Thursday, June 23, 2011

Goteburg, Sweden - June 2010

This should have been posted before Hamburg as it was a very quick, one-day visit in-between Copenhagen and Hamburg.
We left Copenhagen and drove to Goteburg, Sweden and found our downtown hotel. After a short drive around the harbor, we found a very fine, Swedish restaurant (wish I could remember the name) and spent several hours there in leisurely and delicious dining. We also found an example of when an irresistible force meets an unmovable object:
After the next-day meeting, we caught the over-night, car ferry to Kiel, Germany. It was a picturesque departure and a decent buffet was provided on the ferry. The night was spent in an only-one-person-can-turn-around-at-a-time cabin and we caught a quick breakfast before we landed.
 Alvsborg Fortress
 A short drive after departing the ferry found us in Hamburg (see previous post).
The ferry was a wonderful way to travel and hands-down beats driving all night.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hamburg Germany, June 2010

We had a few days in Hamburg before heading to Berlin and did a bit of walking about.

The city is all relatively new since it was obliterated in World War II.
One of the surviving buildings is the magnificent Rathaus, the townhall.
A bomb that did land outside the structure didn’t go off, and the faulty
detonator is on display in the hall. Tours
are given daily and are well worth your time.
There are some nice cafes and restaurants but mostly the area is filled with very expensive clothing stores with all the character of the usual national/international chain stores.
We took a canal boat tour that unfortunately for us was in German with no translations. But the trip along the canal was beautiful and we enjoyed it. Here’s a short video that you’ll appreciate more if you understand German :). At the very end you can see a small tent city at a bridge.
A festival was going on our last day in the city and that was our final, fun taste of Hamburg.

Copenhagen, June 2010

Arrival in Copenhagen

It was sad to see this

Tivoli Gardens and Queen Margrethe II