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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Auf dem Rückweg nach Hamburg


On the way back to Hamburg, our time with our cousins Christine and Renate virtually over, we stopped off in a couple of places for brief sightseeing.  One such place was Schwerin in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Schwerin is a charming little place with a lake or two.
It also has a castle which is only a couple of hundred years old.
Schloss Schwerin
I don't know if you'd call this Italian Renaissance, but that's what this terraced area at the side of Schloss Schwerin made me think of.
On one side of the castle is this massive weeping beech.  It and all the similarly massive trees around here were planted around 1860.
These man-made caves are near the castle - Christine in the background.
After Schwerin, we drove on to Lauenburg in Schleswig-Holstein.  The town is on the Elbe.  We popped down to the water's edge and reflected on how much of the Elbe we've seen on this journey...from near the mouth...to the source...and plenty of places in between.
In Lauenburg, Christine showed me a couple of houses in which members of the Brock family lived.  These were close relatives of some of our ancestors.

Back in Hamburg, we had our final evening meal together.  For dessert, three of us had Christine's and Renate's Dad's favourite - Rote Grüze, comprising red currants and maybe other red fruits with custard.

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