For some reason I lost the first half of my post! Matt and Mo had been with us for the weekend as they had a wedding to attend in Torquay. They stayed until the Monday so we drove them to Exeter and then made our way up to Bristol for an early evening flight. We flew with BMI and they were excellent, the plane was relatively small, they put our bags in the hold like putting your bag in the boot of a car and when we got off the plane we just picked it up from the bottom of the steps. Apart from the simplicity of the baggage arrangements we also had free wine and hot panini so I for one say hurrah for BMI.
When we arrived in Düsseldorf we took the train into town and then got a taxi to our hotel rather than faff around. The hotel was very well placed in Alstadt for the museums, the Rhine and a good choice of restaurants. We ate mostly seafood, of which there seemed to be a wide choice but we did have Japanese one night.