Saturday, August 27, 2011


Here are some more photos from my week in the area of Hannover, Niedersachsen and the Harz area where I met up with some family I had never met. The post war period scattered many of my relatives.Luckily for me I got a chance to reunite with some. And they took me to see treasures lik these that survived.

These structures went up in the 1100 hundreds. They have been well preserved. What a marvel. I'm so happy to have had the chance to view them because my family took time to show me. Have a happy Sunday.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

In the Harz

Our visit to this cultural wellness town made us wish we had booked a longer stay in Germany. One week was very rushed. It seems that my aunt loved to hang out in this area whenever she had some holiday time. This Hotel Victoria looks like a quaint place to stay in Bad Harzburg.
This fountain was added after the war and I was amused by its humour. Hard as she tried, my sister could not capture this little one in action. Each time she tried he stopped. LOL!
I wish I had a clue who this jolly fellow might have been.
As you can see the artist worked hard to create a spectacular set of characters around the fountain. Wellness is linked to humour right??

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Have you ever seen cones like these? The conifer tree in my cousin's backyard grows this whitish coloured come. I have not been able to find out the specifics of this breed. The tree is growing in Braunschweig Germany.

It looks so unreal yet there it sit in all it's glory, sap oozing from it's top.
I have not found the internet  to be helpful in seeking the details of this wonder. Perhaps you can help me?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


While my sister and I were in Hannover we were treated to a visit to the city of Braunschweig where we toured some of it's historical sites

We were impressed. Inside the Brunswick cathedral was a crypt with coffins dating back to the early 1100's. Seems there was a lot of royalty in the area back them.

This is part of the regal courtyard, Dankwarderode Castle . See the lion? Seems he was very popular with one of the royals Heinrich in the 1100's. Of course many of these buildings were restored after WWll.