A trip through the countryside
Trip Start Jul 10, 2007
12Trip End Jul 21, 2007
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Our guide was a very attractive 22 year old college student studying biology and sports in order to become a high school teacher. At the end of the day I told him I'd like to take him home to our granddaughter and he said he'd meet us at the ship but we couldn't find him when it came time to sail.
The first stop on our tour was an old monastery at Bad Doberan.
The building was beautiful inside and out.
Alex told us about the life style of the monks who lived there prior to the reformation. They lived grueling days on a very poor diet and the average life expectancy for the monks was 35 years. So many died at the monistary that they eventually ran into someone else's bones when they tried to bury someone new. As a result they build a bone tower to store the bones they dug up to bury the recently deceased.
Leaving Bad Doberan it was clear we were in a rural area.
After a snack stop we were given time for souvenir shopping but we weren't very impressed with what was available. In fact on this entire trip we found souvenir shopping very difficult. Here we were clearly in a tacky tourist area. Some of our group walked through the resort area to the Sea. Again we waited on the bus. Apparently nude beaches are quite the thing in Germany. Our guide told us he couldn't tell us where they were because we'd all miss the ship. George took a bicycle tour and his guide took the cycle group to visit one. I don't know which picture he likes the best.
Hopefully by the next time we travel our walking will be less challenging.