Hannover visit November 2015

On the 6th November 17 members of our club travelled to Hannover to visit our twinned club and were royally hosted by Rotarians. On the Friday evening we attended a very enjoyable Club dinner at the Kastens Hotel Luisenhof where the presentation of a Bristol Blue Glass decanter was made to the Hannover president Prof Dr Thomas Schwark 

On the Saturday we enjoyed a talk on the formation of the landscape in this part of Germany from Prof. Richard Pott together with tours of Hamburg both by sea and by land - the port is immense (as are many of the container ships) and diverse in the methods, sizes and range of cargo it handles. 

In the evening we were treated to a traditional dinner at the Privat Brauerei Groningen  where the leberkase, wurst and belly of pork together with sauerkraut, radish and barrels of weissbier were particularly popular with your correspondent...

Following this excellent repast we were transported to the home Joachim and Britta Simmross back in Hannover where the social activities continued and a series of photographs of previous visits were shown to the assembled throng.

On the Sunday morning we embarked on a tour of historic Hannover escorted by various Club members and this gave a truly memorable perspective of the city from the top of a recently opened medieval tower - as well as the impact of the bronze doors to the Altkirche with its relief depiction of scenes from the rise of the Third Reich through the Second World War. The photos below are of another Hannover landmark - the Neues Rathaus. 

Many warm thanks are due to our hosts for their individual hospitality of and to the wider Club in Hannover for its warm and felicitous welcome.

Huge thanks and plaudits are particularly due to Daniel Wichelhaus (Hannover) together with Jim (and Moira) Currie who organised, adapted and accommodated all that was thrown at them to deliver a hugely successful weekend.