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Upcoming September Events

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Just a quick note to let you know about a few upcoming events that I look forward to every year.

Event number one is this weekend is the Schildesche Stadtfest with one of my favorite fleamarkets of the year and Carnival with rides and games. The festival runs from Friday until Sunday and includes shows and concerts as well. The weather looks pretty good, so it should be fun. Just take the Line 1 to the end at Schildesche and follow the people going down the street. You will not be able to miss it.

Event number two is a special day sponsored by Bielefeld and Hereford called ohne auto mobil. On September 29 (Sunday), the entire 10 kms between Bielefeld and Hereford will be closed off from 10am to 6pm to autos for bicyclers, rollerbladers, walkers, etc. The last time they had this event was a few years ago and I can really recommend it. The length is not hilly and there are plenty of stops along the way for bathroom breaks and water. At the end in Hereford is a festival. Last time we biked to Hereford, had some lunch and then biked home, but of course if you have smaller kids, you can take the train home from Hereford. More information can be found here:

http://www.bielefeld.de/ftp/dokumente/ohne_auto_mobil_2013.pdf

Autumn is in the air, but we can still have fun outside!! See you there!

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Rhine in Flames 2012

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My husband and I are festival people, and if there’s one thing Europe has, it’s lots of festivals!  Last year we went to the Rhine in Flames festival in St. Goar.  St. Goar is a beautiful little town on the Rhine river, right smack in the middle of the stretch of river with the highest density of castles….30 castles in 30 miles!

The Rhine in Flames festival is essentially an annual fireworks show.  During the summer months, the festival begins on one end of the Rhine and moves every few weekends down the river, celebrating as it goes.  At sunset, tourist ferries crowd the river, decked out in festive lights.  That alone is a sight to see!

A cannon in the darkness begins the festival!  Castles on either side of the river simulate a midieval battle with fireworks.  Barges on the river also shoot off fireworks.

Why am I telling you all this?  Because Rhine in Flames 2012 is here!  The festival will be in Oberwesel September 8th, and then in St. Goar September 15th.  More information can be found on their website: http://www.rhein-in-flammen.com/

Patty