Monday, 24 November 2014

Bad Lippspringe

The next week or so sees us revisiting many places we have been in the past: 
Wolfhagen
Bad Arolsen
Bellersen
Höxter
Holzminden
Salzhemmendorf

Most of these are either on or close to the River Weser and we get in loads of cycling albeit returning very cold from each day's venturing. Our highlights were:
 Having a few beers with Harold below in Wolfhagen. He recognised us the second we walked in to his bar (which is quite worrying!)



The lunchtime Konditorei break in Bad Arolsen and I catch Nina eyeing up the sweetie counter,

Enjoying Nachos and a few more beers in a Tapas Bar in Höxter,
A nice lazy day in the Therme at Salzhemmendorf,


Time now to change path and we head to Bad Lippspringe more by accident really than by design as we set our sights on the ferry at the Hook of Holland in a fortnight


Odd sort of place this and mainly renown for its Health Clinics




Guys enjoying open air chess


Hameln is not too far from here so guess this may be the Pied Piper



As we walked back to the van we came across this guy, Ian, in his German Irish bar
You can guess the rest…..


Gordon and his good lady who were a great chat
Air and Army bases in these parts help keep Ian's bar popular with both locals and off duty personnel 

We entered at 5.00pm and left I'm sorry to say at 0130hrs after far too much of the Black Stuff evened out with far too many Jägermeisters

Next day we groggily headed off to Hövelhof where we parked next to the Bahnhof and set off cycling to rid our systems of the excess toxins…


Despite most folks' opinions I quite like these..


Blending in quite nicely with this Cover Crop of Rapeseed and adding a wonderful aroma to the surrounding environment


Oh no, Pendleton gets a call halfway through a training session and the momentum is lost….


Olympics?, when?, where?


Reality resumes and we take in this brick factory blotting out the natural landscape


Over the road we encircle this wetland which we guess is where they got some of their raw material from originally. Nice conservation work guys!


Paths of Pain and Gain...


No perimeter fences here, just Trust….


Our overnight stay at the Bahnhof was surprisingly tranquil and this fine scene greeted us next morning