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    • Day58

      Day 58a. Bremen to Endersbach, Germany

      October 1, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      In the Hanseatic city of Bremen, the Schnoor was one of the poorer corners. While the rich merchants settled in the Obernstraße (Upper Street), which was meant as well geographically (ridge of the dune) as socially, or in the Langenstraße (Long street, along the Balge, Bremen's first harbour), the Schnoor developed in the 10th century as a district of fishermen. The inhabitants built thatched cottages on the little island between the rivers Weser and Balge. Therefore, during its first centuries it was liable to high floods.
      The Domshof (Cathedral Court) is a town square in Bremen, north of the cathedral and the Marktplatz. The Domshof is used for markets as well as larger outdoor events, particularly May Day demonstrations.
      Our Eurowings flight to Stuttgart was late. Instead of departing at 8:25pm we departed at 9:45pm. We arrived in Stuttgart at 10:45pm. We walked to the S-Bahn to catch the S2 toward Schöndorf at 11:30pm to arrive in Endersbach at 00:26am and walk a couple of blocks to Inge Kohr’s house.
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    • Day274

      Day 275: Bremen Day-Trip

      November 16, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

      Another day, another day-trip! Our new "hub and spoke" model of travelling means that we'll be doing quite a few of these over the next couple of months. Makes way more sense this way since we don't have a car. So off we went again, on the train out of Hamburg headed south-west towards the city of Bremen.

      Bremen is another of the northern German "Hanseatic League" cities that was very important for trading during the middle ages and Renaissance. Many of the buildings in town date from this era. But the WHS here is actually quite small - it's just the town hall, in constant use and largely unchanged since the 13th century, and a Roland statue out the front which I'll explain later.

      Arrived at the station, walked the 10 minutes down to the main square and checked out the town hall. It's not super large, but has a very impressive facade with lots of statues, coats of arms and other decorations. There's also a cute statue of the "Bremen Town Musicians", from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale about four animals escaping death at the hands of their masters and running away to become court musicians in Bremen. Weird.

      The interior of the town hall is apparently super impressive, and they offer day trips - but it was closed today! It still gets booked for functions and official business etc, and there was only one day in November the tours were available - and it wasn't today! Damn.

      Finished up our filming of the town hall and also did a piece about the Roland. This is a large statue just in front of the town hall, of a paladin named Roland - a knight in the service of Charlemagne. He was a very popular figure in the middle ages and the medieval periods, and in northern Germany is seen as a defender of the independence of city-states and so on. This statue is quite deliberately placed facing the main cathedral in town, defending the council administration against religious encroachment. This particular statue was built of stone, and had apparently stood since 1404. Pretty cool!

      Since we couldn't tour the town hall, we made up for it by having lunch in the wine cellar restaurant underneath the building! They were doing lunch specials which made it nicely affordable - only about 8 euros per main which is good value.

      After lunch we wandered around the old town as there was quite a bit to see! A cool little area called Böttcherstraße, with a bunch of really interesting art noveaux shop-fronts. Plus they had a glockenspiel playing melodies every hour which was quite nice! Another area known as the Schnoor which had a whole lot of twisting alley-ways and very old small buildings. Nice to get lost in!

      There was still other stuff to see, but by mid-afternoon we decided to head back to Hamburg on the train. Only a 40 minute ride, and we then settled in for the long, dark evening.
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      Trish Forrester

      Sadly that fairy tale is probably the only reason I've heard of Bremen

      11/18/17Reply
       
    • Day22

      Bremen

      August 2, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Jeudi, 2 août 2018 bis

      La Böttcherstrasse, attire les foules touristiques. Le relief doré "Le Lichtbringer" nous y conduit. Cette ruelle était au moyen âge habité par les tonneliers, d'où son nom. L'état des maisons au début du siècle passé était catastrophique. En 1921 c'est Ludwig Roselius, inventeur du café HAG (décaféiné), qui achète toute la rue et charge un architecte avec la rénovation ou la reconstruction en style "art nouveau" de l'ensemble. Une des maison est dès lors destinée à accueillir la riche collection de tableaux d'ancien maîtres par ex. plusieurs Cranach, le tout agrémenté avec des meubles et des objets de l'époque. La maison voisine abrite une riche collection de la peintre Paula Modersohn-Becker, représentante de l'expressionnisme allemand. Dans une petite cour se trouve la fontaine "les sept paresseux", représentant des garçons qui au lieu d'aller puiser de l'eau dans le fleuve, avait foré la fontaine. A chaque heure pleine, un carillon de cloches en porcelaine, attire les visiteurs avec ses mélodies et une porte dans la tour montre des tableaux avec les explorateurs du nouveau monde. Nous rejoignons pour finir notre visite, les bords de la Weser, la Schlachte, l'ancien port de Bremen. Nous attendons, sous un soleil puissant, notre ferry. Un accident de baignade a mobilisé plein de sauveteurs. Nous sommes en pensée avec cette famille, qui a perdu son petit garçon.Read more

