Time Travel – Part 3

Blogging the best bits – Part 3 (Part 1 can be read here and Part 2 here)

Sadly the time came for F to leave 😦 It’s gone so fast!! We waved her off at the airport and followed on a couple of days later driving the Germany with all her luggage 🙂

We had an amazing few days staying with her family. They were exceptional hosts and made us feel very welcome. We hardly saw the girls, they went off on their own into town, to dance class, to a tree top adventure park and even went to school with F, which they loved 🙂

We had some lovely walks, their house is situated on the edge of a huge forest with a walkway through a zoo so we even saw some tiger cubs 🙂

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Took a trip on the hanging train 🙂

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Whilst the girls were in town us adults visited the museum of early industrialisation which was very interesting.

It was great to see working spinning machines and looms but so noisy! It must have been awful for the people to sit in huge rooms full of these machines clickety-clacking all day!

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This was the schedule for a typical day for a child from 6 years old.

Up at 5am a one hour break from 1200 until 1300, food between 1900 and 2000 then school from 2000 until 2200 then to bed to be up again for 5am 😦

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The house of Frederich Engles, who was the son of a cotton manufacturer. The house is typical of the style of this area, slate covered building, green doors and shutters with white window frames.

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Whilst the girls went to school, D & C took us to a sculpture park. Tony Cragg is an British sculptor who purchased the grounds and started to redesign the park and buildings, installing his sculptures. Its a beautiful area and we really enjoyed walking round. Definitely a place to revisit as I can imagine the changing of the seasons change the atmosphere too.

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Exhibition by a guest sculptor

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The girls decided to go to a tree top adventure park and were going to make their own way back via bus and train!

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Reading the rules

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Getting harnessed up…

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And off they go 🙂

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So another day out for the grown ups 🙂 This time we visited Muengsten Bridge highest road bridge in Germany, we crossed the river Wupper and walked into the beautiful town of Solingen, took a chair lift to the castle and walked back again through the forest by the river. We must have walked miles but it was worth it, we had such a lovely day 🙂

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This is how we crossed the river, its a hand cranked contraption and its hard work!!

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Going up….

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Going down…

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The girls had a great day out too, really enjoyed their tree top adventure – we all slept well! 🙂

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jan
    May 29, 2013 @ 22:22:42

    There are plenty of industrial museums around here, not surprisingly – was amused to see a machine made in Stalybridge, just over the hill. Engels also spent some time in Manchester – I think there were a lot of industrial links between the two cities

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