Today, the four of us - me, Jean, Christine and Renate - headed out of Hamburg, the beginning of our big journey through Germany and Poland together. We headed first north-west, and after an hour or so entered marshy, fairly flat countryside. Soon, we came to Glückstadt, where we crossed the Elbe at a point where it was quite wide. It's only a little further downstream that the Elbe empties into the North Sea.
After leaving Stade, we stopped for afternoon tea in a small town and arrived at our destination for today - Detmold, with Christine's and Renate's parents. We'll spend the next few days here.