We spent the morning investigating the Fürst Pückler Park on our bikes - old trees, a viaduct, views to the palace, a little lake.
Out of curiosity we had a look at the enormous outdoor market at the Polish border. Many German shoppers there saving money on cigarettes and other goods that are cheaper in Poland. A rather tawdry scene. No pictures.
Around noon we were ready to be on our way to Berlin. We had several heavy downpours before we arrived. It is now raining again as I write and we are comfortably ensconced in our hotel.
Before checking out of our hotel in Görlitz, we took another walk through the city. We were even more amazed than yesterday at the extent of the restoration of this city which is truly unique in its wealth of historical architecture.
For contrast I took some shots of buildings not yet restored as well as of the impressive restorations.
A short drive took us to the town of Leknica on the Polish side of the Neiße River where we had booked a room for the night. On the way we stopped for coffee in Rothenburg - not the world famous Rothenburg on the Tauber but Rothenburg on the Neiße. It had the feeling of a village of dolls houses, all in such good repair.
What are we doing in Poland? From our little hotel close to the German border we have easy access to the splendid Muskauer Park. As soon as we had carried our bags to our room, we got on our bikes to get a first impression of the carefully planned, English style park and the palace of Prince Pückler, its architect. .
After a short walk in Marienbad's park and dodging showers, we were on our way. Quickly moving dark grey clouds and short downpours made us happy that we weren't on our bikes yet. Then the heavy traffic on the autobahn made us wish we were on our bikes (and quiet roads).
We are now in Görlitz, a city that survived the war without being bombed, but hardly survived the severe neglect during 40 years of socialism.
It has now been magnificently restored - Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau, you name it, all polished to perfection. It's a bit like a museum, some patina will do it good.
There's a lot more than what we got to see on our evening walk.
We're on our way. By car and with our bikes. A leisurely drive through Bavarian countryside, past fields and fields of hops.
With a stop in Rohr to visit the Asam church there, splendid baroque.
We almost visited Marienbad last year by bike, but didn't quite make it. Now we're here although the film "Last Year in Marienbad" wasn't filmed in Marienbad anyway, but in Nymphenburg in Munich.
Last but not least, we enjoyed an excellent meal with Bohemian bread dumplings and Czech beer.
A perfect day.
Janos and I will soon be on our way to Berlin, and from there our bike tour will start. With some trepidation. We are experienced bicycle tourers but we are getting older... need I say more?
A few things I want to keep in mind:
1. We are not competing with our former achievements.
2. Whenever we stop, be it after one day, one week or three, it will not be considered quitting, failure or giving up; it will simply mean we had enough.
3. If it's not enjoyable, it's not worth the effort.
4. At the age of 76 and 78 it's time to think about what is really important.
I'm hoping to blog and post pictures made with my smartphone while traveling. This post is a trial run.
PS The picture of the youthful cyclists in this post is not of Janos and me, in case you didn't guess.