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.



Yes, this headlight has eyelashes.

9.  Public bathroom


8.  Graffiti


My favorite colors.

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


What the Elbephilharmonie will look like upon completion.

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


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


4. Canals



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




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


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



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

Alors, à bientôt,



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