Thursday, July 9, 2009

Lovely Lubeck & Kiel, Germany.....

We didn’t spend much time in Kiel. We were off on the bus by 9:30am on our way to lovely Lubeck. Lubeck is a medieval city, capital of the Hanseatic League. The Hanseatic League was a powerful group of trading partners across northern Europe. Lubeck is considered the first western city along the Baltic coast, it was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 1987. The Marketplatz dates back to 1230, and Marienkirche (St. Mary’s) is the country’s third largest church featuring the world’s largest mechanized organ. Thomas Mann hails from Lubeck and Lubeck is said to be the place where marzipan was invented. We had a delightful lunch and headed back to the ship just in time for sailing. Tomorrow is Copenhagen and then we’re off to London and home, eventually! 

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