August 18-21, 2014
8/18/14 - 8/21/14 68 °F
- **** We are sad to report that our back up hard drive crashed when we came back to Orlando in Sept/October and have lost a lot of photos from the rest of Germany, as well as Dubai and Nepal so we are posting any of the photos that we could recover from our iPhone and/or GoPro *****
We said goodbye to wine country and headed off the Hamburg…I know it wasn't the most direct way to Hamburg from Dusseldorf but we’re on vacation. The highlight of our visit in Hamburg was definitely visiting our two friends Andreas and Katharina who we met while crossing the border from Thailand to Cambodia on our last around the world trip! I’m not sure exactly how much wine or German beer we went through while visiting them but boy was it fun!
These two are such adventurers! Andreas’ photography blog at photos.andreastephan.com is so inspiring! He is so very talented! Katharina works for a tour/travel agency and specializes in Southeast Asia so of course we picked both their brains about photography and got expert help planning the rest of our trip
They spoiled us the whole time— as fellow world travelers they know how simple things like doing laundry and having a home cooked meal can make a long trip just a little more comfortable. First it was the fresh sole filets from the Baltic Sea for dinner and then on our last night they treated us to a traditional Raclette (which is apparently for special occasions like holidays!) We will miss them on this trip but we definitely look forward to a visit from them in California next year!!
Our main purpose of visiting was for our friends but there are also some pretty parts of Hamburg. Michael’s church has a gorgeous white/marroon interior with stained glass windows, Moenckebergstrasse Street is great for shopping and the coffee and breakfast at Cafe Paris can’t be beat!!
The Rauthaus Town Hall is a nice building to walk around and has a beautiful fountain in the center atrium that we enjoyed in the sunshine.
We learned about the North vs South German rivalry: the Northerners are annoyed that the “Bavarian” culture is what has been stereotyped as German in places like the U.S. while the south views the Northerns as “fish heads” since they live in mostly port cities like Hamburg.