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January 18, 2014

Finding A Room In Aldenhoven, And Stepping Back In Time…

Filed under: Aldenhoven,GERMANY,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In this post about our 2012 summer travels, we have arrived in the small German town of  Aldenhoven and are looking for somewhere to stay the night.

To say that the town was quiet was an understatement, the streets were pretty well deserted, so we drove around for at least ten minutes looking for signs of accommodation or someone to ask directions for some.

Eventually after we had more or less covered every street in the place we found a man who recommended a place that apparently had a landlady who was an excellent cook and had rooms as well, so this sounded perfect.

We followed the directions given and Himself went inside and made enquiries: the cook was an elderly lady who was the previous day out of hospital after a hip replacement operation and who’s elderly husband had banned from kitchen duty whilst she recovered. Many apologies were given for  there being no possibility of an in-house meal, as he confessed to being rather useless in the kitchen. There were however rooms available for the night, which we accepted since we had seen nothing else and everyone was rather tired and wishing an end to the car travel by now. We (ok, mostly Himself) lugged the suitcases upstairs and then the giggles started.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Stepping into the rooms was like stepping back in time… in  fact, Himself, Singaporean friend “Velvetine”and I started a quiet debate on which part of “time” we had stepped back into. The nineteen sixties,  seventies and early eighties were all debated, but in fact it’s highly possible that each of the rooms were a mixture of all three: the lime green loo, yellow bath, with purple tiles and green chequered floor looked like interior design done during a nightmare hangover, or on the high of the night before.

There were multiple rooms leading off the upstairs hallway, the double for Himself and I had the pillows pumped up like little meringue mountains, and the furniture hailed from every year of the last four decades.

The beds were of typical German style: a single duvet for each person and true to every private or commercial stay we have ever experienced in Germany, the beds were extremely comfortable and the duvet system warm/cool enough for a perfect night’s sleep.

There were some doors on the outside at the back that were richly decorated in beautiful ironwork decoration, hinges etc, and a faded sign out the front that bore testament to the fact that this place had been commended as a place of culinary excellence, probably in it’s hay-day of decades past.

The elderly proprietor was very friendly and hoped everything was in order… and reading between the lines we figured we were probably the first guests here in rather a long time. Possibly a very very long time. We freshen up a little and then the hunger pangs start to kick in… Time to get out and about and look for somewhere to dine.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

 

 

 

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