Lübeck,the so called “Queen of the Hansaetic League” holds as true today as it did in the Middle Ages, in my estimation. Lübeck is my choice over all other small cities in Germany as a place to live (in the summer). It is supremely beautiful, rich in culture and street life, small enough to walk from end to end in half an hour, green with parks, integrated with numerous waterways, and noted as a center of wine interest and phenomenal sweets, especially world renowned Niederegger marzipan. It’s also where Eva grew up until she sailed to America and never looked back.

First we located our hotel, built into the side of the old protective wall which once surrounded the city.

Our hotel at 10:00 pm.

Our hotel at 10:00 pm.

Our lovely room overlooking water

Our lovely room overlooking water

View from our window over swimming lagoon where Eva as a child learned to swim.

View from our window over swimming lagoon where Eva as a child learned to swim.

River just beyond our hotel view

River just beyond our hotel view

We spent little time in our room before hitting the cobblestones to see the town, and have a late dinner.

One of many plazas, this one with a playful fountain, a dare for children

One of many plazas, this one with a playful fountain, a dare for children

A walk along one of the canals

A walk along one of the canals

Reflection of the cathedral in our nearby pond

Reflection of the cathedral in our nearby pond

Dinner on the street as a full moon rose

Dinner on the street as a full moon rose

Always yummy. Most everyone drinks beer or wine at these outdoor cafes. We tried to fit in.

Always yummy. Most everyone drinks beer or wine at these outdoor cafes. We tried to fit in.

Next morning we were confronted with a mammoth breakfast, 121 varieties of things to eat. Where to start? Mind you, we are in modest hotel without even a lift. Why are they torturing us in this way?

Portion of breakfast selections

Portion of breakfast selections

One detail for clarity

One detail for clarity

Charming dining room, one of four in this hotel with only 23 rooms, including three in an annex across the street.

Charming dining room, one of four in this hotel with only 23 rooms, including three in an annex across the street.

Next day we spent the entire time with old high school friends of Eva. Rather amazing that we have kept in touch for over 50 years. First we visited at their lakeshore summer cottage a few miles out of town, had a nice walk in the woods, a bbq, and a much desired snooze.

Light lunch at the summer cottage

Light lunch at the summer cottage

Much desired snooze mid afternoon

Much desired snooze mid afternoon

Downtown is filled with old brick buildings that more or less survived the British fire bombing in 1943. We saw as much as we could fit in.

The famous Holstentor, one of the former entrances through the town wall

The famous Holstentor, one of the former entrances through the town wall

City of many towers

City of many towers

Next day was scheduled for Suzi and Eva to visit the old folks home where Helga teaches an English class. Suzi was in her element parlaying questions about her travels. The class members are all familiar with her travel reports and use them as class material. Everyone seemed to have a great time.

Later we were invited for dinner at the Herfurth’s home, a rare treat to see how people really live.

Dinner at the Herfurth's in town home

Dinner at the Herfurth’s in town home

The salon

The salon

We chew the fat and talk of old school days

We chew the fat and talk of old school days

A view from the balcony ends a fine day

A view from the balcony ends a fine day

Here’s a view of the house where Eva grew up. It’s hardly changed in 65 years except that a garage was added at some point. Just after the war very nice British soldiers occupied the lower floors. Eva and her family as well as other relatives had to squeeze into the tiny rooms in the attic. The only bathroom was in the basement.

Eva's childhood home

Eva’s childhood home


Next morning, before we left Lübeck, there were two things left to do – the ladies wanted haircuts before the weekend wedding in Hamburg, and Eva wanted to fulfill an unaffordable childhood dream of dining at Niederegger. Niederegger is the home of the very best marzipan and their cafe was, in the past, the lunch spot for the hoity toity. We did both.

Eva gets a trim

Eva gets a trim

Suzi gets a full complement of styling consultants

Suzi gets a full complement of styling consultants

How do you like it?

How do you like it?

Light lunch at Niederegger at the prime corner window seat overlooking the riffraff below

Light lunch at Niederegger at the prime corner window seat overlooking the riffraff below

The payoff - Kaffee and Kuchen in the best of places

The payoff – Kaffee and Kuchen in the best of places

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