Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Dateline Dusseldorf: A Hybrid Between KL and Penang...

If you have read my previous post somewhere long time ago, I mentioned before that I don't really like travel blogs as they tend to brag about how good and how wonderful the places are and people which are unfamiliar with them may not give a damn and may even feel jealous and envious. But what the hell-that is the whole thing a blog is about...:) So, I have broken my principle not to brag about myself too much by my previous foodblog. Now continuing from that, I will blog about my recent trip to Dusseldorf, Germany (click on the link to learn more about Dusseldorf).

Well, I was there for official matters, not for leisure. But why the hybrid of KL and Penang (minus the infamous JAWI Zouk raid and the alleged 'A Better Malaysia' Sri Hartamas raid fiasco of course)? Look at these pictures for evidence.

Here we have the 'Penang Bridge' and 'KL Tower' which made me feel like home again in Germany. So I guess the triangular shape of the Penang Bridge and the design of the KL Tower are not quite unique to Malaysia now...

Now as promised in my previous post:
1. Paying for the enter the observation deck at the airport-should it be made illegal?
Düsseldorf International Airport is located eight kilometres from the city. The Rhein-Ruhr airport, one of Germany's three biggest commercial airports, is just 12 minutes from the city centre with the S-Bahn urban railway system. After Frankfurt and Munich, Düsseldorf International is Germany's third biggest commercial airport, with about 16 million passengers annually. Three of four passengers in North Rhine-Westphalia use the flight connections to the 180 destinations in total which the airport offers.

Yes, the airport was indeed very impressive...with nice architecture and a freckled-face brat welcoming you to Dusseldorf...
"Guten Tag! Wilkommen to Dusseldorf!"

And viewing airplanes at the airport comes with a price...
Took this picture straight away and thought "I'm so blogging about this later!"

What the hell...I mean you have to PAY to get into the observation deck? I seriously think this is daylight robbery. I mean...what is so special about the aeroplanes in Dusseldorf. Are they made of gold? Tell me what you think about this matter.

2. Longest pub in the world-where the hell is it?
Well, according to Lonely Planet guide book, the Alstadt (Old Town) in Dusseldorf is affectionately referred to as the 'longest bar in the world.' Erhmmm...have a look at the following picture and judge for yourself...

Well, they have the bars along Alstadt, serving Altbier
Altbier (often abbreviated to Alt) is a dark, top-fermented type of beer from Düsseldorf and the Niederrhein region in Germany.

The name Altbier, which literally means old beer, refers to the old brewing style (top-fermenting yeast and dark malt). Up to the 1950s, Alt was also called Düssel (from Düsseldorf), but since the term is not a Protected Designation of Origin, Altbier may also be produced outside of the Düsseldorf region.

Düsseldorf and Cologne are long-time rivals, though today it mostly comes down to whose beer is better, Düsseldorf's Altbier or Cologne's Kölsch, another top-fermented beer.

Well, I visited one of the bars there (please don't label me alcoholic-I was just tagging aroung with my colleagues) named 'ZUM SCHLÜSSEL'. They bar is enormously HUGE and they even have their own min-brewery inside there!
The mini brewery inside ZUM SCHLÜSSEL.
...and the famous Altbier which I think is a hybrid between normal lager beers and stout.

3. You don't necessary need to get to Munich for Oktoberfest-why is that so? (No, not the one at One Utama recently...)
German beer is highly diverse and an important part of Germany's culture. There are more than 1300 breweries in Germany, the highest number of breweries in the world. The German beer market is a bit sheltered from the rest of the world beer market by the German brewers' adherence to the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot (purity requirement) dating from 1516, according to which the only allowed ingredients of beer are "Wasser (water), Hopfen (hops) und (Gersten-)Malz (barley-malt)". Many breweries worldwide adopted the Reinheitsgebot for their own beers. After its invention, cultured yeast became the fourth legal ingredient. Through the agreement (which was law up to 1988 but it still adhered to by virtually all German brewers), beers from Germany tend to have a good reputation for their quality. The Germans are slightly behind the Czechs in their per capita consumption of beer due to an increased preference for wine and mixed alcoholic drinks, especially among younger and urban people.

Generally, you can find beer (in large amounts also) at every nook and corner of Deutschland/Germany (and Europe). Except they have those enormous mugs in Oktoberfest similar to those Jus Besar mugs (but much more bigger). Enuf' said!

And now the food...
Big fat German sausages...YUM!

and big fat fries (Pommes Frites) dunked in mayonnaise, curry ketchup or tomato ketchup...YUM again...!

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