Just an hour’s drive east from the glorious town of Lübeck is another charming town of Wismar, located in the former East Germany under Communist control for two generations. We were first here in the late 1990s when rebuilding was well underway. It is still being “sanitized” but a lot of progress has been made over the years.

During the Cold War decades, everything in the eastern block was run into the ground and milked by Russia for all it was worth. To house the displaced people, huge ugly concrete apartment complexes were built in all the eastern cities and towns. Nonetheless, many cultural features were preserved and restored at great cost. This effort has speeded up since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989 but there obviously is much remaining to do. Times are better now in the east than when we last visited Wismar in the late 90s. Let’s see how it looks today.

Old well in the main town plaza

Old well in the main town plaza

Typical street scene

Typical street scene

We spend a lot of time walking the streets instead of visiting museums and the like. We are always on the lookout for details that please the eye.

An old standard residential mailbox with the sign of the post horn

An old standard residential mailbox with the sign of a post horn

Streetlamp

Streetlamp with Pegasus

Sign of a bakery shop, appealing to the eye

Sign of an eatery, appealing to the eye

Renaissance gables

Renaissance gables

Of course, we pass many churches and often enter those that are open, sometimes to find a quiet moment, sometimes just to cool off and take a break.

A small brick church that looks inviting

A small brick church that looks inviting

The interior was well suited for a concert that night

The interior was well suited for a chamber concert that night

Down the street ran a canal. The bridge corners were decorated with bronze piggies.

Piggie scratching

Piggy scratching

Biggie wallowing in mud

Piggy wallowing in mud

Piggy just feeling good

Piggy just feeling good

Wismar was one of the Hansa cities in the Middle Ages. By and large, the buildings are built of red brick. The largest church in town was so destroyed that it remains a ruin with only a single tower and outlines of the perimeter remaining. In the space, a tug of war is going on.

Life is a constant struggle.

Life is a constant struggle.

Good

Good, perhaps

Evil seems to out number good.

Evil seems to out number Good.

But down the street another large brick Gothic church is pretty much fully restored. We paid it a call.

Typical design in this region

Typical design in this region

Nave

Nave

Pulpit

Pulpit

Triptych

Triptych

Organ

Organ

We walked down to the wharf to see what was going on.

Brick warehouses from the Middle Ages

Brick warehouses from the Middle Ages

We were getting a bit hungry so stopped in at a fish market to buy some smoked eel.

Smoked eal and fish. Eva was in heaven.

Smoked eel and fish. Eva was in heaven.

We could have opted for hot dogs.

How many varities?

How many varities?

This motorcycle couple seems to be looking for lunch.

The market for the XXXL clothes.

Here’s the market for XXXL clothes.

Now we must rush off for another sea and sand fix.

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