Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The Dusseldorf Diaries: Day 5: Friday 8 May 2009

And so to our final day in Dusseldorf.

As our flight’s not leaving until this evening it gave us the opportunity to spend some more time in some of our favourite Dusseldorf hangouts as well as exploring some other streets between the Altstadt and Konigsallee. On this holiday we haven’t covered almost every area of the city, the way we usually do, but it has been nice to slow down the pace.

We stroll down to the riverside and spend some time sitting watching the Rhine, which is a busy "working river" with all that container traffic making its way up and down this long waterway.

I don’t know how long spargel-season lasts, but almost every restaurant has some asparagus dish on the menu. (It was the same in Cologne yesterday). We have lunch at a little Italian restaurant down a side street off Berger Strasse, and I have an asparagus risotto, which is very nice indeed.

We walk from Heinrich Heine Allee to Konigsallee, where the mustard-jacket count dramatically increases. For men of a certain age and annual salary, beige/mustard is the new black. Olive green is big here too. And his and hers matching raincoats! Although the raincoats aren’t required today, as it’s another lovely day.

But all good things have to come to an end and it’s time to head back to the hotel, collect our luggage and take a taxi to the airport.

In a strange twist, whilst we were getting ready to take off, the skies became darker and the rain came on. It was as if Dusseldorf was saying goodbye to us, you’re going home, back to reality, back to swine flu and Susan Boyle, back to the cold rainy weather......now when’s our next holiday????

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