And then, what's a Naturist?

Trip Start Aug 17, 2009
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Trip End Sep 18, 2009


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Monday, August 31, 2009

Okay so after waking up in our Irish hotel, making it down the elevator we headed out to visit The Gothic Revival St. Nikolai's Church which was formerly one of the five Lutheran Hauptkirchen (main churches) in the city of Hamburg. It is now in ruins, serving as a memorial and an important architectural landmark. 
The church was the tallest building in the world from 1874 to 1876 and is still the second tallest building in Hamburg.
The current condition of the Nikolaikirche is the result of air raids by the Brit's  during World War II on Nazi Germany, The clearly visible spire of the Nikolaikirche served as a goal and orientation marker for the pilots of the Allied Air Forces duringtheir  air raid on 28th of July 1943 when the church was heavily damaged by aerial bombs. The roof collapsed and the interior of the nave suffered was heavily damaged. The walls began to show cracks, as well as the spire ,but they did not collapse. The spire and some remainders of the wall were preserved as a memorial against the war, but were not cared for, for several decades and they consequently gradually decayed. This changed in 1987, when the Rettet die Nikolaikirche e.V. foundation formed and began to restore the remains. They attempted to salvage the pieces of rubble that were removed in 1951, and were, for example, able to reclaim some rubble from the destroyed nave from the river. It now stands as a memorial to the loss of lives during WWII. There are also several statues displayed in the church courtyard. (see pictures), in remberance of WWII.


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Angel On Earth statue. "Take my hand and let me lead you back to yourself".

We continue on to Aachen Germany and sign in to this really quaint Hotel, the hotel clerk again looks at my cane ans says "we put you into an apartment that is on the second floor and we have no lift". They did offer us a room in the hotel, but we opted to keep the apartment and am I glad that we did, it was beautiful with a bedroom/sitting room and kitchen/diningroom. As we were checking in, they informed us that the hotel was a "naturist hotel", something that bookings.com failed to let us know. What is a "naturist hotel'? Well, a hotel who likes nature? Not quite...... It was a nudist hotel!!!! Not that everyone was walking around nude, just in the spa, pool and garden areas. 
Innenhof.jpg        Hotel and patio
app_01.jpg         The apartment
fruehstueck2.jpg        The diningroom
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