    • Day23

      Bremen

      August 3, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Vendredi, 3 août 2018
      En premier ce matin, nous cherchons le guichet pour les tickets de spectacles. La plupart des théâtres est en pause, mais il y a pendant l'été un "Theaterschiff" qui propose des comédies. Nous allons voir ce soir une parodie sur une émission TV culte dans les années 70-80 en Allemagne: Die Hitparade. Avec nos tickets achetés hier, nous nous rendons au Rathaus. La visite de cette vénérable bâtisse du 17ème est très intéressante. Il y travaillent encore aujourd'hui 80 personnes. Une des immenses salles a servie après la guerre comme siège du parlement, Bremen est comme Hamburg, une ville-état. Le Güldene Zimmer, richement décorée, ne sert plus que pour des mariages; les invités de l'union qui sera célébrée tout à l'heure, attendent justement devant la porte. Vu la canicule, nous nous rendons dans un resto japonais (climatisé), que nous avons reperé hier dans la Böttcherstrasse. L'église de Saint Jean, bâtiment en briques rouges, est étonnement clair et lumineuse à l'intérieur, superbe. Nous voulions visiter le Geschichtenhaus, une maison dans le quartier historique de Schnoor, où des acteurs nous racontent l'histoire en "life". Mais que nenni, ils n'en peuvent plus, c'est trop chaud. Nous allons donc savourer une glace et retournons pour la sieste au cc. Il fera certainement un peu moins chaud ce soir à l'heure du spectacle.Read more

    • Day20

      Day 20: Bremen

      July 28, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      This morning is our departure day, but before taking the train, we join Heike to the shelter where she loyally volunteers every Sunday. We are surprised at how big and well organized it is (they can receive up to 500 cats, but there are all types of animals there!). The dogs there are mostly Staffordshire-typed because of the law banning these breeds in Hamburg. We wish them all to find better homes and would have loved to adopt a cat (he would be black and named Cayetano), but sadly our backpacks barely have room for our food. It is time to say goodbye to Heike our wonderful host (she is not that small in real life, we are just giants), before hopping on the train again.

      Our first stop of the day is Bremen which we largely have time to visit in the few our we have. The whole town is themed around the fairy tale "The Town Musicians of Bremen", and the merchandising of such towns (just like Odense) makes us chuckle. We admire the quaint center, watch the hour change as the bells ring at the Glockenspiel and walk through the narrow streets of the Schnoor neighborhood. Mikel gives it another chance at being a model.

      We return to the train station, eating blueberries on the way, and the best strawberries ever tasted in my whole life (not even competing to be the best)!
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    • Day24

      Bremen, Germany

      May 26, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Day 23:

      We lucked out again (as we knock on every accessible wood surface) with the weather on the way to the train station. A light drizzle was actually quite refreshing, plus Danielle got to use her sweet moose scarf from Norway. When we made the reservation for the train a couple days ago, the man at the window recommended that we go first class. And he was right! We had wide, lumbar-supporting seats in a section with only 6 seats *read: no screaming children* A 5 hour ride to Hamburg isn't bad when you're comfortable. What we weren't expecting was the train to board a ferry to travel between Denmark and Germany. That was a pretty neat experience. We had to get off the train while crossing, which gave us a chance to get some fresh air and stretch our legs. Then from Hamburg to Bremen, we had a proper coupé that we shared with an old German couple.

      Feeling pretty fancy arriving to the station, we decided to walk past the famous Park Hotel into Der Bürgerpark. It had to be over a square mile of wild grasses and oak trees, with streams and walking paths passing through. We sat on a bench there and relaxed for probably an hour before moving on to our next airbnb. Which, side note, we have LOVED using! Our host is an alternative medicine healer in a 100 year old house. We were greeted with a friendly tour and hazelnut chocolates on our pillows. We were so excited!

