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PART 3 2005 TWO MONTHS IN NORDHORN, GERMANY
WHY NORDHORN, GERMANY?
After more than a dozen trips to Europe ranging from two to five months and visiting most countries, Jane and I have
looked for peace and tranquility. We also live to bicycle and love law and order coupled with solid quality away from
the tourist traps.
You can’t get to Nordhorn by train and there is no bus service from Holland.
Nordhorn was once a bustling busy industrial city that was the center of the textile trade connected in all directions
by canal and powered with hydro and peat. Now that era has passed leaving a quiet and peaceful sanctuary of
residential tranquility we love and enjoy.
The following photos give a glimpse into our two-month stay and bicycling excursions in and around the Nordhorn
THESE ARE OUR BIKES AND OUR OUTFITS THAT WE USE TO EXPLORE THIS, “GRENZE”, BORDER AREA OF
GERMANY AND HOLLAND.
RIDING THE “NORTH-SOUTH CANAL” IN SPRINGTIME JANE IS HER HAPPIEST AND HEALTHIEST. THIS CANAL
PASSES WITHIN 200 METERS OF OUR APARTMENT IN NORDHORN.
ABOVE I AM HEADING NORTH ON THE “NORTH-SOUTH CANAL”. THE SPRINGTIME BUDS ARE JUST
STARTING TO FILL THE TREES AND FRESH AIR AND FLOWERS WELCOME OUR RIDE.
THIS “GRENZE” BIKE ROUTE FOLLOWS THE BORDER OF GERMANY AND HOLLAND THROUGH MANY
KILOMETERS OF WOODED FOREST SUCH AS THIS. THE BORDER MARKER IS INSCRIBED WITH THE DATE
ONE OF MANY COVERED SHELTERS WE ENJOY… JUST FOR BIKERS.
JUST FOR BIKERS AND HIKERS: THESE HELPFUL SIGNS GIVE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION AND ARE FOUND
AT EVERY INTERSECTION.
ONE OF THE MANY REGULARS TO BE FOUND AT THE FARMERS MARKET IN DOWNTOWN NORDHORN IS
THIS COLORFUL “MUSICMAN” WITH HIS HANDSOME DOGS.
A SPRING DAY ON ONE OF NORDHORN’S MANY PEACEFUL DOWNTOWN WALKING STREETS
AT THE END OF THIS CANAL CAN BE SEEN THE CHURCH TOWER IN THE CITY CENTER, A PROMINENT
LANDMARK VISIBLE FROM MANY POINTS AROUND TOWN. THIS SPOT IS ONLY HALF A KILOMETER FROM
OUR LOVELY APARTMENT AND WE OFTEN TIMES COME HERE TO HAVE OUR COFFEE AND SOAK UP THE
AMBIANCE WHILE WE DREAM OUR DREAMS.
THIS IS THE NORDHORN WAR MEMORIAL TO THOSE THAT PERISHED IN THE WORLD WARS INCLUDING
THEIR JEWISH NEIGHBORS.
NORTH OF NORDHORN AT GEORGSDORF WE MAKE ONE OF OUR DAILY BICYCLE TOURS THAT AVERAGE
MORE THAN 30 KILOMETERS.
NOT EVERY DAY IS SUNNY, BRIGHT AND WARM AND HERE YOU CAN SEE ME DRESSED IN MY BIKE
OUTFIT THAT RESEMBLES A SNOWMOBILE SUIT. I AM WARM, DRY AND COMFORTABLE.
ON A BIKE TRIP EAST TO THE CITY OF LINGEN JANE SNAPS A PHOTO THAT CAPTURES BOTH OF OUR
REFLECTIONS IN THE STORE WINDOW AS SHE PHOTOGRAPHS THIS MAIL CARRIER.
ACROSS THE BORDER IN OOTMARSUM, HOLLAND, A PLACE WE VISIT NEARLY EVERY WEEK, THE PHOTO
IN NEARBY DENEKAMP, NETHERLANDS I GET A PHOTO OF JANE WITH THE MAIN STREET AND BRICKED
BIKE PATH, “FIETSPAD” BEHIND HER.
FROM THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, JANE TAKES MY PHOTO.
HAPPY TRAILS WITH JANE.
OUR BEST BIKE RIDING PARTNER, TILMAN STÜRMER AND I CRUISE THE BACK COUNTRY ROADS OF
End Note: We arrived in Nordhorn during cherry blossom time after a month of adventuresome travels from Mexico
to north Germany.
We traveled by bike, bus, taxi, train, ship and airplane. From Mexico to Florida we traveled by air, from Florida to
Genoa, Italy we traveled by ship with ten ports in the Caribbean, Atlantic, and Mediterranean. Then we crossed
Europe by bicycle and train for a week through the Swiss Alps, the Black Forest, and then along the Rhine River to
two magnificent months in our favorite sanctuary of Nordhorn, Germany.
As our favorite German author Hermann Hesse so aptly put it in his novel Steppenwolf when he wrote of the “Magic
Theater”, “NOT FOR EVERYBODY!”
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THIS IS DOWNTOWN NORDHORN WITH
THE “TOOTER” STATUE THAT
CELEBRATES THE BYGONE DAYS OF
THE HEAVY COMMERCE ON THE CITY’S
MANY CANALS. THE “TOOTER” STATUE
NOW GAZES ACROSS A QUIET CANAL TO
THE CITY’S CENTRAL PLAZA WHERE A
TWICE WEEKLY FARMERS MARKET
DRAWS A LARGE CROWD OF FAITHFUL