A grand day out

After a hectic first week of the new semester I decided to believe the weather forecast and spent the probably last sunny day of October  – yesterday – outside!

Today I’ve already “had a row” with the lovely people from our examinations department – the hazard of red tape – and dragging my heavy notebook to the library on a tram stuffed to the brim was no picnic either.

So, I’m really glad I had such a nice walk yesterday and I’ve sneaked back to flickr to lighten my mood the whole morning (it’s Monday, after all). Have a look:

 

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I seem to have developed a slight obsession with bridges since our London adventure so I took the path along the Rhine to the Theodor-Heuss-Bridge upstream and crossed the river. The sparsely developed left river bank adds a sense of open space and vastness which is usually lacking in the city.

 

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Getting down from the bridge and back to the river bank turned out a bit tricky but involved walking under these beautiful trees…

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Good thing I’m so short, the branches were very low.

Then it was back to the Rhine walking downstream…

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I seldom walk on this side of the river which is a pity because the view is really nice from here:

 

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My father and I used to come here sometimes when I was little to look for shells and skip stones. Lots of those to find on the beach! Unfortunately, I seem to have lost my skills in skipping stones 😦

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There were some early kites even though it wasn’t really windy enough, but what a lovely old-school kite!

 

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…and lots of people just sitting in the sun, having a picnic and enjoying the afternoon. I forgot to pack something to eat or drink so  I took to the bridges again on my way home towards a much needed cup of tea .

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As you can see I was not the only one having a grand day out!

 

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Now it’s back to work and back to knitting tonight – weather forecast tells me I really need to get my cold weather gear in order!

Have a nice week!

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4 thoughts on “A grand day out

  1. barefootrooster 17. October 2011 / 2:50 pm

    beautiful — and just what we need sometimes. hope your week is off to a good start!

  2. Svenja 17. October 2011 / 9:04 pm

    I love the kite, too. Haven’t seen a simple one like that in ages. =)
    Oh, and I just love the Wallace & Gromit movie with the same title as your post (the one where they fly to the moon to have a picnic and are chased by an oven on wheels); thanks for reminding me of that! Have to watch it again soon.
    I hope you collected enough sunshine to bring you through the week.

  3. katie m. 29. October 2011 / 5:21 pm

    That sounds like a very lovely walk, indeed.

  4. Philippa 30. October 2011 / 11:22 am

    What a lovely post! Your pictures of the Rhine with its bridges and high-rise buildings, domes and spires do indeed remind me of the London banks of the Thames. Only your trees are much more handsome.

    Good luck with all the red tape. It’s no fun, so I’m glad you managed to cheer yourself up.

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