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Wismar

We didn’t make it to Rostock the next day as we decided to visit the town of Wismar, the write-up that we read sounded promising. Near the edge of town was a motorhome park and as it was only 10 euros we decided to make it our stop for the night. Arriving at lunch time we first thought the place was full but around the corner we saw a few empty places, we parked in our spot and during the next 15 minutes the remaining places were filled and the park which has 60 places was full. While we were having lunch we watched a procession of motorhomes drive in, do a lap of the park and out again, we were glad we arrived when we did. This weekend was a holiday one with Thursday being Ascension Day as well as father’s day in Germany.

The harbour and streets were very busy in Wismar. There were several of these enclosed old-timer scooters on parade.

The harbour and streets were very busy in Wismar. There were several of these enclosed old-timer scooters on parade.

Swedish heads. They used to be posted at the entrance of the harbour, they have lions on their heads.

Swedish heads. They used to be posted at the entrance of the harbour, they have lions on their heads.

Two buildings at the town square.

Two buildings at the town square.

After some lunch we strolled to the harbour where plenty of people were enjoying the day’s outing. Fish was being sold from boats, a small fair was set up on the old harbour and old boats were lined up on display. The walk to the centre of town was only 10 minutes and we passed some old interesting buildings and street scapes. The large town square was a bit disappointing as it was lacking in something and we couldn’t pin point what. After a customary ice-cream we continued to explore the old town and returned to the ‘Bunyip’ before it got too cold.

Rostock

The next morning the motorhome park was busy with people preparing and leaving, by the time we left at around 10.30 about a third of the other motorhomes had already departed. We have been putting our TomTom on to the non-motorway setting as we wanted to see the country side and the towns along the way. When we go on the motorway we mainly just see the back of trucks. We arrived in Rostock and went to the carpark that we knew allowed motorhomes to park overnight only to find it totally full, it was a Saturday. We saw other motorhomes in the adjacent carpark and set up for the day and stayed in the same spot overnight.

As we entered the old city of Rostock this statue was in a small street. In the next photo see what Jenny is looking at.

As we entered the old city of Rostock this statue was in a small street. In the next photo see what Jenny is looking at.

Birds are sitting on the house dung at the back of the statue.

Birds are sitting on the house dung at the back of the statue.

In the town square ther were many statues. This one of the wild boar caught my attention.

In the town square there were many statues. This one of the wild boar caught my attention.

A mobile coffee vender in the main square.

A mobile coffee vender in the main square.

View of the streets of Rostock. The place was busy with shoppers and a few tourists like us.

View of the streets of Rostock. The place was busy with shoppers and a few tourists like us.

In a chocolate shop we saw some beetles. Reminded us of Bertie beetles although they are a lot bigger. We did have to buy one to try, very nice.

In a chocolate shop we saw some beetles. Reminded us of Bertie beetles although they are a lot bigger. We did have to buy one to try, very nice.

The astrological clock in the old church. Most of the rest inside was covered in scaffolding.

The astrological clock in the old church. Most of the rest inside was covered in scaffolding.

The walking tour took us to the old entrance to the town.

The walking tour took us to the old entrance to the town.

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A very cosy coffee shop where we escaped from the rain and cold for awhile.

A very cosy coffee shop where we escaped from the rain and cold for awhile.

After rugging up we walked in to the centre of town and found the Information centre and map with a suggested walking route. We set of down the main shopping road which was busy with Saturday shoppers and then turned off towards the old church. We have seen many churches and always can manage to find something interesting in them. This was a bit disappointing as it was full of scaffolding but were intrigued with the astrological clock and the large wooden altar piece. Continuing on our way we followed part of the old town wall and along to another 2 churches which we decided not to bother entering. It was starting to rain so we found a lovely Café and settled into the cosy interior to warm ourselves with a cappuccino. It was then time to head back towards the harbor and settle in for the night.

A we were walking back we saw a man sitting on the window ledge, on closer inspection he was a dummy.

A we were walking back we saw a man sitting on the window ledge, on closer inspection he was a dummy.

Our spot for the night near to the harbour.

Our spot for the night near to the harbour.

On our drive to Greifswald we stopped for lunch and decided to test out the solar panels.

On our drive to Greifswald we stopped for lunch and decided to test out the solar panels.

The plug and socket that Martin installed for us. Very neat job, thank you Martin. It makes plugging the solar panel in very easy.

The plug and socket that Martin installed for us. Very neat job, thank you Martin. It makes plugging the solar panel in very easy.

Greifswald

As we left Rostock in the morning the rain started and continued for the morning and into the afternoon. We parked near to the town of Greifswald deciding to spend the rest of the day reading and catching up on writing the blog. By late afternoon the rain cleared and we rugged up and went into the town. It felt like an Adelaide winter, we had many layers of clothes on as well as scarves and hats and although the clouds had gone and the sun was out, the wind cut through all our protective layers. The town was very quiet as it was Sunday and the rain and cold had kept many away, with a few people like us wandering along the streets, window shopping and idling the afternoon away. When we returned back to home we found we had a dutch motorhome next to us and he was happy to have a chat and as most other motorhomers seem to be, happy to have someone else parked up for the night. (I suppose it feels safer that way)

From the carpark to the old town we crossed a bridge over the water with many old boats.

From the carpark to the old town we crossed a bridge over the water with many old boats.

Jenny in the town square all rugged up. Come on the summer!!

Jenny in the town square all rugged up. Come on the summer!!

The town square was big and empty as the cold and rain had kept everyone away.

The town square was big and empty as the cold and rain had kept everyone away.

Statue of a boy catching eels.

Statue of a boy catching eels.

Not really sure what this statue was about, there were not plaques to say what it meant.

Not really sure what this statue was about, there were not plaques to say what it meant.

 

Once we reach Gdansk our direction will be south and hopefully the weather will warm up.

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