Hamburg – Briefly and Personal
Posted on December 9, 2016
Only an hour’s drive from Bremen, Hamburg is huge and is Germany’s major shipping port. The attractive downtown is connected to the River Elbe by two lakes, The Outer and Inner Alster.
The city hall is a wonder in its own right.
We walk around some, but by and large, we are here to visit with Eva’s brother, Rolf, and partner, Gine. We are getting a good laugh from a New York Times columnist’s book of newly minted fictional (and super long) German words.
One day Suzi and I take a train over to Lübeck to meet with Eva’s old schoolmates, Helga and Eric. Helga leads an English class for seniors in a retirement home.
Suzi has been invited again to give a presentation about her world travels, and I talk a little as well. Her blog posts are used as some of the class reading material.
One of the ladies has brought along a book describing the 800 year history of music in Lübeck. Inside is a photograph of Suzi’s grandfather, Rolf Ermeler, who led the well regarded city’s chamber orchestra.
Now the time has come to find our way to Hallig Hooge where we will spend two weeks surrounded by lapping water and the mooing of many happy cows.