A different view

Had anyone told me two years ago that I would move back to Lüneburg my answer would have been “never ever!!!”

But look at me now: I have not only moved back to Lüneburg but am living in the house my grandparents build 80 years ago. There are new neighbors, but next door is the grandson of the old lady I remember from my childhood days.

Lüneburg has grown. When I moved away as a 19 year old girl it was a sleepy small town, now, 38 years later, the derelict old houses have been beautifully restored and it’s population has almost doubled.  There is a famous telenovela produced in Lüneburg and fans from all over Germany visit the places they know from TV.

There are many young people from all over the word, since Lüneburg has turned into a unversity town and many professionals from Hamburg have moved into this rather romantic town, as it offers good schools and a quieter environment for the family. As a result there are a lot of very nice shops, cafés and restaurants.

I admit: I like living in Lüneburg and have difficulties understanding why I had such negative feelings about it as a young girl. Maybe it simply takes a while to understand that it is not the place you live in that determins your happiness but whether you live in peace with yourself and are able and willing to take responsibility for what you make out of your talents and possibilities.

At the moment we are busy restoring the old house, but whenever possible I am taking walks through both the old and new parts of the town and we plan a lot of trips to explore Northern Saxony.

Here is a photo of the view from Lüneburg’s watertower:

 

Back to the roots

p1060175After 37 years I have moved back to Lüneburg, the town I grew up in. During these years I have been visiting Lüneburg regularly to see my family or to show the place to visitors from abroad, and during the last years I began to appreciate the beauty of this town.

When my mother declared that she wanted to sell the family home and move to a small flat it didn’t take us long to decide to sell our house in Schleswig-Holstein and buy the house I grew up in instead.

After many weeks of showing our old home to strangers we finally found a buyer and moved to Lüneburg 5 days before Christmas.

Staying in the house feels like being in a holiday home. The most important things are unpacked, but it doesn’t feel like home yet. I feel like an intruder in my parent’s house, but I am optimistic that these feelings will fade when we begin restoring and renovating the house.

I am also excited about exploring old places and discovering new ones. From now on you will find more fotos from Northern-Saxony here, especially of the area south of Hamburg.

 

It’s been a while

…. since I have posted anything here. I felt a bit bad about not finishig the A – Z challenge and running out of ideas for topics connected to North Germany.

Today I would like to take you on a walk through an old quarter of Lüneburg. The old streets I am showing you are around the St. Michaelis church. I was christened and confirmed there, just like my father. My parents got married in that church.

When I grew up in Lüneburg this “Altstadt” was pretty much run down. It was a place for poor, rough people to live and there were some quite seedy pubs as well as a cinema that showed films for grown-ups. I remember stopping there on my way to my rollerskate-training, as one could buy icecream for 10 Pfennig at the box office .

In some of the streets there wasn’t even plumbing in the houses. Twice a week a truck would come and some men would carry out some big, evil smelling buckets  and empty them  into a big container . I remember that a schoolmate of mine lived in one of these houses and cruel as children are we teased him about their loo all the time.

Now, enough talking. Have a look what the area around the church looks like today:

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There are many interesting details when looking closer at the houses

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Following this street you will come to the city center with its impressive patrician houses

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It is quiet in these streets on a Sunday morning

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Little back garden

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St. Michaelis seen from the back side

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Street from which the backside of the church was photographed

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Walking through this street it is not far to the library

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Street across the church.