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After saying a reluctant goodbye to Bavaria we were back in the car headed north. After an overnight stay in Hannover we arrived at out next destination – St Peter Ording that is in northern Germany by the North Sea.
St Peter Ording is where another one of our exchange students, Chris spends his holidays. His family own a house that is about 300 years old and is very traditional to the area. We were very fortunate to be able to spend the night there with Chris and his parents and one of his sisters and her partner.
After afternoon tea we headed to the beach. Having seen many beaches during the course of our trip and in Australia, nothing has compared to the beach at St Peter Ording. Our photos speak for themselves. Amazing.
That night we had a beautiful seafood meal at a local restaurant, which is on piers on the beach and only open in Spring / Summer as it is not accessible in other times. We later walked along the dyke wall and onto the pier watching the sunset. A great way to spend the evening.
The next morning we headed to a different part of the beach. A walk along the beach, beach soccer and photos in a traditional beach basket filled the morning before we headed to Hamburg - Gateway to the World.
We were fortunate to have Chris with us on this part of our trip. Even though knowing how to speak German and having an insight to a city is not necessary, it sure does help. As soon as we arrived in Hamburg, it was off to the football to watch Hamburg play. Hamburg are the only team to always play in the top German division and they have a clock in the stadium counting the years and days, but at the moment they face relegation. The result for the game did not help; losing 3-1, and the crowd were extremely depressed on the trip home.
On our first full day in Hamburg we took a river cruise, a great way to see the city. Exclusive homes line the foreshore and shipping boats fill the harbour. Normally the docks operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except for five days of the year. We happened to be there on one of those days – Easter Sunday.
Lunch for the day was a tasty fish burger, a Hamburg specialty. After lunch we headed to Miniature Wunderland, a massive display of miniature trains, cars and aeroplane’s from famous European regions. The displays were very impressive and the detail was amazing. I’m not sure who enjoyed it most-the younger kids or the young at heart.
The following day we enjoyed a guided bus tour of the city and saw houses of Hamburg’s rich and famous, the new opera house (still a work in progress) and St Pauli – Hamburg’s Kings Cross.
Having enjoyed all Hamburg has to offer we said our goodbyes to Chris and his family with a light dinner at Chris’s family home where we where able to meet his other sister.
Next stop Berlin.