Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sight seeing in Osnabruck, Germany

Consider this the modern day version of me getting out the projector and making you watch my slide show of my trip to Germany.
The Monday after we got to Germany, hubby had meetings at the factory and I was free to roam the city and sight see. I was a little apprehensive about heading out in a strange, unfamiliar city in a foreign country all by myself, but didn't want to pass up a wonderful opportunity. I first stopped for brunch at an adorable little crepe shop. It was small, quaint and the lady made the crepes right in front of you. Mine was a ham, onion and mushroom and mighty tasty. After using most of my German I had learned, I asked the waitress if she spoke English. A young girl seemed thrilled to be seeing what I assumed to be her first American. She whispered to her dad the whole time while looking at me and said good bye when they left. I was taken aback by the man with the two dogs in the restaurant, but they were well behaved and it seems to be a normal thing there. After eating I set out to see what I could see. I absolutely fell in love with the town and all of the shops and of course wanted to buy almost everything in all of them, but we had only brought so many Euros with us. I settled on a couple of Christmas items for me and some small things for others, but here is some of the things I saw that caught my eye.

An outfit in a wonderful little shop that I wanted to buy Kate, but it was way out of my price range. Everyone wears scarves over there, and the shops have them galore. There are so many cute little shops in the town.

The little boy with the hobby horse is kind of a symbol of the town. It has a really cool story that goes along with it. Each year, in October in fact all the school kids get out of school and ride their hobby horses around the town square, and the town council hands out pretzels to them all. It all revolves around the story, that is too long to get into here, but if you are actually interested in it, let me know, and I'll fill you in.

I was amazed to find Bob the Builder and took this picture for my son.

A couple of things that were outside of shops. They caught my eye and I thought they were cool. Who knew German pigs had wings and zebra stripes!

SOME of the beautiful things I wanted to buy for myself and others.

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I really wanted all of these for myself. Unfortunately, they were WAY to expensive.
The bottom of the two middle pictures of arched decorations was 617 Euros, which equals $864. The one in the picture above was only 429 Euros which equaled $601. Move along, move along, nothing to buy here.

Two paintings I really like in a shop. I took these pictures through the window. The shop was not open.

Like I said, the town is just beautiful, old and quaint. I fell in love and can't wait to go back.

This row of houses is famous in town. Not the one on the right, but the seven to the left of it. You can buy a plethora of stuff with a silhouette or pictures of these on it.

They have beautiful churches there. They are all so old and so full of history. I thought the gargoyles on them were awesome.

All in all, I felt very safe and had a wonderful time wandering the streets. It was very relaxing to just wander and window shop. While waiting to be picked up by the bus to meet up with the husbands for a party at the factory I just sat and enjoyed people watching. So many people walk or ride their bikes, and the cars are all so small. It really felt like another world.........or maybe just another country.

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