When we were in Germany last time we toured
Warnemunde, ia coastal resort town on the Baltic sea that was once part of East Germany.
This time we decided to visit her older sister Rostock. It was founded on the site of an old Wendish fortress and quickly became a leading member
of the Hanseatic League, 
a commercial and defensive confederation of free cities in northern Germany and surrounding areas founded in 1241.
Nearly destroyed during WWII, the city still boasts having the
oldest and largest university in continental northern Europe, a city gate which
survived the ravages of time, the 'New Market' Square lined with six original carefully preserved, gable houses from the 15th and 16th
centuries, the Town Hall and St. Mary's Church, an imposing brick Gothic church built in the 13th century.

In case you are wondering why some of the pictures are in B&W, Izak was fiddling with my camera and accidentally set
it that way, which I didn't notice until the following day. So I've used a number of Jay's photos as well as mine.


Some of the gable houses in Market Square, with St. Mary's church in the background. I'm not sure what the statues represent. and unfortunately couldn't find any reference to them on the net.


Another view.

And here's what they look like in colour.

An interesting name for a pharmacy - 'RATS'

I'm not big on pictures of churches, but I really liked this one that Jay took in St. Mary's.

The Astrological Clock in St. Mary's
Behind the high altar is the astronomical clock  built in 1472 by a clockmaker from Nuremberg. It consists of three partitions. The only one seen here is the middle  clock which shows the daily time, the zodiac, moon phases, and month. The medieval clock is the only one of its kind still in working condition with its original clockworks.

After the church tour, we got to wander on our own for a couple of hours.

The local fountain, which seemed to be a favourite attraction for children.


This is what it really looks like.

Izak and Jay, during our search for a comfortable outdoor cafe.

Afterwards, we walked down to the sea, where our ride back to the ship was waiting for us. A lone bike rider was headed the same way.

Part of the walk was down a street which consisted of several levels and small fountains.

Our ride. 

Dina and Jay comfortably seated for the ride 'home'.

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