As we near the end of our Baltic Cruise, we dock at Rostock, until 1989-90 the most important port of the former German Democratic Republic. It was an aviation manufacturing center right up until it was bombed in World War II, and the site of the very first jet plane test flights. One wouldn't be aware of this history while admiring the peaceful views.
Although we've traveled somewhat extensively in Germany, including a week driving through the former East Germany (DDR) we've never been here before. We divided our time between the the spots, traveling by train to Warnemünde in the morning, and walking around Rostock in the afternoon.
Much of what we saw is quite "touristy" in a pleasant sort of way. Since we're tourists, we enjoyed ourselves doing nothing in particular, and added Rostock-Warnemünde to our list of places we'd like to visit again.
It was interesting to notice the similar architecture in the cities we visited, dating back to the influence of the Hanseatic League.
We always enjoy window shopping at local markets, large and small.
Modern statuary sometimes just isn't quite as impressive as the old generals on horseback, but it can definitely be just a bit, well, weird.
The pretty waterfront the reminded us of the spot in Copenhagen where we'd just enjoyed lunch with Lene and her sons.
We walked out to the end of a breakwater to admire Rostock's magnificent beach, but guessed it might be a little cool for swimming.
We also enjoyed slipping away from the main tourist spots and walking along the side streets.
Kathy translated this sign for Brian: God Protect This House from Famine and Fire, City Planners and Taxes. In olden days versions of this read "war and taxes." It rhymes in German.
As Yogi Berra titled his autobiography, you can observe a lot by watching. Brian was impressed to learn how one German fellow carries his umbrella while keeping his hands free to order and eat a döner kebab.
Now it's back to the ship to ready ourselves for the transit through the Kiel Canal... or so we thought. Stay tuned.