August 22nd: Not Yet to Hannover

Hameln...

This is the town that spawned the Pied Piper story. We are staying here tonight. I can see now where Walt Disney got his inspiration for his Germanish buildings in Disneyland. Hameln "feels" like square block after square block of Disneyesque buildings! It is wonderful!

The Pied Piper story goes something like this....The town hired this "exterminator" to rid the town of rats. This fellow claimed he could play his flute and lure the rats away for a fee. He played his flute and led them to their deaths in the nearby river.

But the town didn't pay him! They thought he was a sorcerer.

In anger, he played his flute and lured all the children (except for one lame boy) into a mysterious doorway that suddenly appeared in the side of a hill. They have never been seen since.

This fairy tale has some basis in fact since several centuries ago, the children of Hameln DID inexplicably depart the town!

 

A cobblestone side street in Hameln

 

A long and wide street filled with shops

 

A shot of another wonderful street

 

It keeps getting better

 

Just a few more...