This past weekend, we ventured out to explore a new city, Esslingen! This city is famed for its Medieval-style Christmas fair, and we’ve found that it’s also beautiful in the summer. We went with no plan or expectations, which pays off sometimes …
… because sometimes you get to the train station of your destination and find out that the only elevator to take you out is broken! A lovely woman walked by as I was pressing the button to call it, and she pointed out that it was broken and has been broken for a very long time. Usually our public transit app warns us of problems like this. I actually took this photo so that I could call the phone number to report it. I keep forgetting!
Nope, not getting out of here without an elevator.
It was good we had a cell signal so we could find an easy route back. All we had to do was take the train one stop back the way we had come then find the bus which took us into Esslingen. Sure, it took an extra forty minutes, but we made it. All well and good!
After persevering toward our destination, we were well rewarded.
Of course, first stop, gelato, sold in an old tower on a cobblestone street. How quaint. You know what’s even more quaint?
Pretty much everything about this old city, and we only saw a portion of it.
Here was a happy surprise:
It’s an Onion Fest! We apparently came on the right weekend. We love food. Obviously.
We just walked through at this point, and when Michael wanted to buy some food we realized we’d need to find an ATM, so we headed out. Aaaaand, then I spotted this cute café … I went to check it out, and despite two steps to get in the front entrance (do you see them?) there were about three signs on the building saying to just ask for the accessible entrance. It looked so cozy inside, so I convinced Michael to go.
Actually, it was more like Michael asking me, “Do you want to go there?” And me saying, “Yes! Can we? Do you mind? It’s so cute inside! They have an accessible entrance! Do you want coffee?”
Sometimes buildings have a secret passageway especially for wheelchair users. It’s usually at the back or around the side. And sometimes you get to tour an employee-only work area or storage room. If there’s no sign (because, like I said, it might be secret) just ask!
Anyways, we found this chess board that I knew Michael would love. It was a beautiful wooden set. He was all cocky because I don’t play chess. And then he crushed me, of course. I think he took my Queen within about five moves.
With coffee finished and the café closed, necessities are needed.
Notice anything? Michael said, “Stop! Why are you taking a photo of me coming out of a women’s bathroom?” Why, dear? Just to tease you on social media.
I’m just kidding!
Photos are just better at illustrating. That accessible bathroom door on the left was locked, and there was nobody around to give us a key. We find that all too often. There are certain places that we know have accessible bathrooms, and we are always strategic with bathroom stops unless we go somewhere new like this.
As a male/female pair, it can certainly be tricky trying to find bathrooms that we can both go in. When nature calls, you gotta do what you gotta do.
By this point in the afternoon, done enjoying ourselves with coffee and treats at the café, I think we both really needed to eat real food. Both of our brains start malfunctioning when our blood sugars go wonky. Michael is the only one with a good excuse though. You know, brain injury and all.
Michael asked to come back to this Onion Fest stall. I swear we spent about ten minutes at this particular stall, just waiting for him to decide what to eat. When I started getting quite frustrated and asked him to please either get something or move on, he told me he thought we were there for me. Silly Michael!
Anyways, after eating, we had to head back to the S-Bahn (train) station, but the next bus didn’t come for a half hour, so we decided to walk. It really was nice as the area was bordered on one side with a hill covered with grape vines. Vineyards are a common sight here.
Also, the following beautiful stairway. I thought it looked like a path to the secret garden. Where do you think it leads?
Maybe it leads to this sunset. What a beautiful ending to a marvelous afternoon!
From Germany with love,