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.

Buildings surround the Innenalster, including two of several spires

Buildings surround the Innenalster, including two of several spires

Sailing, kayaking and paddle boating are popular on the lakes.

Sailing, kayaking and paddle boating are popular on the lakes.

Somewhere here the Apple Store faces the lake.

Somewhere here an Apple Store faces the lake.

The city hall is a wonder in its own right.

City Hall, or Rathaus

City Hall, or Rathaus

City Hall courtyard, good place for a coffee or beer

City Hall courtyard, good place for a coffee or beer

What kinds of business must transpire behind these imposing walls!

What kinds of business must transpire behind these imposing walls!

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.

German now has a new collection of tongue twisters to add to its extensive collection.

The German Language now has a new collection of tongue twisters to add to its extensive collection.

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.

Senior English class

Senior English class

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.

Suzi being introduced at a senior English class

Suzi being introduced at a senior English class

Suzi holds forth.

Suzi holds forth.

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.

800 Years of Music in Lübeck

800 Years of Music in Lübeck

Apa (grandfather) is the distinguished flutist in the back row.

Apa (grandfather) is the distinguished flutist in the back row.

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.

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