If you’re going to be meeting me and a few other bloggers in Hamburg the weekend of Sept 10 – 12, this post is for you. These photos will illustrate some of the details I’ll be posting on our little forum site.
For the Friday side trip with Umlauts, go to the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof and look for this view:
If you’re standing right here, turn around and you’ll see a huge Burger King sign. We’ll meet there!
Do resist the urge to indulge as you wait for others to arrive, as we’ll be having lunch in Umlautsville.
Personal anecdote: the first time I was at the Hamburg central station, my wife-to-be and I almost tripped over some junkies shooting up in a corner just outside. The place has been cleaned up a bit since then.
Skipping to Saturday afternoon, I’ll be posting a raft of nautical options to enjoy after lunch. Beside, on, or under the Elbe – your choice.
Bonus flashback look at winter on the Elbe, as seen from the upper deck of one of these ferries:
OH! That reminds me. A blogger in Alabama kayaking (!) through the Panama Canal a while back thought of me when she saw that very ship – or one in its fleet – sailing through that busy ditch. Here’s what she posted on her blog:
Double-secret-special-bonus photo of the bar That Queer Expatriate and I were forbidden to enter, probably because we weren’t dressed for it:
I guarantee you the best view of the entire harbour through those huge, tall windows at the top, but if you go, make sure you’re clothed in a little better attire than just jeans and t-shirt. If not, walk straight in like you own the place and head for the windows just to get a glimpse before they throw you out. It’s worth it.
And finally, the Sunday breakfast/brunch thing: We’ll catch a boat on the Alster to get to the restaurant. This way you’ll have covered Hamburg’s two great natural attractions – the Elbe and the Alster. We’ll meet at the foot of the big wooden quay on the southeast corner of the Binnenalster. The end of the quay looks like this:
Please remember to wave to man standing guard as you float by: