Trina's North Germany

A glimpse into an ordinary German life


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This morning when I walked the dog

 

P1060551 We found her during a difficult time in our lives in November 2005. My sons were having difficulties adjusting to living far away from Hamburg, they were unhappy and bored,  my partner was struggling with health problemsthat made it impossible for him to continue with his business and I felt guilty about dragging my sons away from Hamburg and for not being able to spend enough time with all of them as my job and commuting took most of the day.

Laika brought sunshine into our lives. She was a very lively puppy and the boys loved playing football with her. We started taking long walks in the countryside which brought us all closer together again. We loved watching her run after a ball and digging up mice and while striding along we talked about things on our minds.

She is now 12 years old. The boys have left home and my partner is not able to accompany me on long walks any more. It is just her and me going on walks  and she likes to take it a bit slow these days. 

I think we are both happy with our move to Lüneburg. For her there  are a lot of new streets and places that smell interesting and there are plenty of dogs to meet and greet. I find inspirtation walking the old streets and exploring the new parts of the town and I see many things I like.  

This morning when I walked the dog I came across this nice apricot colored house and P1060579_thumb.jpgI looked twice when I saw its entrance. P1060574They remind me of the figureheads of old sailing vessels, and made me smile. It’s amazing what effect a little bit of paint can have on a simple old doorbell, isn’t it?

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The two ladies in the window next door observe the surprised faces with amusement.


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It’s been a while

…. since I have posted anything here. I felt a bit bad about not finishig the A – Z challenge and running out of ideas for topics connected to North Germany.

Today I would like to take you on a walk through an old quarter of Lüneburg. The old streets I am showing you are around the St. Michaelis church. I was christened and confirmed there, just like my father. My parents got married in that church.

When I grew up in Lüneburg this “Altstadt” was pretty much run down. It was a place for poor, rough people to live and there were some quite seedy pubs as well as a cinema that showed films for grown-ups. I remember stopping there on my way to my rollerskate-training, as one could buy icecream for 10 Pfennig at the box office .

In some of the streets there wasn’t even plumbing in the houses. Twice a week a truck would come and some men would carry out some big, evil smelling buckets  and empty them  into a big container . I remember that a schoolmate of mine lived in one of these houses and cruel as children are we teased him about their loo all the time.

Now, enough talking. Have a look what the area around the church looks like today:

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There are many interesting details when looking closer at the houses

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Following this street you will come to the city center with its impressive patrician houses

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It is quiet in these streets on a Sunday morning

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Little back garden

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St. Michaelis seen from the back side

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Street from which the backside of the church was photographed

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Walking through this street it is not far to the library

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Street across the church.


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Catching up with last week: T like Tönning

Blogging A – Z 

This is the last letter for the week and I am glad to have caught up with you all. I hope you are not tired having to look at yet another small place in North Germany.

This time I will take you to Tönning. Remember, with the letter ‘E’ I showed you the Eidersperrwerk, and when you go inland from there you will find Tönning, a small town with a nice harbour at the mouth of the river Eider.

These days Tönning is just another small place at the North Sea, trying to survive on tourism. It is nice to spend an afternoon at the harbour, having a coffee or a meal at one of the nice restaurants and cafés, watching people pass.

At one time Tönning had a shipyard and  was quite lively and known in the North. These days are over, but I included some pictures of signs I found on my walk through Tönning.

You will also find a picture showing you the floodgates that will close when the storms are pressing the waters inland.