As you enter a city for the first time, your eyes flit from side to side, taking in as much as possible. Most often, you are unable to stop the car, bus or train to fully appreciate what you see.
My lady, Monica, had a meeting in Hamburg, and I was tagging along, hoping to explore and take some photographs. We arrived at the main train station just after midnight from Berlin. The station was quiet, with the exception of the crowd filling a McDonald’s food outlet on the second floor. The trains below provided me with my first photo opportunity.
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The following day, small lakes filled with sail boats, lush vegetation, large numbers of people enjoying the out-of-doors and the cleanliness of the city formed my first and lasting impressions of the city. Preparations for a major bicycle race were evident in the centre core. Vendors of bicycles and related products filled rows of white tents, attracting hoards of cycling enthusiasts. Nearby, customers filled restaurant patios, enjoying the summer sun and the view of a small lake. A side street was blocked off and filled the parked trailers of those preparing their bikes for the race. Dressed in the colourful garb of racers, cyclists rode through the streets to familiarize themselves with the race course.
Despite the large numbers of people, everything seems so peaceful as I walked in the pleasant warmth of the sun. Mothers and small children fed swans.
Historic buildings displayed the beauty of an architectural era long past.
Canoeists paddled in a river that feeds into the Elb, the major river on which the Port of Hamburg is located. Nearby, customers filled a restaurant built on a river barge. Being out of doors, by water, enjoying the summer sun characterized residents and tourists alike.
We must not forget that Hamburg is one of the major ports of Western Europe and boats and ships of all sizes fill its waterways.
The far side of the river afforded an excellent panorama of the city and passing boats and ships. I took the tunnel under the river to get there.
I was told that Hamburg had the highest density of millionaires in Germany. If the number of luxury stores that I saw was any indication, that could very well be true. I window shopped.
My time was limited, and I had a train to catch back to Berlin. There was no doubt in my mind that; on the next trip, I would spend more time exploring Hamburg and follow the recommendations of almost everyone whom I met to do a side trip to Potsdam. When? On my next trip to Europe in the summer of 2015. I hope to see you there.
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