Sunday, 15 September 2019

Düsseldorf Hilton (Düsseldorf, Germany)

It was very sunny when I woke up this morning. As usual I ate my Hilton breakfast and came back to my room and fell asleep again. When I woke I went online to get an idea of what I might want to do today. I called a couple of Segway tours but they didn’t have any openings for later in the afternoon. I then decided to visit the Rhine Tower and then perhaps walk through the old part of the city. Maybe looking at the city from the tower I’ll get an idea of where to walk.

I ordered an Uber to take me to the tower. Had an interesting talk with the driver who originally was from Fes, Morocco. His English wasn’t too good, though he could speak some German and French. So we used all three (except Arabic) to talk as he drove me to the Rhine Tower.

The Rhine Tower was similar to other towers, like Rotterdam’s Euromast, where you can have a 360 degree view of the city and have a meal or snack at the top. I didn’t have anything to eat but enjoyed the great view on this clear day. The difference with this tower is that there was no outdoor viewing and all views were from floor to ceiling windows that slanted inward at the bottom. I read a review where someone leaned forward on the window, putting all their weight on the window. In my mind I could imagine the window popping out of its frame. I just took pictures without touching the window. I could imagine that Dusseldorf was a much different place when my ancestors were making their way up to Rotterdam in the 1700s and floated by this city.

When I left the tower I saw that one of the Segway offices was somewhat nearby and thought if I could talk someone there in person they might have an opening later in the day or perhaps tomorrow. Their office was located on a street facing the river and today there was an environment fair that seemed to be attracting a large crowd. The fair extended for at least a mile along the river as I walked. When I reached the Segway tour office they confirmed they had no openings for today or tomorrow. Not a problem, I’ll find something else to do.

I was feeling pretty good walking, so I continued to walk along the river through the old town and looked up and down the streets in this part of the city. I went into an old church, St. Lambertus, probably the oldest building in the city. Inside I enjoyed the quiet as I sat down in one of the pews. The building pretty much survived the bombings during WWII.

I saw that it was about a 30 minute walk back to the hotel so I kept walking. By this time I was hungry and found a place that served french fries Mexican style (guacamole, green onion, red pepper, tortilla chips) which tasted pretty good. There were several stands serving beer but the lines were very long.

I continued to walk along the river and then my GPS directions said to turn inward to the city and continued walking until I reached the Hilton. I was tired as I walked into the building but went up to the 11th floor to the executive lounge where they were serving small sandwiches. I could have used a beer but all they had were soda and fruit drinks. A cold bottle of apple juice hit the spot.

When I returned to my room I opened a cold beer from the room’s minibar and drank half of it before taking a nap. Since it was Sunday, all the stores closed early so I ordered two more beers from room service along with a Caesar salad.

For whatever reason I thought earlier about the movie “Yours, Mine and Ours” (Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda) and watched that movie then started to watch the last Star Trek movie before I got tired and went to bed. I can watch the rest of the movie tomorrow night.

As for plans for tomorrow, I’ll think about that in the morning. I enjoyed today’s walk and sights along the way and maybe, if the weather is good, I’ll take a walk in a different direction.

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