Düsseldorf and Gasometer

So, this past weekend I went to see Suzy from the Silverbluelining blog. We e-mail and text occasionally, we’ve seen each other a few times, she’s been to my house (Suzy, I just checked it was two years ago!) and this time I went to visit her. I travelled by train to visit her, which was only a little over 2 hours – not bad! It was beautiful setting off on Saturday morning…


… and a few hours later Suzy met me off the train in Düsseldorf. We walked around the city for a while, did a little shopping, had some Käsekuchen (yumm!) with our tea and coffee, did some sightseeing including going up the Fernsehturm (the TV tower) and had a late lunch at a Lebanese restaurant which was delicious. Here some images of Düsseldorf (click to enlarge)…

Late in the afternoon we went on to Suzy’s house, which is not far from Düsseldorf. She has two adorable pet rabbits hopping in her back garden!

In the evening we went to the cinema to see A Star is Born (not dubbed in German but shown in English, yess!) with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Those two together, especially on stage, had great chemistry together.


The movie is tragic (if you’ve seen the older versions you may know that) and is even better than I ever expected it to be. Everyone’s on about Lady Gaga, and she really was good in this, but Bradley Cooper really knocked this one out of the park! From the trailer you could think that this is a lovely romantic, uplifting movie, but really it isn’t like that… it’s a tragedy.

When the movie finished, everything was deadly quiet in the cinema for a little bit before everyone started getting up. I think Suzy and I weren’t the only ones swallowing away lumps in throats and wiping away tears…

After sleeping in on Sunday we went to the “Gasometer” in Oberhausen to see the exhibition “Der Berg Ruft” (“The Call of the Mountain”). The Gasometer is an old storage center for gas which is now used for exhibitions.

The exhibition was all about mountains, the charm and adventure, the nature, the people climbing them and living near them and the animals. The photo prints were huge and absolutely gorgeous! We took lots of pictures but could easily have taken more.

There were gorgeous pictures of mountains (seriously, click on the images to enlarge!)…

… and here’s Suzy (on the right) looking at one of the beautiful mountain photos…

Berg ruft (8)

Photos of mountain nature…

… and I am always most fascinated by people. So many beautiful images and portraits!

The exhbition of photographs was set up on two floors in the round. On the third floor they had this sculpture of the Matterhorn mountain (between Switzerland and Italy) hanging upside down, suspended from the ceiling, like this (not my picture)…

Matterhorn im Gasometer Oberhausen

You could sit or lie down on the stairs surrounding it and slowly see different lightshows light up the mountain…

There was a large mirror underneath it where you could see the reflection of the top of the mountain. Here are Suzy (on the right) and I (on the left) taking pictures of ourselves and the mountain reflected in the mirror.


We also went out to the top of the Gasometer to take a look at the view…

… then headed back to Suzy’s house for a home cooked meal followed by a lovely walk in the woods not far from her house.

I also got to meet Suzy’s two grown up sons – it was nice meeting the handsome young men behind the stories. And I even got to pet her younger son’s pet gecko!


At the beginning of Sunday evening Suzy accompanied me back to Düsseldorf where I boarded a train back home again.

A nice little tidbit: see what both Suzy and I have on our handbags!


Guylty’s RA pins are a standard feature on each of our bags and a lovely little reminder of the reason why we met in the first place: Richard Armitage! While he is the reason for us meeting and while he was discussed a little, most of our talking was about many many other things. It was really fun to catch up with each other like that, it was a lovely weekend.

Ganz lieben ❤️lichen Dank für das wunderschöne Wochende, Suzy!

16 thoughts on “Düsseldorf and Gasometer

  1. It is always really nice to read about fan encounters. Fantastic that the two of you are meeting up and spending time together. LOL on still carrying the badges on your bags. And there was me thinking that I ought to have a few new ones printed…

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  3. I love the pictures of the mountains and landscapes. The people portraits are superb also. I went to Dusseldorf in 2011 on a Germany “pilgrimage” sort of trip with home base in Frankfurt and took a train up to Dusseldorf for the day. A beautiful and culturally diverse city. When we lived in Germany that was one city our dad never did a day trip to. Koln yes but not Dusseldorf. You both did a lot for a short period of time! Thank you for sharing your trip to see Suzy.


    1. Suzy’s awesome. 🙂
      You lived in Germany too? I lived there in my teens, first north of Frankfurt and later about 60 km south of Frankfurt. 🙂 How long and how long ago did you live there? Where did you live? Do you also speak German? Sorry if I’m being too inquisitive, feel free to ignore. 🙂


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