LONG NIGHT OF THE MUSEUMS – 18th May 2019

On a balmy evening, accompanied by weather that was more summer like than spring, 12 of us met on the inviting terrace of the Hamburg History museum to enjoy a cool drink and fortify ourselves with sustenance from their menu for the long evening ahead.
After an illuminating tour in English, where we learned interesting facts about the development of Hamburg and its port over the centuries, we were entertained by Swing Dancing and some of us joined in for a quick lesson on the basic steps!
All too soon it was time to make our way to the harbour for our trip across the Elbe to the Port of Hamburg Museum. There we wandered around the exhibits and enjoyed the tea tasting and, for those who still had some appetite, soup, sausage, or “Fischbrötchen”.
Then it was time to hop on the bus back into the Speicherstadt to enjoy a fascinating tour (again in English) of the International Maritime Museum.
While there, we were entertained by a Scottish Pipes and Drums band, and the swirl of the bagpipes filled the ‘Decks’ (as they call the open floors of the museum). I must say, as a native Scot, I felt the tug of the Highlands and more than a twinge of nostalgia and national pride!
On that high, with the sound of that glorious bagpipe refrain ‘the Rowan tree’ still ringing in our ears, some of us tried our hands at the game
shuffleboard and we sampled the real ale offered by the Landgang Brauerei of Altona. A toast of thanks was made to our organizer member for her excellent arrangement of the itinerary, everything ran like clockwork.
What a great way to round off a perfect evening. Looking forward to doing it again next year!