Where the rooster, cat, dog and donkey went . . .

Trip Start Apr 08, 2007
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Trip End Oct 01, 2007


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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

As I mentioned before, Mayu's been to Hamburg before and wasn't especially keen to spend three days simply wandering around there. With myself still less than overwhelmed with the place, I had no gripes with taking a couple daytrips around the area. So as we spent yesterday in and about Lübeck, for today we had to choose another nearby spot. The toss-up then was between Lüneburg - a historic salt-mining town renowned for its loopy, leaning buildings - and Bremen, best known for its four musicians of yore. Mayu, intrigued by the fairy tale connection and cutesy reputation, pushed for the latter, so that's where we went.

In fact, I've been to Bremen before. When I did my first backpacking tour around Europe, I came down here on a lark after visiting Copenhagen, not quite able to stomach the 10-hour train trek up to Oslo as originally intended (with plans to haul straight back to Munich afterwards . . . yikes!). For some reason I wasn't all that impressed with the place at the time. Maybe it was the bleak, grey weather in the middle of summer, maybe it was the comparatively tiny old town. Whatever the case though, I've always said that I'll never write off visiting a place a second time.

And it turns out, it's actually a much more pleasant place than I recall it being. It's still fairly small in terms of sightseeing attractions compared to other, similarly-sized German cities. But the Marktplatz, with its UNESCO-listed Rathaus and medieval Roland statue, is extremely attractive, and the Art Deco brick lane of Böttcherstraße is equally intriguing to explore. There's even a wee neighborhood of medieval houses just off to the southeast of the town center called the Schnoorviertel that I somehow must have missed the first time around.

So, whaddya know? Sometimes it's well worth giving a place another chance.
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