Sunday, July 6, 2014

Arriving and Exploring Bremen

Departing from Hamburg to Bremen.
July 6, 2014 - Bremen, Germany. The CWE crew departed from Hamburg on Saturday, July 5th. The group took a train to Bremen, and arrived in the afternoon with time to explore the city center for a bit. The city center is located a short walk away from the hotel and in the evening there were street performers and vendors providing food and entertainment for all. The town was buzzing with activity and the group had a quick introduction to Bremen.

Bremen is a Hanseatic city in northwestern Germany. A commercial and industrial city with a major port on the River Weser, called Bremerhaven. Bremen is the second most populous city in Northern Germany and tenth in Germany.

At the Ratskeller: Mable Baker,
Shetay Ashford, Anita Lamoureux,
Todd Van Auken, Meredith Bogush,
and Zach Riffell.
On Sunday, some in the group gathered for lunch at the Ratskeller (Wine Cellar). The Ratskeller is a restaurant located under the vaulted ceiling of the Bremen City Hall, which is recognize as a UNESCO World Heritage monument. The restaurant has booths called Priƶlken and may only be closed if more than two people are seated. The restaurant is named after its original function as a wine cellar. According to city of Bremen sources, the oldest German wine is stored in barrels at the Ratskeller.

Meredith Bogush, who arrived the day before, joined the group for lunch. Ansberto was on a mission to rent a bike, while Angelica was out and about on her own.  After lunch at the Ratskeller, Meredith received a very personable welcome by a marching band making the rounds in the city center. Watch the video clip below.

Zach and Mabel chocolate sampling.
The next stop was at the Hachez chocolate store across the street. The Hachez company, in business since 1890, produces a range of chocolate products notable for its unusual flavoring combinations. According to the company, Hachez is one of the very few chocolate makers who still maintain the traditional ways of making prime chocolates. Today, the Bremer Hachez company remains one of the world's foremost manufacturers of premium chocolate products.