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January 23, 2014

It Appears That It’s Not Just Family Kiwidutch That Prefers To Remain Anonymous…

Filed under: Aldenhoven,FOOD,German Cuisine,GERMANY,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Another post about our summer of 2012 adventures through small snippets of England, Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Germany with visiting friend “Velvetine” from Singapore.

We are about to leave the small German town of Aldenhoven, and start the day with a typical German breakfast of  a selection of breads, cheeses and cold meats.

The breakfast room downstairs is also the back end of the bar, and  considering that fact that the place looks like it caters almost exclusively to  local clientèle, the tables are probably what were used in the restaurant when it was functioning too.  I later found that I only had two photographs of the table we breakfasted at, and both featured Himself and the kids, so I edited them out for the purposes of our family privacy and my policy of not putting identifying photographs on the internet.

I also have one more interesting “find” to show you: a lovely tower that is almost opposite the “man in the doorway” statue that I featured in yesterdays post. I didn’t find any information boards for it, not even a solitary name board, but clearly it’s an important  building because it ‘s featured on a plaque close by (which also had no name or other identifying information), and then again on another board about the town along with the little chapel and large church  we saw earlier and some other buildings we missed seeing.

I find my wish for anonymity a logical one,  after all in real life you wouldn’t be shouting out your personal details and those of  your children to complete strangers, so why do it on the web? But for a town that clearly gets very few tourists, to not promote it’s finest buildings for the few that come, to not even identify these lovely historic beauties with a simple name tag?  What a desperate shame, what a missed opportunity.

I see a lovely tower like this, clearly a loved local historic building and the historian in me would love to know what it was… who it was built by and when?, what it started life as and what it’s used for now?…  but instead we leave with a sigh, guessing and wondering.  For now at least, even with the best will and a little blog exposure on the internet, this little tower remains as anonymous as Family Kiwidutch.

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January 22, 2014

A Doorway Into Your Imagination, Or A Window Into The World?…

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Another retrospective post from my travel diary of the summer of 2012.

Family Kiwidutch and visiting Singaporean friend “Velvetine” are in the small German town of Aldenhoven, and having eaten rather too much dinner, have opted for a short walk around the area of our hotel.

Jut down the street, we find a statue of a man standing behind a door.

It’s a stable door in two parts, the lower part is closed, the upper part of the door is not represented.

The man leans through the open upper frame, looking out into the distance with his straight arms clasped.

Two pairs of wooden clogs (one set smaller than the other suggesting  that they are “His” and Her’s”, or possibly a parent and child pairs) are propped against the outside of the door, they also suggest farm work  or fishing wharf  work since in many areas of Europe wooden clogs were historically used in wet areas or muddy fields as they keep the wearers feet drier and warmer than other available materials in the days before the invention of rubber boots. It’s an interesting statue…Let’s take a look…

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January 21, 2014

New Styles Built On Historic Themes…

Filed under: Aldenhoven,ART,GERMANY,PHOTOGRAPHY,Statues / Sculpture — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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In continuation of yesterday’s blog post, Family Kiwidutch and friend “Velvetine” have finished (well, done our best to finish) a massive meal at Mondo’s Pizzeria in the small German town of  Aldenhoven and are now making our way back to our hotel. On the way we pass a church: it doesn’t look particularly old, but it grabs my attention because of it’s mixture of styles and quirky nature. There’s also a carved stone pole or statue close by… it features figures, buildings and what I assume may be biblical scenes in a spiral form around it, together with the church they are new, but I get the idea that many of the concepts around their design follow ancient themes. It’s certainly an unusual amalgamation of  architectural features…

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January 20, 2014

Pizzeria Mondo Gets Saucy…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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I’ve been busy sorting out hundreds thousands of photographs from our summer of 2012 travels, where we took visiting Singaporean friend “Velvetine” on a mini trip around Europe, cramming in as many counties, places and adventures as we could along the way.

Of course we only managed tiny snippets of each country, but this was intended to be the “taster” version of a holiday, where Velvetine could get a little hint of the flavour of each country and then maybe, save up for a longer trip in one (or more) of them at a later date.

Today’s blog post finds us in the small German town of  Aldenhoven, walking around looking for a place to eat.

We were there on a Sunday and for some reason we pass two restaurants which are closed on Sundays, so either the people here prefer to not work  or eat out on the Sabbath, or since it was August when we were there, possibly the proprietors were talking a well earned holiday.

Luckily further down the main street we find a pizzeria called “Pizzeria Mondo” which the kids are delighted about.  We are all really hungry and the menu is massive so there was something for everyone.

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The kids want a Hawaiian pizza and spaghetti (yes, spaghetti!) pizza, Velvetine and Himself  opt for pasta dishes. I also order a large salad for everyone to share. The salad arrives, and they haven’t been sparing with the dressing on the top… it’s almost swimming in the stuff.

I fancied a schnitzel: it’s a meat that I like but have had difficulty perfecting at home, and I’ve learned that there are few places outside of Germany, even restaurants, that really cook them well.

Now that we are in Germany I have the opportunity to get one cooked by an expert so am not going to pass up the opportunity.

The pizza’s are huge and the pasta is filling, it’s lucky everyone is hungry because there’s enough food here to feed a small army.

My schnitzel’s were cooked perfectly, and once I rescued some dressing-free salad from the bottom of the salad mountain (dairy based dressing’s are bad for my asthma) I had an excellent meal.

Velvetine and Himself said the pasta dishes were “ok” and they helped the kids with pizza since the kids were struggling.

By the end of the meal we all agreed that it was just as well we had to walk a bit further to find this place: we definitely needed to burn off a few calories by the time we waddled back to the hotel.  Haute cuisine it was not, but it was tasty, the portions were huge and most welcome after a day on the road.

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January 19, 2014

Starting Romance By The Chapel With A Kiss, …Or Was That A Peck On The Cheek?

Filed under: Aldenhoven,GERMANY,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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In this post about our retrospective travels and adventures of the summer of 2012, Family Kiwidutch and visiting Singaporean friend “Velvetine” have arrived in the small German town of Aldenhoven.

We have unpacked our bags at the hotel of yesterday’s post, a quaint throwback of accommodation as it used to be  in the days before en suite bathrooms and trendy coordinated colour schemes.

Now hunger pangs have prompted a walk outside to find an establishment that sells food and  the stretch of legs is most welcome after a decent proportion of the day spent in the car. The evening is warm and balmy so I take my camera for a walk whilst we look around.

A short walk away, close to the church we find a beautiful little building: a chapel from 1654 from the information board in German  and plenty to photograph. I smiled at the photos of the birds on the rooftop aerial, first they both sat on opposite parts of it, then they sat together side by side getting to know one another, finally it looked like they started a little romance with a kiss… or should that be a peck on the cheek?

Other birds are on congregated on a rooftop close by and the kids enjoy running around… Let’s take a look…

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January 18, 2014

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

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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.

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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.

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