Saturday, 27 March 2010

Far, far away in a little town in Germany....

Today I drove with 2 friends to Linz, a little town on the Rhine about 10 kilometers south of Bad Honnef. Linz is a little jewel of a town, with ancient, half-timbered and stone houses dating back several hundred years, and 2 towers dating back to the middle ages. We almost ran from house to house, it was just unbelievable to see soooo many beautiful houses together. Many of the houses have hand painted sayings along the front, others were adorned with carvings, ornate lead plates, windows with hand made lace and artistically carved doors. One house - and its door - had been adorned with dozens of ancients tools, hammers, pliers etc. One old stone house had a wonderful double door with carved, 8-pointed stars set into it. I could ramble on for ages talking about it, because it was just one of those magical days where everything seems to fit - a parking lot directly opposite the old gate-tower, wonderful things to see, sunshine and blue skies, good company and last but not least a wonderful café with superb coffee and cake, and friendly, smiling waiters.
To cut a long story short - if ever you're somewhere near Linz, go and see it!




11 comments:

  1. Will do Val! It really does look magical.
    Sue xx

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  2. It was like a trip back into the past, just lovely!

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  3. What a lovely place to visit, good to see the old buildings haven't been replaced with modern ones, thanks for showing us..Tessa

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  4. Beautiful photos Valerie, such lovely buildings and the area looks so clean and tidy. Why dont we build beautiful buildings any more...progress pah!
    Sue x

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  5. they are beautiful buildings, vall. so pretty.
    enjoy the rest of your stay.
    gina xxxxxx

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  6. what unusual dolls vall, very different to here.
    gina xxxxxx

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  7. What wonderful houses, enjoy your stay!! T

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  8. oh lovely buildings and WOW was that a cheesecake... YUM... hope all is going well there, hugs...

    maria x

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  9. This looks a magical place to visit. Thank you for sharing the photos Val. jeanieg xx

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