Sadly we leave Durban for now, but we get back on the Trans-Sahara Highway to arrive in Essen, Germany. A beautiful place that was founded in the 9th century. It took us 188 hours to get here (8,480.1 miles). I think some exquisite German chocolate is in order now! Essen is on the Ruhr River (how’s that for a tongue twister?) and the Rhine.
It has something for everyone for sure – a train museum, sea creatures, botanic gardens, Blankenstein Castle, and an interactive water museum – sounds interesting.
Want to see a sculpture of Mary that is gold leafed and crafted in 980? Essen has it – find Minster and you are there.
The forest valley exhibit in the botanical gardens has bonsai – neat! And if you like birds, you’ve come to the right place. The gardens have aviaries that house owls, flamingos… Oh, and there is also a miniature train on the grounds. All aboard!
A synagogue from 1910 is now a Jewish cultural center – the front of the building is curved and looks really interesting.
How about a visit to a philharmonic (meaning loves harmony) orchestra. With a 2000 seat capacity I think we will all fit. Beethoven’s Ode to Joy would be spectacular here I think.
A pretty side visit is Kettwig with its paved streets. It used to separate from Essen but was incorporated in 1975 – a very good spot for a cream tea I think. The buildings here are from the 17th century.
A spectacular light display is featured during the Christmas season in Essen. The first display was in 1928.
Take only memories – leave only footprints. See you next time!