Saturday, March 21, 2009
Spring is here
"Parle-moi d' amour!" Great crested grebes are performing a cute mating ritual on the pond.
We took a walk in cold wind under blue sky and discovered a part of Hamburg on foot which is one of our favourite things to do on weekends with good weather.
It was really cold! We stayed in the streets and did not head for the shore of our beautiful Alster "lake" -- actually an artificial lake formed from the river Alster. It is nice there, but the wind was too cold. It felt like zero!
The Alster in summer
In the Middleages, people of Hamburg created a reservoir by building a dam into the Alster which drove a mill. Later, when sailing became popular, this was a space to find recreation in sports. Swimming was possible still in the twenties/thirties. Now, water quality has been improved to the point that it is possible again to swim in the Alster. But nobody does; it is not forbidden, but not recommended either.