Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
18Trip End Aug 23, 2013
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Tom wishes to share his 'joke' with all of those reading our blog. Airline announcement (whilst waiting for the plane to Hamburg): 'for safety reasons, please do not leave your baggage unattended' ....... Tom: 'Emma, does that mean I can't leave you here while I go to the loo' .......... Emma: silence.
PS - anyone who finds this funny can cross themselves off the Christmas card list!
Our hotel was just a short walk from the station and has been perfectly reasonable
Today has been another rather intense day of sight-seeing as it is the only full day that we have had in Hamburg to look around. First stop this morning was the 'Miniature Wonderland' which houses the world's largest model railway exhibition. For someone who is not a big fan of trains or models (me) I thought this was going to be rather onerous, but it turned out to be a fascinating place to see. The builders had set up elaborate and intricately designed cities. One display even included an airport in which model planes not only taxied but took-off and flew through the exhibition. The whole thing was detailed down to the expressions on the people's faces and we had a wonderful time looking around.
We then headed off to go to a few churches. The highlight was St Matthew's. While we were there the organ was being tuned which was cool to hear. We later found out that Brahms was christened and later confirmed in this church! We also saw the church of St Nicholas, a hugely impressive building. Now, it is only the spire which remains (following Allied forces bombings) the ruins are left under the spire as a monument to the victims of the war.
Lunch at the Alster lakes was lovely, we spent around 40 minutes walking around in the sunshine and enjoying some sandwiches on the lakefront.
The tour of the Rathaus (or Town Hall) was next. We had a fantastic tour guide who was able to share some interesting facts with us about the building. One of which was that the court papers from the Parliament in Hamburg are not bound (but loose leaf) that way papers can easily be destroyed without people noticing and rips or tears from books
We spent the later afternoon exploring some musical museums. The highlight for me was the Brahms museum. This museum contains a Tafelklavier (a type of Grand piano) which Brahms used regularly to play on. The lady running the museum let both Tom and I take music from their collection and have a go at playing it on the piano. So amazing to think that Brahms most likely played these same pieces on the same piano! We also saw the Telemann museum which was equally informative.
This evening we walked along the harbour front and had a drink by the water. There was a hilarious street performer there, a clown whol followed people up and down the boardwalk who hadn't noticed him imitating their way of walking and other such antics! He was very entertaining!
Tomorrow morning we are going to see an art museum before we catch the train to Berlin!
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