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Old May 31st, 2012, 07:34 PM   #21
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Nice medieval part of town, despite the apartment block having been refurbished it still jars with the streetscape of Southampton.

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The Tudor house, it seemed like quite a big deal but didnt go inside. Aparently is preserved as to the time it was built, still very pretty and glad it survived the bombs and developers.

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In front of it is the old market square and church, and just behind it the city wall and old town dock (now completely land locked).

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Old May 31st, 2012, 07:39 PM   #22
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Onto the main shopping street,

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The anchor of the QE2, donated to the city due to the close links between the 2. Sadly the ship is sitting in Dubai with an uncertain future

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Southampton city hall, nice building with a museum and other uses, cant help feel its cut off from the city center and forms a traffic island more than a civic quarter

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Old May 31st, 2012, 07:40 PM   #23
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Boarding the QM2, it docks at ocean terminal which is actually quite nice which contrasted with Hamburg

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Old May 31st, 2012, 07:42 PM   #24
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When at sea its hard to believe you are 15 stories up, but in port its very aparent!

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It feels in places very much like the ocean liners of old

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Old May 31st, 2012, 07:46 PM   #25
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Leaving Southampton, due to little public access around the port it seems a bit of a non event when leaving, which is a shame and a hue contrast to Hamburg which has adopted the ship more than Southampton. You can see the Isle of Wight ferry, and some large containers ships in the distance

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Hythe pier

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Osbourne house

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Portsmouth a city i know well, has a great little skyline and the spinaker tower is quite a unique piece of architecture. The whole city is built on an island and is one of the densest in the UK.

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Old May 31st, 2012, 07:47 PM   #26
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Another Isle of Wight ferry, this time from Portsmouth. Some say going to the isle of Wiht is like stepping back in time 40 years ago! You might also be able to make out one of the Royal Navys new ships, and maybe one of its oldest

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Some interiors, the Theater. The ship was mostly occupied by Germans, who from the fact the y were watching old black and white movies from the 20's gave quite a traditional impression.

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Old May 31st, 2012, 07:51 PM   #27
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The grand lobby

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Britannia restaurant, where most nights you need a tuxedo to eat or at least jacket and tie

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Deckside, notice the white star in reffereance to the uniting of Cunard and White Star lines in the 1930's

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Heavy seas for some

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Old May 31st, 2012, 07:54 PM   #28
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I had a room with a balcony, but plenty of space to sunbathe

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Pretty sunset before dinner

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Not sure where this is, but it was at the mouth of the Elbe. Germans sure love their TV towers!

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Entrance to the Kiel canal

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First views of Hamburg sailing down the Elbe, which takes 4 hours to navigate

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Next up Germany!!!!!!

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Old May 31st, 2012, 08:27 PM   #29
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Just saw your pics on flickr. Really good eye my friend
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Old June 1st, 2012, 01:35 AM   #30
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How/when/why did you decide to undertake such an extensive journey through Germany? I Love the fact, that you arrived on an ocean liner!
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Old June 1st, 2012, 04:50 PM   #31
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That little cargo barge in the last picture looks like it is about to sink, or be swamped by the wake of the QM2

What a specatucular ship the QM2 is. Thanks for the pictures.
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Old June 1st, 2012, 08:45 PM   #32
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Yes, small ships like such barges must be pretty brave on Elbe river sometimes, since when a strong western wind blows the waves become pretty big. Not this case here though.
Btw, it's sill not Hamburg on the picture, but Wedel, a 32k small suburb, round 2 km before city's border.
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Old June 1st, 2012, 09:02 PM   #33
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Just saw your pics on flickr. Really good eye my friend
Skipping ahead lol, thanks for the compliment!

