently the castle is in a suburb closer to the Rhine River. Bought postcards and a small notebook, since I am running out of space in this travel journal. Returned to the hotel at 16:00, and Kent arrived at 16:30. We went out in the drizzle and window-shopped along Wilhelmstrasse. Showed Kent the Kochbrunnen, and then we shopped along the pedestrian street until stores closed at 18:30. Toy stores contained Star Wars, Masters of the Universe, Legos, Magic Pony, Smurfs, Garfield, and Ziggy paraphernalia. Nothing unique for us! Clothing is expensive, and the “in” sweatshirts had quirky slogans in English, like “San Francisco Bears,” “Cincinnati Reds Official World Championship Scorecard,” “Atlanta ABS College,” “The Bear State, Minnesota, America’s Winterland,” “Dallas Youngboys,” etc. Or else they had Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck!We headed to the Wienerwald Restaurant, and were one of the first customers there. We got our draught beer and mineral water, and ordered Turkey Hunter’s Style and Farmer’s Pot. We also ordered a liver dumpling soup, which threw things out of sync for the waitress, since our meals were ready. It was okay with us to get them together with the soup. The soup was great, a fresh liverwurst ball in broth. My pot/pan was full of onion, bacon, potato, chicken pieces, and topped with a fried egg. Kent’s turkey schnitzel had a mushroom cream sauce with Spätzle. Stuffed ourselves again. The bill was 36 DM or so, and we left 40 DM/$21.60. Window-shopped back to the hotel, and looking into an oriental carpet showroom window, we bumped our heads against the glass because it was so clean we didn’t properly judge the distance! Finished off our chocolate bar, and watched AFRTS-TV.
Next: Rhine River and Liège.