Toward Lübbenau – Land of Canals and Pickles
Posted on July 5, 2015
South of Berlin about 30 miles lies the Spreewald, the heartland of the Sorbs (an ancient Slavic cultural group), known for its bucolic canals and pickles. The land is drained by the Spree River on its way through downtown Berlin to the sea. Eva so wanted to spend a lazy day on a boat floating along a canal. She got her wish.
But first we had to get there. While driving along the toll road in Poland we drove under a number of broad over crossings. These were passageways for wild animals to cross the highway, built at considerable expense, but allowing animals to roam their native territories.
Along the toll road were a number of gas stations and restaurants, and the like. McDonalds were common, very nicely designed, and usually crowded. As we neared the border with Germany we stopped at a small rest stop, nicely groomed. The toilets were free but were unmarked as to which gender went where. Then I remembered reading in a tour book that triangle meant for men and circle for women. See what I mean?
We let our car navi guide us to our destination via the fastest route. Once we entered the former East Germany we got onto roads dating from the Cold War days.
Eva has often remembered red poppy fields from her youth in northern Germany but we rarely see any except for a blossom here and there. Here we found them in abundance, nicely sprinkled with blue cornflowers.
We were soon closing in on our destination town of Lübbenau but lunch hour was upon us. We stopped in nearby Lübben at a very nice small restaurant decorated in a local theme. It was rather late for lunch so we were the only ones there. The food was as good as it looks.
We ordered about the smallest items on the menu but we obviously didn’t go away hungry.
As we walked around town I saw a poster for an upcoming concert by a boys choir from the Polish town we had just left that morning.
Getting to our destination using our car navi did not work so well. Our place was located in the country down some one lane roads. More than once navi said turn left when we needed to turn right. But in the end we arrived.