      Since we're in a less touristy city, we figured we'd go out to the most obnoxiously traditional German restaurant. Based almost solely on the name, we ended up going to Edel Weiss. There was a pretzel tree inside, so suffice it to say we were not disappointed. Danielle got about 3 pounds of porkschnitzel on fries, mushrooms, and bacon, and Jason got white asparagus with porkschnitzel, potatoes, and hollandaise. One of, if not THE, best meal we have ever had at a restaurant. Apparently we tipped well, because our waitress said "one moment" and brought us shots of apfel schnapps after we paid. We didn't complain.

      Danielle noticed a sign that said there was a bier fest in Bremen that just so happened to be from May 26-28. What a happy coincidence. After listening to an Australian band at the train station for a little bit, we wandered to the city center, following the music. Dozens of beer tents were out (including Stone Berlin!) and a German country music band was playing. We were able to try beer from a Bremen-based brewery that we really enjoyed!

      It may not be at the top of the travel list for most people, but 2 days may not be enough here for us.
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    • Day1

      A viagem para o Brasil está comecando

      August 21, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      O meu destino da minha viagem anual para o Brasil era Florianópolis, a capital do estado de Santa Catarina. A minha namorada me levou de carro para a Estação Central de trem em Bremen. Para ir ao aeroporto de Hannover, eu fui de trem em vez de carro. Havia muitas obras na autoestrada e, por isso, frequentemente, há engarrafamentos na Autobahn. O trem saiu ao meio-dia. Eu cheguei em Hannover 4 horas antes da decolagem do avião para Frankfurt.Read more

    • Day40

      Die Fischköpp

      July 22, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Nachdem das große Stadtbundesland Hamburg abgehakt ist, steht nun die kleine, etwas belächelte, aber angeblich so schicke Hanseschwester Hamburgs an: Bremen. Auf Empfehlung einer alteingesessenen Bremerin probieren wir so gleich einen mega krassen arabischen Imbiss Ya Hala aus. Wir denken den optimalen Deal eingegangen zu sein, da der Alles-Teller für 2 Personen nur lächerliche 12 € kosten soll, aber nachdem wir bestellt haben, sehen wir im Kleingedruckten, dass da "pro Person" steht. Dementsprechend viel wird uns dann auch gebracht - 10 Falafel, zweierlei Art ganze Shawarmasandwiches, gebackenes Gemüse, Salat, einen Haufen Pommes und magische Dips, richtig fancy angerichtet. Gefühlt hochschwanger rollen wir durch die Innenstadt Bremens, schauen die netten kleinen Gässchen an, bestaunen Kirchen, die sogar ohne Gerüst auskommen und betatschen in Coronazeiten den stark abgegriffenen Huf des Esels, der den Bremer Stadtmusikanten angehört. In einem schön gelegenen Park lassen wir uns schließlich nieder und erwarten Freddy, der mit uns eine kleine Tour durch Bremens Kneipenkultur startet. Beginnend an der Schnoor über die Schlachte bis zum sogenannten "Viertel" wird das heimische Bier (das dann doch meistens zur Beck's Brauerei gehört) probiert. Inzwischen ist auch eine zweite, im Gegensatz zur anderen Julia sehr hart arbeitende, Julia zu uns gestoßen und macht unsere Bremenbesuchsgruppe komplett (weil Sofia traurigerweise längst weggezogen ist). Nachdem Archimedes den fast schon legendär scharfen Shot "Krabbeldiewandhoch" wie ein Held übersteht, snacken wir nochmal beim Araber und schlagen schließlich unser Nachtlager in Freddys WG auf.Read more

      Sehr schön habt ihr es da. Schon des Rätsels Lösung gefunden: Was ist grün und stinkt nach Fisch? [HaEsVau]

      7/23/20Reply
      Traveler

      Ya Hala - bester Laden in der schönsten Stadt. 💚 Viel Spaß noch. 😘

      7/23/20Reply

      Da werden ja mindestens 3 Leute von satt, ultra Deal de facto. [Sven]

      7/26/20Reply
       
    • Day18

      Tag 18, Ruhetag

      September 3, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Ein echter Ruhetag, das Fahrrad bleibt stehen...

      Traveler

      das hast du dir aber mal so richtig verdient!

      9/3/22Reply
      Traveler

      Manche sagen so, manche so... Danke Dir!

      9/3/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ey, bist'n Tag zu spät zum Solidarisieren mit Deinen Ex-Kollegen!

      9/3/22Reply
      Traveler

      Moment, ich habe gestern auch nicht gearbeitet...

      9/3/22Reply
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