Today we were going to Schloss Lembeck. It’s another water castle i.e. it has a moat. It’s a lovely place with a beautiful garden. It’s still inhabited by the owner, though some of it is a museum – which wasn’t open. Of course. But the park was, so Daniel, Eileen and I wandered through there, with Birgit, my stepmother’s niece, and her husband, both of whom I’d just met in the flesh for the first time! It was really great, though it would have been nicer in better circumstances, but still…beautiful:
And I didn’t resist with the close-ups of flowers and fungi etc this time:
And that was the last of the photos from the trip.
After the castle we went for lunch in town and then a bakery for coffee after the restaurant closed. Birgit and Helmut had to drive back to near Hannover, so we headed back to Daniel’s place and got ready for the BBQ we were having at another friend’s place. That was a really nice evening too.
The next day we’d planned to go to the Lorelei, but it was raining and Eileen was feeling miserable with her cold, so we stayed at Daniel’s and Eileen stayed in bed most of the day while Daniel, Silke and I watched some old movies and caught up some more. That evening we had to pack for our early start back home. We had to get up at 3am to drive to the airport in Dusseldorf and then the first of three flights back home. Poor Daniel and Silke had to get up just as early to get us there, too. The queues at the airport were crazy long, but moved fairly quickly to drop our luggage off. But the security queue took forever. We could hear people in line worrying about missing their flights, waiting in line. The flight ended up being an hour late in takeoff. We had plenty of time in Zurich though, so we had breakfast there. Unfortunately, our flight to Singapore was also delayed by nearly an hour and we only had an hour layover there, so that was scary. Once we arrived in Singapore, we had to rush to the other end of the terminal (by skytrain!) to get the last leg home. I felt really sorry for Eileen with her cold and having to go through all this. But we got there in the end.
Of course, I got Eileen’s cold and was laid up with it for a week afterwards, but at least I was home… The joys of travel!