28.05.2016 - 28.05.2016
We walked almost 20km* on foot exploring Hamburg and the things we saw.....
Our great timing saw that we were in Hamburg the same time as the Queen Mary 2 is in dry dock for renovations. The World (largest residential ship) was also in port along with a large number of other cruise passengers.
We crossed under the Elbe River at 21m below surface by foot through the tunnel, where the most dangerous aspect was getting hit by a bicycle (quoted by Birte).
There was a trip to Saint Michaelis where we braved a trip to the top of the bell tower & the crypt but the highlight was attending a wedding. We sat in the church resting our weary feet watching people arrive, how nice a wedding we thought let's sit a bit longer & watch what unfolds during a German wedding, bet his the groom we thought checking out a guy all dressed up, oh the bride must have arrived, how lovely she looks, where did the groom go, hang on the bridesmaid is also wearing a wedding dress & A VEIL! Is this a wedding???? I can now say I have attending a type of wedding a lot of other Australians haven't... A same sex marriage. Needless to say we sat through the whole thing, it wasn't much different to any other wedding.
Again our great timing meant we saw a protest about giving the refugees housing, etc.
An amazing time was had marvelling at the Miniature Wunderland, I think we were only meant to be there an hour, two later... We felt we had travelled the world. The details were amazing, the planes even took off from the airport. I loved how they managed to sneak in some adult only laughs, kinda fitted into our day.
An interesting time was had walking through the Reeperbahn, I may never look at a bum bag, tights & what looked like ugg boots in the same way again. I loved that these girls were standing on the other side of the street outside the police station. We overheard one offering to provide her services to a guy in the Burger King they were standing outside of. We also stumbled across where the Beatles were made famous.
*according to my Garmin watch