We were hoping to wander around back roads today exploring the famed Lüneburger Heide, but the season was wrong for seeing colorful heath so we settled in to the great Hanseatic city of Lüneburg with its hundreds of Middle Age brick Gothic-style buildings, so different from everything we had seen to the south. We had to share the narrow streets with waves of German tourists, but nary an American did we see. American tourists are rather rare in Germany, certainly outside the major cities. Our gain, their loss.

According to German custom, our first order of business was to reenergize with coffee and cakes on the plaza of our choice.

We enjoy our daily ration of carbs

We enjoy our daily ration of carbs

The challenge of the day turned out to be finding our pension. It was a tricky thing at best and more so because the downtown travel information office incorrectly marked the map. When we got there it was so inconspicuous we were not at all sure. All was well when we mounted the sheer stairs.

Steep, as in steep

Steep, as in steep

At the top with hardly a landing at all, we found our door, frosted plate glass with a familiar decal welcoming us inside.

A promising sign

A promising sign

We had wifi for a change as we could see the signal bars on our computers, but unfortunately the landlady did not know the password and her grandson with the key to success was vacationing in Majorca. Sigh, yet again.

We loved the fancy brickwork, the cobblestone streets and how well they integrated their small river into the cityscape.

Nice stone paving

Nice stone paving

Urban river scene

Urban river scene

Main plaza in the evening, now nearly empty

Main plaza in the evening, now nearly empty

Brick Gothic doorway

Brick Gothic doorway

One of several interesting fountains

One of several interesting fountains

Fancy doorway

Fancy doorway

More modest doorway

More modest doorway

Half timbered doorway

Half timbered doorway

Flowers everywhere, spring from the narrowest cracks

Flowers everywhere, spring from the narrowest cracks

The main church

The main church

Everywhere people were enjoying dinner and drinks on the wide sidewalks and plazas under broad umbrellas outside restaurants and cafes. We settled on Turkish dinners that were oh so good.

You get the idea – a great town to wander around in and have fun.

Now we head for a vacation on an island, maybe surrounded by sand,feet up, let the world go by.

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