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Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
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Flag of Germany  , Mecklenburg-West Pomerania,
Thursday, June 20, 2013

On Sunday Kevin and Frances arrived from France on their way to Finland and Latvia. We spent a great 3 days together enjoying the sights of Berlin and having a couple of beers or wines for the Ladies. Wednesday morning we decided to go for a drive, as even Berlin isn't big enough for Obama and myself at the same time. First up we went to see fabulous Schwerin Castle. Wow, it would put some of the French castles to shame. It's situated on a small island on Lake Schwerin, the gardens surrounding it are sculpted and to add to the charm there is an orangerie and a hanging garden. At the back of the castle there is also a small Gothic Chapel. For centuries Schwerin castle was the home for Dukes and grand dukes of Mecklenburg.
After leaving the castle we drove on to Wismar which is one of the Hanseatic ports in the Baltic sea. The architecture here looks more of a dutch style to me. The buildings are very colourful, maybe to liven up the neighbourhood during those long dark dreary winters. The town is very nice and all the streets are cobblestone as is the main square. St. Mary's church is a landmark visible from a long way away. The tower stands 80 meters tall but the rest of the church was demolished in 1960 as the damage occurred during WW2 was too big. The harbour is huge and we only got to see a very small portion of it. The old harbour which is the nice part with the tall ships and the restaurants, not the Industrial part. We bought ourselves a nice piece of freshly smoked salmon for dinner. (Straight off the boat) From here we drove on to Rostock were we are booked in for 2 nights.
Thursday morning we headed for Rostock harbour and booked a ferry trip to Warnemuende. Even though Rostock is a Baltic Sea harbour it lies about 12 K's inland from Warnemuende. The trip was interesting but very industrial as most of it is harbour and ship building. Warnemuende seemed to be a very busy port. When we got to our destination 3 cruise ships had berthed there that morning alone. After a walk through town and along the beach we had lunch at the canal and watched ship after ship coming and going. After a late lunch we headed back to Rostock by ferry and walked up to University Square. It has a very interesting looking fountain (called Fountain of joy) in it and a large grassed area in front of the University building. The town hall at the market square has a baroque front with seven spires (1270) and a bit further on is the St. Marien Church built in 1230 it has an Astronomical clock inside the church built in 1472. From here we walked to one of the old gates and then followed the town wall to the other end of the old town where the shopping mall started. After some shopping for dinner we drove back to our studio appartment.

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