Schlagwort-Archiv: Germany

Porta Nigra

Touring Trier

I have a morning meeting in Luxembourg, but the hotels in (close by) Germany are a) less expensive and b) gives me a chance to see Trier again – if only the down town area.

Last time I was here (as a kid), I got to explore all the former Roman structures, including an awesome amphitheater.  This time the dinner meeting with a colleague gave me about 45 minutes to walk around the Porta Nigra and then head over to the town square. The Porta Nigra is a massive ancient Roman gate – I believe the largest of its kind this side of the Alps.


IMG00605-20120606-2120 Porta Nigra


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Adler Mannheim

Hamburg Hockey

Another weekend in Hamburg and another opportunity to go to a hockey game.

The Hamburg Freezers of  the German (Premiere) League were facing the Adler Mannheim in the playoffs. During warm-up, I saw two of the Mannheim players chatting on the sidelines and then realized their names. Of course, their names are each missing a letter, but it’s still pretty close.

My ancestry’s lineage includes Ahrendt and Klink, but Arendt and Kink are almost there…


Adler Mannheim

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Santa’s Flight

Christmas time throughout much of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Sweden usually means Christmas markets – the Weihnachtsmaerkte or Christkindlmarkt that is already starting up over here as well.

If given the chance, I’ll admit to enjoying a stroll (bummel – hence the Weltenbummler…) across a Weihnachstmarkt. Last year I actually managed to cover Zurich, Vienna, Munich, Nuernberg, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stockholm and Freiburg all in one week.

Hamburg’s Rathausmarkt (City Hall Square) hosts a very full and well attended Christmas Market. Aside from the usual Gluehwein, other warm alcoholic beverages and foods, the market also has a toy train set puttering around overhead above the toy section. And at regular intervals, Santa’s sleigh flys over the entire market with a load of toys and a lot of ho’ho’ho’s.







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Wursteinlage in Hamburg

After meetings in Denmark, I made my way south and drove through Hamburg for the weekend.

I tend to be in Hamburg a lot, but this time I took a colleague to see some of the more touristy sites – the Reeperbahn in the red light district. Given all the signs and activities, I thought this was a novel concept at directing traffic to pea soup with sausage…

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