Herzlich Gruße aus Lubeck, Deutschland!
I'm visiting Lubeck today with Silke B., my "host sister" from her year abroad in the U. S. almost 20 years ago. She is now a business lawyer in northern Germany, and apprenticed in this city during her education. Lubeck was queen of the Hanseatic League, a group of cities that joined for trade purposes, and became quite rich. It is now quite a nice city to walk around and explore a bit by night.
We enjoyed a traditional dinner in the Ratskeller (a traditional restaurant, usually underneath or near the Town Hall, almost every German city seems to have one), walked through the old town, and also saw the Leaning Towers of Lubeck: the Holstentien Gate. It's the other landmark that you see on most postcards from the town; the image you see here is of the town hall.
Earlier tonight we also visited Silke's horse, in a more rural area near where she lives. The sloped thatched roofs and semicircle windows on the end seem reminiscent of J. R. R. Tolkien's Shire.
It has been good to catch up with Silke so far, and tomorrow we will visit more of the area.
Grace and peace,
Postcard photo, text, & software ©2007 W. Ben Towne / WBT Productions.