Twinning visit to Weil am Rhein October 2008
24 Members of Bognor Regis Twinning Association had another opportunity to experience life in Germany when they visited Weil am Rhein, the twin town in south west Germany. They were joined by a group from Trebbin, which is twinned with both Bognor and Weil am Rhein.
The first day included a visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, followed by a tour of Alsace vineyards, before returning to Weil. In the evening, there was a Reception given by the Mayor, Wolfgang Dietz, and the Town Council.
The next day there was a coach trip to Switzerland and a tour of the Frey Chocolate Company, with many opportunities to sample the products! Back in Weil, we were given a slide show and a talk by two local youngsters who had been part of a youth project in Romania to help handicapped children.
We were then taken to the outskirts of Weil am Rhein where we enjoyed a walk across the Rhein via the longest suspension pedestrian bridge in the world. The bridge was opened last year, giving improved access to Weil’s neighbouring French twin town, Huningue. To our surprise a champagne reception awaited us on the French side, adding greatly to our appreciation of this new development in Weil!
Rain and even snow the next day meant that a trip to Grindelwald by mountain railway from Interlaken had to be cancelled, so we visited Bern instead; the coach parked near the old Bear Pit, still complete with bears.
The day finished with a visit to an art gallery. The building itself was fascinating, and inside the modern surroundings there was an exhibition "Paul Klee - Movement in the workshop" which looked at the theme of Klee's artist's studios as the place in which his works originated.
As always, the last day was left free for hosts and guests to decide for themselves, and at the party in the evening, we all exchanged tales of the day’s experiences, so many demonstrating yet again the kindness and generosity of our hosts. The party, officially called Weil Twinning Association’s Reception, was a very festive event; wonderful food and “Stimmung”, interesting entertainment, and a chance to mingle with friends old and new.