By Edward Enfield
‘I had idea for your time that there has to be anything humorous approximately Germany simply because, aside from hard-drinking forms on the Munich beer pageant, I had by no means heard of anyone going there for a vacation. This was once, for my part, the 1st of 2 merits. There are visitors who, while in another country, are extremely joyful to determine a fellow countryman. now not I. There are really adequate Englishmen at domestic with no my eager to run into them abroad.’
So, having basically been to Germany as soon as earlier than to do nationwide carrier, Edward Enfield units off on his most up-to-date biking journey, wearing few preconceptions yet lots of wit. making a choice on the path he should still take from options scrawled on a serviette, he begins by means of following the ‘Romantic highway’ alongside the banks of the Danube from Passau to Vienna, taking in castles, church buildings and solid nutrition alongside the way in which. And, as Edward amply unearths during this captivating ebook, there is not any position from which to determine a rustic that's as good, because the saddle of a bicycle.
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It is full of baubles and tinsel and plastic trees and beastly toys and that sort of thing, all crammed together so that you feel in danger of smashing a bauble or knocking over a loaded table as you creep around. ‘Kitsch’ is a word I am not quite sure about, but I think it applies to this sort of thing. Anyway, the people running the store obviously understood their business, as it was crowded and the kitsch was selling briskly with the tills jingling as well as the bells. After Rothenburg comes Dinkelsbühl and at Dinkelsbühl I upset a Coca-Cola and a waitress.
The onion domes lent a touch of novelty and the ﬁelds and hills and woods had a kind of placid beauty, not as sensational as the scenery of Greece or Ireland, but more restful on the eye. Furthermore, I was not in danger of being baked alive, as I have been in Greece, nor yet soaked to the skin, as I have in Ireland. Once or twice I think I rode for a short spell on a minor road, but otherwise I felt an enormous sense of obligation to the German nation for allowing me to bowl along on their little paved farm roads in a state of peace and tranquillity.
Once I found the right track after Würzburg I noticed a number of sun-hatted cyclists, so I took off the helmet and put on my hat. I will add for good 58 THE ROMANTIC ROAD – 1997 measure that I was not wearing the peculiar Lycra leotards which some cyclists affect, nor any other fancy gear. I did wear shorts, but this is a habit I have since discontinued, because of my dentist, who saw the ﬁnal television ﬁlm and said ‘Don’t wear shorts. ’ I took notice of what he said, and the world would be a better place if other old men did the same.