Baltic cruise - Warnemünde & Rostock
Another perk of being unemployed in Europe? You (or your husband) can find a cruise deal and with a pretty open schedule and room in your budget...bon voyage! I was hesitant at first because most cruises don't leave a lot of time to really see a city, but this seemed like a good way to dip our toes in the Baltic.
We left out of Copenhagen, Denmark and our first port of call was Warnemünde, Germany. Warnemünde is what you'd expect in a seaside town in October. We walked around for a bit and had some fish for lunch, but I wanted to get away from the beachy souvenir shops and really feel like I was in Germany.
The city of Rostock is ~30 minutes inland by train, so we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon there before it was 'you'd better be back on the boat otherwise we're leaving you' time.
Fortunately we had enough time to see some cool things including this incredible astronomical clock inside Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church). It's from the 15th century, and it still works. I've had my wristwatch since I was 13, and I thought that was impressive.
My horoscope that day was something about travel, so obviously this whole trip was in the stars already. You can read more about the clock here or you could read your horoscope. I'm sure either will give you something to think about.
We also had some rad griffin sightings - standing guard by the city's old gatehouse and on their beer. I like when cities have a symbol or mascot of sorts that you can find places other than t-shirts and postcards.
The griffin was also on manhole covers as part of their coat of arms, so kudos to Rostock for consistency.
Next stop, Tallin, Estonia. No griffins but maybe some dragons or pandas?... (Hint: listen to our latest podcast episode for more).