Day 6 – Europa Park

Woke up early today and went for a run in Rust town. My favourite thing about German architecture is its fairly tale quality. While many of its houses are post war boxes, there are enough turrets, balconies and pointed roofs to remind you that Rapunzel and Rumplestiltskin (spelling?) might live here.

Europa Park is essentially part Disney copy and part roller coaster amusement park. We couldn’t see it all in one day, but caught most of what we wanted. The theme is similar to Epcot (different lands), but here they are all European lands and each has a great coaster of some sort. It lacks the subtlety of Disney and a bit of the detail. However, it’s huge, about half the price and they don’t fleece you on food, souvenirs and peripheries. Finally – and this is a very big plus for Lorna – there are no English or Americans. It feels foreign and unknown, and that’s what Lorna likes on holiday.

Lorna surprised us by coming with us on the Roller Coasters today (NB I know I’m being disloyal in publishing this photo…but it is quite funny). She only missed one (Mir). She even instigated going on a ride that was essentially an excuse for a water fight. I quite liked the fact that there was some variety in the entertainment at Europa Park. For example – in the English land (sorry Scotland, Wales and the other one that thinks it’s part of Britain) – there was an area that allowed you to throw heavy balls at china crockery. This is, of course, familiar tonal those English people who frequent English fetes. However, there was a good crowd of German young men who were enjoying thus new concept.

Tilly and Nancy seemed to have a great say, and we’ll hear from Tilly later on her thoughts.

Towards the end of the day, we drove across Southern Germany to Fussen. Chose a Chinese for dinner (because other Chinese were eating there*) and had an excellent meal.

Apartment we are renting is large with spectacular views of the mountains from each of balconies.

Julian

* NB we later found that they were also tourists.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sarah on July 28, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Love the photo and very proud of Lorna

    Reply

  2. Posted by Juliet on July 28, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Lorna is wearing exactly the expression I would be wearing on a roller coaster — that is if you could ever get me on one. She is a braver woman than I!

    Reply

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