The Bremen Town-Musicians

The Bremen Town-MusiciansMany of us know about the city of Bremen from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Bremen Town Musicians“. But not a lot of people will take a trip just with the purpose to see that statue. However if you are close to this city for some reason it worth to come and see that landmark and the city itself. Because we’ve been just 100 miles away we decided to visit that lovely place. On sunny April Saturday morning we went on a date with this beautiful city. Driving on German Autobahn easy and relaxing this is why travel time has flown by. Leaving the car in the parking lot away from the centre, we took the street car for further travel.Bremen street car From the bridge Burgermeister-Schmidt-Brücke we continued walking along the promenade of the river Weser. On the lower level of the promenade a flea market takes place at the weekend. It looks like a treasure island filled with many interesting things and absolutely useless junk. However, everyone can find something cute and useful to buy just for funny price. On the upper level there is a wide pedestrian area with lots of outdoor cafes and pubs, souvenir shops, improvised scenes, where something happen all the time.Musicians The relaxed audience sat under gentle spring sunshine with a glass of wine or beer, talking and listening to music. European cities are different compare to the American and Canadian ones with one important thing – there is no shopping at the weekend at all. People simply take a break from everyday worries.

After passing through the ranks of the “flea markets” we were have a choice – to continue to walk along the waterfront or rather go up to the city. We choose to the go wandering on the little pretty streets watching the city life of the day. So suddenly we were in the central square Markt Platz, where the Town Hall, St. Peter’s Basilica and the city parliament are located. In front of Town Hall there is Sculpture of Roland who is associated with independence of Bremen. In the western part of the Town Hall finally we saw the famous Musicians that, in fact, brought us to the city and what we take our trip for. A small bronze sculpture nested right near the Town Hall wall. A big Barcelonacrowd of tourists were waiting for their turn to take a picture with the sculpture, and therefore get one good shot without any participants is almost impossible.
We completed our tour with the lovely lunch at a restaurant with an interesting name «Bar Celona», which sounds like the capital of Catalonia – Barcelona. Farewell to someone or something is always with sadness. The only good thing what encourage us is anticipation to meet new cities and people.

 

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22 thoughts on “The Bremen Town-Musicians

  1. Excellent images. I remember our trip to Bremen very well and especially that statue. Our German hosts (parents of an exchange student who lived with us in the U.S.) gave us a wonderful tour of that city and several others. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

  2. As always, gorgeous shots, Alexander! I especially love your top shot of the fabulous statue. “The Town Musicians of Bremen” has always been a favorite tale. The beauty of teamwork! “The cat saves the day!” says this mad, mad cat lady. Say, did you find any treasures at the flea market?
    Enjoy the week,
    Theadora

    • Thank you, Theadora.
      I am not person who collect things I collect impressions, memories, feelings. I love to wander through flea market and observe treasures and sellers, talk to them, and keep their stories.
      When you know about some iconic thing but never saw it the feeling and impressions while you meet it very touchy. That happened when I’ve met this symbolic sculpture in Bremen.
      All the best,
      Alex.

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  4. Hi Alexander. Your pictures are wonderful as they were from your visit in London. I thought I would write something brilliant but sometimes it is better to aim low and get it done 🙂
    The pictures are sharp and the colours are great. It’s a joy to look at.
    All the best,
    Hanna

  5. Nice. Though Bremen always reminds me of a ghost story that scared the living hell out of me as a kid. It takes place in a cellar pub and after that they put up a wall so you can’t enter the room anymore. So when I went to Bremen the first thing I wanted to see was the wall…

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