Haus der Geschichte – Bonn

As I had the days between Christmas and New Year’s off, I wanted to do something. Actually I wanted to see an exhibition in Bonn about some rare pictures of the world before 1914 in colour. But when I researched the whole thing I stumbled about the Haus der Geschichte in Bonn. It is a museum dedictated to show the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, so everything that happend here since World War II and is packed with all kinds of exhibits from the last 70 years from an postwar holy communion dress purely made of gauze bandages because the seamstress had nothing else to work with, to an Russian tank. I’m an enthusiast when it comes to history so I was more than happy to swap the expensive photo exhibition for the free Haus der Geschichte when Michael suggested going there instead. Haus-der-Geschichte-Bonn-special-exhibitionBut first we visited the special exhibition showcasing the special history Germany hawith the US. It showed how the American Occupation after the war was viewed by Continue reading

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Die Toten Hosen – live in Düsseldorf

On friday night I went to part one of the tour final one of my all-time favourite bands, Die Toten Hosen. It was an absolute great concert. Pictures are mainly not mine and link to the respective pages, where I took them from, because my mobile was not the best choice for pictures.Thomas-Kruesselmann-gesehen-auf-www.dietotenhosen.deI went with my friend Tine who had been with me on our first concert in 1998 too and for the first time I wore a fan t-shirt. My friends got me one after our first concert and Continue reading

Sightseeing in Mainz – or a quick stop over

I was invited to a birthday party in Mainz this weekend. I went with two friends and we went to Darmstadt first on Friday and Saturday to Mainz for the party. Mainz is not very far from my hometown Darmstadt yet other than as a teenager showing around school exchange partners 15 years ago I have never been there. And because of this I decided to go to Mainz a little early on Saturday to do a little sightseeing.Mainz-towards-the-Rhine First we went for a little stroll along the Rhine. Actually if you know the Rhine terrasses in Düsseldorf then the promenade in Mainz is a little boring. Mainz is about the same size as Aachen where we went last weekend. And it is about as old with a similar history. But it Continue reading

A sunday in Aachen

I still can hardly believe it but we did a day trip yesterday. When ever we are on holiday we say, we must do something in the area back home too but then Michael works weekends and if he doesn’t he is trying to relax and sleeps a lot. But this weekend we really went out and did something. I had picked up a couple of brochures in the museum in Ratingen and in one they featured an exhibition in Aachen with photos from Germany from the end of the war until the reunification, called “Aufbrüche – Bilder aus Deutschland” at the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum. This sounded interesting and with Aachen being merely 80km away we decided to go there.Behind-the-LuisenbrunnenThe weather had been rather autumny all weekend long and when it wasn’t raining when we arrived in Aachen we decided to go for a walk first and then Continue reading

Ratingen – how going to a jazz matinee ended up with a cool visit to a museum

I know, I planned to do far more around Düsseldorf because there is so much to see. But with a boyfriend who works weekends and a comfy sofa and something to knit, it is sometimes really hard to get out and see something. Yesterday Simone made me leave my sofa and go for a trip. We decided to go to a Jazz Matinee infront of the Herrenhaus Cromford in Ratingen, a small neighbouring small town of Düsseldorf.Herrenhaus_Cromford_RatingenIt turned out that the Jazz Matinee was less Jazz (every now and then a band played some songs) and more of a good excuse for the retired people of the neighbourhood to enjoy the last sun beams of summer and meet friends while having a nice glass of wine or some coffee and cake. So we decided to go for a walk. Continue reading

What to do in July in Dusseldorf

Saturday was a very unusual day for us. Normally Michael has to work on the weekends especially when it is sunny. But this Saturday he only had to work in the evening and so we did something we hardly ever do: we went shopping. I’m usually not a big fan of weekend shopping. The city center is packed with people but this Saturday it was fun. We didn’t need anything so when a shop was packed and you would have to cue to try something on we just didn’t. Dusseldorf_UerigeIn the end we ended up near the Rhine having a glass of Uerige, one of Dusseldorf’s Altbiers, a special brew of beer. The Uerige brewery is situated close to the Rhine and Continue reading