The last weekend in March we went to Hamburg in northern Germany. It was our first visit there and we didn’t really know what to expect. What we found was a beautiful, open city with masses of greenery – the result of much of the city being destroyed first by fire and then by the war. Unfortunately the weather was bitterly cold with flurries of snow which meant that sightseeing wasn’t a high priority. However, what we saw was enough to make us hope to return again later in the year.
I did venture out one afternoon as I particularly wanted to visit the Speicherstadt – the warehouse district and the neighbouring Harbour City, a new dockland development of waterside living accommodation.
tucked away in a tiny alley near the church of St Michaelis is a minute alley consisting of a row of tiny houses originally consisted in 1620 for the widows of small traders. They were taken over by the city in 1863 and used as old people’s homes until 1969. Now they are just a tourist attraction. The one in the photo has been renovated to look as it might have originally done. The rest are shops or cafes.
I was much intrigued by some publicity advertising a show in the national art gallery
, which we didn’t manage to see, entitled “ornithopoesie” (literally bird poetry) by the artist Georg Jappe, who said that “birds are the landscape’s memory”.