Germany Trip – Back to Neuss

So, after our visit to southern Germany we drove back up to Neuss where Bethany lives. Tyler hopped on a train to Hanover to visit friends and complete his journey, while the rest of us enjoyed an evening strolling around town. We walked around a nice park with a lake where Zoe enjoyed the playground and the geese. In the evening we branched out from our schnitzles and pommes to enjoy a local Chinese restaurant. On Tuesday Mom and Dad watched Zoe all day while Bethany and I biked out to Schloss (castle) Dyck. I am amazed at how bike-freindly this country is; there are so many bike paths and bike lanes along roads that there are special signs and even maps of the whole network. You could literally bike across the country and never share the road! The castle was cool. It had really neat gardens and forests to walk around where the trees and flowers were in full bloom. The castle itself featured an exhibit on formal gardens and then a very very odd modern art exhibition. We had fun on a ropes course, too. On our bike ride back we stopped in at a biergarten like all good Germans would. In the evening the whole fam went out for pasta and Mom and Dad packed up for their trip home. In the airport on Wednesday Bethany, Zoe, and I bid Mom and Dad farewell; there were tears. We spent the afternoon looking into a last-minute mini vacation for the weekend, but it won’t work out since the country is still on Easter holiday and things are booked. There is still lots to do near Neuss. Yesterday we took the bus to a free chidlren’s farm right in town. Zoe loved all the lambs, goats, chickens, and cows. There was also a great playground and lots of trails for walking in the nearby park along the river. We took a packed lunch and strolled around while Zoe napped in the stroller. Today it is raining; the first bad weather since I’ve been here. So I’m not sure what we’ll be up to; mostly just staying here at Bethany’s apartment cleaning up and getting some shopping done. This evening we hope to go to downtown Dusseldorf for a nice dinner, some drinks, and the nightlife along the Rhine.

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