Leg 6: Luxembourg to Oslo

11May10

This leg of the trip mostly featured a whole lot of German fields and forests, but it was punctuated by some of the urban landscape. Following a couple of stops and a flight over Denmark, this leg concluded in Oslo, Norway. The trip looked like this:

View from the sky…

This is a chilling image, even if you don't realize it.

This looks like just like another field with a track. There’s a stadium off to the side, some trees, some roads that approach the various facilities. But 75 years ago, things here were much different. That’s because this is Nuremberg, and back then the leader of the government at the time held some rallies that looked like this. This might be one of the most striking satellite images that marks the sheer about-face the German republic has undergone.

I’m not sure where exactly the masses assembled here to listen to Hitler speak, but the point is this: Now there are sports played in this space. Talk about urban renewal.

The sprawling city of Berlin

Not much to say here. But this is what Berlin looks like. It’s one of those cities I have a real urge to visit in real life. This is almost the same, right?

The more you know…

The old part of the German town of Lübeck

I really think that Lübeck is a beautiful city from above. Check out that old town in the middle, bordered by the Trave River. That’s actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has been since 1987. Here’s it’s little bio from the UNESCO website:

Lübeck – the former capital and Queen City of the Hanseatic League – was founded in the 12th century and prospered until the 16th century as the major trading centre for northern Europe. It has remained a centre for maritime commerce to this day, particularly with the Nordic countries. Despite the damage it suffered during the Second World War, the basic structure of the old city, consisting mainly of 15th- and 16th-century patrician residences, public monuments (the famous Holstentor brick gate), churches and salt storehouses, remains unaltered.

That’s a pretty stubborn town. And it’s got a pretty sweet front gate (that inscription translates to “harmony within, peace without”).

More view from the sky…

Farmland in Denmark, and then this in Norway

Denmark is full of farmland, according to my view from above. Check out this shot from an area near the northern tip — pretty farm-ish. Cross the water to Norway — really, try it out — and you’ll see landscape like that pictured above. That’s a pretty stark change. And it’s how I entered Scandinavia.

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