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How/when/why did you decide to undertake such an extensive journey through Germany? I Love the fact, that you arrived on an ocean liner!
Well ive always been fond of big journeys since i went around the world, this started off as a trip on the QM2 to Hamburg, a few days there and then fly home. It escalated to a full tour of Germany after that as had been to Frankfurt and Heidelburg before, and felt silly having been to many places abroad and only 2 places in Germany. As it turned out i only had 1 night in hamburg but i saw quite a bit of the center though by no means all of it.

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That little cargo barge in the last picture looks like it is about to sink, or be swamped by the wake of the QM2

What a specatucular ship the QM2 is. Thanks for the pictures.
Its quite a big estuary, and there were other huge ships navigating past these smaller ships. The QM2 is definately a very unique and stylish ship, an amazing piece of architecture that moves.

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Yes, small ships like such barges must be pretty brave on Elbe river sometimes, since when a strong western wind blows the waves become pretty big. Not this case here though.
Btw, it's sill not Hamburg on the picture, but Wedel, a 32k small suburb, round 2 km before city's border.
Thanks for the correction, from here on it was a pretty continuous band of habitation along the Elbe.

I missed 7 pics so have inserted them above in their right places
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Old June 1st, 2012, 09:08 PM   #34
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I have to say sailing into Hamburg was one fo the most amazing experiances! There were so many peopl out to welcome the ship and see it sail by. thought it might be because of the harbour festival but the people were out for miles before we got to Hamburg.

Here they were letting off fireworks

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Really nice homes

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and some really really nice homes!

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Old June 1st, 2012, 09:09 PM   #35
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This ship fired a shot at us, fake of course but still funny

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Old June 1st, 2012, 09:10 PM   #36
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There were 2 of these ships in port, as this one passed everyone waved and cheered to each other, was a cool experiance! Interesting to think of the different experiance the guests on that ship were having

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Interesting, reminds me of Madrid

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TV towers!

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Old June 1st, 2012, 10:43 PM   #37
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Your pics are very unique, cause, I'd say, they have also a huge documentary character beside their aesthetic values. I never saw so many Hamburg photos taken from the QM2 till now. Your timing was perfect, and the weather was too. A clear blue sky would only destroy the character of your pics and would give their motives too much ordinary postcard-like touches.

Stephen, if you agree, I could insert some wiki links to your pics to make them more understandable for all

P5132268 - Cuxhaven
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"The stunning views from the river-facing portions of Blankenese have resulted in highly desirable properties and expensive real estate prices. The steep hillside residences boast many tiny, pedestrian-only streets and 4,864 stairs. The Strandweg is home to the Strand Hotel, built in 1902, as well as several other cafes and restaurants. There are two lighthouses, a roman garden, a doll museum and many parks and walking trails in Blankenese"
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P5132309 - Jenisch-House and Jenisch park
"Jenisch House (Jenisch-Haus) is a country house in Hamburg built in the 19th century and an example of Hanseatic lifestyle and neoclassical architecture. As of 2008, Jenisch House is the home of the Museum für Kunst und Kultur an der Elbe. The house was built by Franz Forsmann and Karl Schinkel for Martin Johann Jenisch between 1831 and 1834. Jenisch used it as a country house. Jenisch House is located in Jenisch Park, Hamburg's oldest landscaped park and a protected area of 43 ha (110 acres). The park was landscaped by Caspar Voght as a model farm and arboretum about 1800."
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P5132312 - replica o of the Russian Shtandart.
"The frigate Shtandart (Russian: Штандартъ) was the first ship of Russia's Baltic fleet. Her keel was laid on April 24, 1703 at the Olonetsky shipyard near Olonets by the decree of Tsar Peter I and orders issued by commander Aleksandr Menshikov. The vessel was built by the Dutch shipwright Vybe Gerens under the direct supervision of the tsar. "
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 02:35 AM   #38
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Wow, what a great trip that must have been. brilliant city scape shots of the QM2!
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 03:32 AM   #39
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Great photos. I'm looking forward to see the rest of your journey.
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 06:43 PM   #40
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