Bremen, Germany

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On Saturday I went to Bremen to meet up with a colleague/friend. We spent the day strolling around the city, checking out interesting shops, and eating good food. I pretty much stopped taking weekend trips with a state ticket (Niedersachsen-Ticket, in this case) after moving to the north. It is time to be reminded how a day trip can light up the whole weekend and make it more meaningful.

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Böttcherstraße, a historic street in Bremen. The street was completed in 1931 by a local coffee trader, Ludwig Roselius, the founder of today’s coffee company HAG. It is interesting that one of his visions was to have Böttcherstraße as a ‘city within a city’. Well, just another thing that Hitler did not like. So the street was largely destroyed at the end of WWII, and later rebuilt.

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The architectural style of most of the Böttcherstraße is called brick expressionism. And I just learnt that Hamburg is a place where there are lots of brick expressionist buildings (makes sense!). I particularly like the tall, decorative faces, and the windows with small colonial grids. They combine very well into each other.

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