Thursday, November 04, 2010
Walk in My Shoes Wednesday -- Cycling to Eckental, Holland-Style
At the edge of Steinbach (don't try to google it, it's pointless) are sheep. They're hard to get to, because there is no sidewalk on their side of the street, and drivers are permitted to go dangerously fast on this road. But, with just a bit of determination passersby can reach their enclosure and watch them retreat skittishly. :)
Next comes Brand, literally translated as "Fire". Like most villages in this area, it's estimated to be nearly a thousand years old. Locals know Brand for it's fabulous (and oh so overpriced) "House of Sports" gym and it's Aldi Supermarket. Approaching Aldi on the first day of freshly advertised products is inadviseable. Feeling brave? Get there early. Very early. But hey, it was adventure I was after (which I tend to define as all new experiences and impressions), so in I went. Nudging my way through the crowds, there was no doubt I'd find things that I couldn't live without. Within minutes I was toting three items around the store, with only enough cash for two. (Locals, be advised: If you're looking for a size 40 of the women's "weatherproof" winter boots, do not look under the Christmas napkin display, PLEASE!). Needless to say, I'll be going back with the car tonight.
The adventure continued along some unmarked dirt bicycle path, with me unsure of my next destination. It ended up being the town of Eckental, where I cycled right past our pediatrician's office (I never thought it was that close!). Eckental also has a little restaurant and bakery, so it serves as a good spot for a break. I highly recommend the chocolate croissants at the "Kalchreuter" bakery (my local favorite).
Homeward bound, I contemplated taking a different way home, which would take me through other villages, but decided they were worth an altogether separate outing. So stay tuned for my trip to sweet Großgeschaidt!
I loved this week's Walk in My Shoes Wednesday, and hope that you did too. If you have a blog and are interested in doing something similar, just let me know and I'll post your link!
Signing off from Kleinsendelbach, Germany,