08 July 2011

hamburg: planten un blomen, elbe tunnel, und eis!

Yesterday involved some store browsing, the botanic gardens, walking underneath the Elbe river, and trying German ice cream - which isn't gelato but is still perfection on a cone in it's own right. We started the day off in an expensive shopping district, and after trying on a bunch of different cute pieces of clothing at Cos, I didn't find anything that fit me just right, opting to spend the day away from the stores outside soaking up the beautiful German sun.

We headed to Planten un Blomen, one of the major landscaped botanic gardens in Hamburg. I enjoyed a bagel outside and then we headed into the greenhouses to check out some of the exotic flora. My faves included seeing the banana tree, a living fossil, and "Mickey Mouse" plants (red with big black seedlings that look like Mickey's nose). We spent a good part of the day sitting in the gardens, playing with an adorable wandering baby, and gossiping in English and German. Adolfo, you are a fabulous translator!

After the garden, we walked to a few viewpoints for pictures, then took a walk through an underground tunnel to cross the Elbe river. It was crazy! We took an insane set of steps down, then walked a narrow path alongside a single car road for what seemed like forever. We took an elevator up, and when we came out, we were on the other side of the Elbe. Adolfo bought us eis, and I had shokolade and egg nog flavored cream, a winning combination. Satisfied by our eis, we headed back across the river, to the train, and home for dinner.

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obligatory close-up flora pictures
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Adolfo and his darling roommate Julia!
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BABY PARTY TIME (he was pretty stoked on my set of stabilo pens)
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down into the tunnel
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the other side of the Elbe

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dress: thrifted
necklace: hawaii
shades: f21

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