Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Travelling Tuesday to Hameln,Germany

Well, as I promised, I will be telling about more of my travels and have decided to write about them in a new feature called 'Travelling Tuesday'.  Since I am sure we are all Russia'd out for the moment, I am going to visit a town I did not mention last year on my German A to Z tour, Hameln, or Hamelin to us Americans.

I am sure that many of you have read or heard the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.  A rat catcher is hired to rid a town of its rats and when the town folk refuse to pay he leads all of their children away.  So, a stop in this fairy tale town was interesting, if not a city on my bucket list.

It was quite lovely.  Emerging from the underground passage to visit the park we saw this lovely building.  I've no idea what it is, but I liked the architecture.  I did a Google image search and discovered that I must be the only person who ever took a picture of it, lol.

The entrance to the park boasted an interesting arch showing the Pied Piper leading the children out of the town.

The architecture in the walk-able 'downtown' was very baroque and quite lovely.  Here is the Leisthaus:


And of course, the Rat Catcher's house, which appears now to be a restaurant.  Don't ask.

There were several nice shops and it was great people watching with cafe tables lined along the pedestrian friendly street.

I am not sure I have enough to do this every Tuesday, but maybe the first one of each month, at least?

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  1. Great idea, Denise! I'd look forward to more of your travel posts.

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    1. Thanks. I had some ideas last year that I never followed through on, but I've told myself to be focused. well, I'll try.

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  2. I agree, love this idea. Many may have missed some of your Russian and German posts anyway. That is an attractive building, I wonder what it is. You could also post pix of the parts of the States you have visited too. I wonder what was the actual background of the Pied Piper story. That's one hell of a building for a rat catcher to live in.

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    1. I am told that the story first appeared in a Grimm Fairy Tale, but that it was based on a plague that affected the area. The moral is to fulfill your promise or suffer the consequence, I guess. I am going to just pick out some of my pictures I haven't blogged about before.

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  3. Great idea! We all seem to like a bit of armchair travel, and I love those old buildings!

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  4. Oh what a wonderful town. I know this fairy tale well since I read all of them when I was younger and still reread them. I wonder what that building is at the top. I wonder if it holds offices or is a school of some sort. It may have been some palace in its day. I would give anything to be sitting in a cafe in Europe right now

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    1. Any cafe in Europe would suit me just fine. A friend and I are talking about another trip to Europe next year.

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  5. Another armchair traveler who would enjoy this kind of monthly feature. What interesting buildings. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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