Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What Can You Do In New Hamburg?

Alan and I have been working really hard lately. Monday had a strangely empty To-Do list, so we decided to head out of town.

I've been reading about the 100km diet and think it is a concept with a lot of validity. I also believe a lot of the principles can be applied to travel.

I'm not quite ready to give up my trips to Europe, or close the door on the possibility of heading further afield. But for those times when you just need to be "not home", I think you can have a really good time without having to drive for hours and hours.

New Hamburg is less than a half-hour's drive from our place in Sebringville, on the road to Kitchener-Waterloo. It's a pretty little town on the Nith River. We decided to play tourist for the afternoon.

The downtown has quite a few nice shops to wander through. We started with Upper Case Books (and yes, I succumbed, but it was business-related). Many of the others are closed on Mondays, including Is This Chair Taken? That was too bad, because I really liked the looks of the friendly faces in the window.

Even though it was cold and more than a little wet yesterday, we had a good wander through the downtown, looking at the cool old architecture.

Down to the river and parks.

And through the neighbourhoods.

Many of the locals appear to be avid gardeners. So many gorgeous flowers.

Our wanders worked up an appetite, so we headed into MeMe's Cafe for lunch. It's a warm, funky resraurant with lots of yummy food. The place was hopping on a Monday afternoon.

I ordered the smoked salmon bagel and Alan had the struedel and salad. Both were excellent. And we enjoyed our lunch while looking at the artworks displayed on the walls.

The warmth and good food after our walk in the cold made us more than ready to head home and have a nap. Fortunately, it was a short drive.

Next time you need just a little get-away, why not stick close to home and think like a tourist?

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