Hamburg stadt

27 Jul

I spent this past weekend in Hamburg, the economically-powerful port town on the northern tip of Germany.  The weather was horrible – constantly gray with intermittent rain showers and what felt like 50mph winds.  Lovely.  Nevertheless, I was out with my camera.

Here’s my Visual Top 10 – not the most beautiful things, but the most, um, interesting….

10. Bizarre vehicles

a curry-dog truck. Germans love their hotdogs, and their curry.

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Speed-racer!

Yes, this headlight has eyelashes.

9.  Public bathroom

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8.  Graffiti

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My favorite colors.

7. Hamburg Philharmonic (currently under construction) in the newly-gentrified docklands of Hafencity.

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What the Elbephilharmonie will look like upon completion.

6. The Shipyard, Hamburg’s (original) “raison d’être

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5.  And with a port comes, shall we say, “adult fun land”.  In Hamburg it’s centered around the notorious Reeperbahn Strasse.

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4. Canals

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3.  A “Cultural Moment” at Harry’s Hafenbasar – the only store I know that charges an entrance fee (4 euros).

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2. Nautical Architecture – don’t those windows look like portholes??

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1. German Wine Festival – In Rathaus Square, under a tent in the spitting rain.  Wine, pretzels and schnitzel!

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I’m now back in Paris, where it’s a balmy 70 and cloudy….

Alors, à bientôt,

k.

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