The Spreewald is a special landscape in Germany, carved out and filled in by glaciers from the last ice age and now protected by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. Within the reserve are 800 miles of canals, about half of them manmade over the eons. It is largely settled by descendants of two slavic tribes – Sorbs and Wends. They have their own language which is one of four official languages in Germany. Today tourism is the major industry.

We were there to enjoy a boat ride along the canals. These flat bottom boats are propelled by a man using a long pole to push the boat along. They are noiseless and glide quietly along the canals with the greatest of ease.

A boat pulls in to the dock.

A boat pulls in to the dock.

Our guide explains the options of longer and shorter routes. We depart when the boat fills up., the route length determined by consensus.

Our guide explains the options of longer and shorter routes. We depart when the boat fills up, the route length determined by consensus.

Two dogs join us for a three hour venture, including a lunch stop.

Two dogs join us for a three hour venture, including a lunch stop.

The way is so leafy and quiet.

The way is so leafy and quiet.

Occasionally we went through a lock, manned by volunteers. Tips were welcome.

Occasionally we went through a lock, manned by volunteers. Tips were welcome.

Occasional we passed other access points, usually with restaurants nearby.

Occasional we passed other access points, usually with restaurants nearby.

At last we came to our own lunch locale. You might think we were captive customers and would be served slop at high prices. But no, this never happens, at least wherever we have been.

Nice shady setting for a good lunch. We order two local specialties.

Nice shady setting for a good lunch. We order two local specialties.

I get some kind of local sausage - not one but two.

I get some kind of local sausage – not one came, but two, and local sauerkraut.

Eva springs for the quark with flax seed oil.

Eva springs for the fermented quark with flax seed oil.

After lunch we pass a number of traditional houses and small farms.

Thatched roof home

Thatched roof home

Haystack

Haystack

Brick house with cherry tree

Brick house with cherry tree

We get back to town in time to take a walk to the neighboring village, a few kilometers away in the forest.

typical of paths in the woods

Typical of paths in the woods

We cross over numerous canals

We cross over numerous canals

Tiding a bike has its moments.

Taking a bike has its moments.

From bridges we could watch other tourists floating by.

From bridges we could watch other tourists floating by.

We did spend another day in Lübbenau and got a good look around.

Here's the church

Here’s the church

Church from the other side to show more buildings

Church from the other side to show more buildings

Bright green, indeed

Bright green, indeed, with everything in its place.

We passed an interesting metal sculpture by the church, a fountain with figures depicting local legends.

Pretty evil looking

Pretty evil looking

He hands his lady a flower.

He hands his lady a flower.

She rejects it. And him, too, I suppose.

She rejects it. And him, too, I suppose.

The flutist plays a sad tune.

The flutist plays a sad tune.

Why, of course, we are ready for lunch. It wasn’t hard at all to fine an attractive place.

Lunch on the patio was just the place for us.

Lunch on the patio was just the place for us.

Our server offered to take our photo.

Our server offered to take our photo.

Oh, I almost forgot. We stayed in a new place out in the country surrounded by cucumber farms. We kinda got to know where pickles come from, the regional specialty.

We are upstairs; the owner has his shop downstairs.

We are upstairs; the owner has his shop downstairs.

Right attractive bedroom, one of two, so we could spread out our suitcases.

Right attractive bedroom, one of two, so we could spread out our suitcases.

The living room complete with Ikea chairs.

The living room complete with Ikea chairs.

The electric front gate

The electric front gate

Just down the road was an active storks nest.

Just down the road was an active storks nest.

Cucumber field of considerable size

Cucumber field of considerable size

The harvester is a large machine with wings on both sides, pulled by a tractor.

The harvester is a large machine with wings on both sides, pulled by a tractor.

The cakes are picked by hand. Women lie face down on mats and pick as the tractor slowly pulls the contraption along.

The cukes are picked by hand. Women lie face down on mats and pick as the tractor slowly pulls the contraption along.

I don’t have a good ending photo except for this traditional log cabin and roof design, so typical of the Spreewald.

Log cabins now are not so common.

Log cabins now are not so common.

We thought the pickles were the very best.

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