Thursday, May 22, 2008

Rick's Roadshow: Bremen, Germany

It's another day of Rick's Roadshow in Germany, where I will be for the next few days. Yesterday I was in Bremen, a port city in northern Germany, dating as far back (in some form) as 150 AD. During WWI, Bremen was a stronghold for the allies when the British captured it and became an American occupied area. It is a lovely city with plenty of character and beautiful architecture. Here is a somewhat blurry photo of me standing outside, next to a bronze statue, but the blue glass rectangle to my left is an aquarium, which I thought was an interesting touch.
above left: When I arrived in Bremen, I immediately remembered that I barely speak any German, which is always a challenge. The friendly Hilton-Bremen sign was a welcome sight for sore eyes. Much to my delight, the hotel staff all speak English. Above right: This medieval knight was standing in the center of the main square.
above: Bremen town hall, at day, and at night.

above: St Peter's Cathedral, day and night.

above: I found the architecture throughout Bremen to be quite beautiful and charming.

above: these brick buildings were built rather close together and had a cozy feel to them.

above: Bremen has it share of public art on display, such as this gold cherub (above left) and bronze nude man (above right)

above: this may be difficult to see from my photos, but check out the detail on the side of these buildings. above left has a coat of arms and above right has all sorts of animals carved into the stone. So far I have found Bremen to be quite beautiful. Check back tomorrow for more fun in Germany!
-Rick Rockhill

11 comments:

Rhodester said...

Quite the coincidence, that we all speak English at the Hilton Palm Springs too :-)

Only we don't speak much German, with the exception of the restaurant manager, Gary Von Gleiss, who is, obviously, a German.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

laughing at rhodester's comment!

the photos are beautiful and the aquarium a surprise! have fun and stay safe...

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxooxoxo

snowelf said...

I am so in awe of the building design in Bremen--simply gorgeous!! I loved your pictures of the castle too--and I had no idea the doors were that huge...
In one of the historical homes here, they have those same servent bells, too. The title on the bells are a little different, however. :D

--snow

snowelf said...

I am so in awe of the building design in Bremen--simply gorgeous!! I loved your pictures of the castle too--and I had no idea the doors were that huge...
In one of the historical homes here, they have those same servent bells, too. The title on the bells are a little different, however. :D

--snow

jackie said...

Bremen looks fantastic. how fortunate you are to be able to see this city.

Lois Grebowski said...

Love the pics from Bremen... will you bring me back some Ritter Sport chocolate bars? bwahahahahahaha!

Enjoy your trip!

kenju said...

I found all of Europe (or the parts I visited) beautiful and charming, especially Switzerland. Your photos remind me of it.

Desert Songbird said...

Great photos. Hope the remainder of your trip goes smoothly.

Tea N. Crumpet said...

I speak German-- you should have dragged me along to translate for you! LOL

Would Paris Hilton be a different kinda girl if her parents had named her Bremen Hilton?

whimsical brainpan said...

Wonderful photos!

Enjoy your visit.

Olivia said...

The architecture in Bremen is reminiscent of the Low Countries - the Netherlands and Belgium.
It's pretty, but I prefer the warmth of those red bricks.

As for English probably since it is a Germanic language, the northern Europeans speak it much better than the southerners.

To Lois Grebowski - you can find Ritter at Costco World Market if there's one near you.

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