31 July 2013 @ 11:54 pm
I'm not really a boat person, I like my feet firmly on the ground. I've given canoeing a shot, but mostly my friend and I just spent a lot of time turning in circles on the lake near my parents' house where we rented the canoes, then got soaked to the skin in a storm a few meters up the river and had to seek shelter in one of the dressier restaurants in that part of town. A fond memory, but it didn't particularly endear me to the bumbling around on the water.

Crocky and I gave rowing a shot today, and I took to it surprisingly well. We didn't turn around in circles unless we wanted to, and this tour around the Bürgerpark showed us some very pretty sides of this city.

We went from the Emmasee once round the "Zentraler Wasserlauf" back to the Emmasee.

The ducks usually followed our boat for a couple of meters, and I'm guessing that they are fed well by the many people paddling through here. They do live dangerously, though - we did find a dead duck floating face down, and unless it was sick it's well possible that it was knocked on the head by a stray oar.

I'd love to wander around in there.

Tiny little featherballs, those baby moorhens.

I'm glad that I saw this one before I had another encounter with the shore like I had once before.

And afterwards we had pancakes on the Admiral Nelson, which is Bremen's most famous pancake restaurant. It's a former trawler converted into a look-a-like of the HMS Conway, a former merchant navy school ship. Incidentally, the Conway was shipwrecked in 1953 between the two bridges connecting the island of Anglesey in the north of Wales with the Welsh mainland, the bridge we crossed to Anglesey last week. They'd tried to sail her through the famously dangerous "Swellies" ignoring the ebbing tide, and that after successfully getting through Menai Bridge with only a few feet to spare above and below.

Current Mood: excited
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
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[identity profile] kellychambliss.livejournal.com on August 1st, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)
These are great photos! I don't think I'd be able to pilot a rowboat *and* set up good shots. I'm not an outdoorsy type at all, even in very domesticated natural settings. So I am content to let others do the outdoor work and enjoy the fruits of their labors from the comfort of my couch /g/. Beautiful pics.
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Mothwing: Photo[identity profile] mothwing.livejournal.com on August 1st, 2013 09:47 am (UTC)
Oh, Crocky was paddling me around while I was comfortably settled in the back when I was taking pictures. :D While I was paddling I was too busy concentrating on not hitting anything with my oars.

Glad that you like the pictures, thanks! :)
TBH, I'm only a fairweather outdoorsy person myself (that enjoys the outdoors only if it has signposts and is well-maintained). One drop and I'm heading inside.
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[identity profile] cranky--crocus.livejournal.com on August 1st, 2013 05:26 am (UTC)
Wonderful pictures! (aslkdjflasfj at the baby moorhens; I haven't seen them in ages.) I'd love to explore that plant and woody vine building, too!

Mmm. Looks like such a lovely holiday.
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Mothwing: Photo[identity profile] mothwing.livejournal.com on August 1st, 2013 09:49 am (UTC)
It's a house made entirely out of beech boughs, so cool!

I'm trying to make the most of it while I still can. By this time next week I'll be back at school and have more lessons than ever before.
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[identity profile] cranky--crocus.livejournal.com on August 1st, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
It's a house made entirely out of beech boughs, so cool!
Yes! *Wants to visit.*

By this time next week I'll be back at school and have more lessons than ever before.
Ack. I'll be thinking of you, Miss Hardbroom, and hoping you don't end up in the stationery closet a la the Batty one. (; (But seriously - good luck! I know from friends that the first weeks can be difficult to get into after the long holiday time.)
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[identity profile] therealsnape.livejournal.com on August 1st, 2013 06:43 am (UTC)
Great pics! That ivy-covered building is great, I'd love to explore that, too.

And what a spectacular park. If I ever get to Bremen, that's where I'll head.
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Mothwing[identity profile] mothwing.livejournal.com on August 1st, 2013 09:53 am (UTC)
Loved the building, too! It doesn't really come out in that picture, but it's actually entirely built out of beech boughs.

You should, the Bürgerpark is lovely! Give me a shout when you do, I'd love to meet you. :)
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[identity profile] minervas-eule.livejournal.com on August 1st, 2013 10:19 am (UTC)
Oh - I am envious: what a wonderful waterway to paddle/row on; cirles are so practical (we have our problems to get back to the point where the car is parked all the time, especially if there is a current, but I guess in your case there was non ....)
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Mothwing: A'Tuin[identity profile] mothwing.livejournal.com on August 1st, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
We do have several boat/rowing/canoeing/sailing clubs close by because we live near a river and I always admire the folks who brave that current. I don't know how they do it, I'm convinced I'd go backwards.

Our boat tour was incredibly newbie-friendly. The only thing that was difficult to navigate were the bridges (avoiding the walls) and the flora (don't get your oars stuck in the water lilies. Don't destroy the water lilies!) as well as the fauna (try to avoid hitting the kamikaze ducks with oars), so nothing that anyone with any experience would have any problems with!
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