Week 50 – Home


“Home is where the heart is”, the saying goes, and although I agree with this sentiment, I used to adapt it to “Home is where my furniture is”. Let me explain.

My husband served in the british military for the majority of our married life, and although we didn’t move as much as some families, we did have quite a number of different “homes”. So, for us, home was wherever the army moved our furniture next. Once he left the army we made our civilian home in a small town in Alberta, Canada, but for me, my true home will always be Hannover in Lower Saxony, Germany. I did not grew up in Hannover, but very close to it. Hannover always felt like home, it is only 30 minutes from where I grew up and most of my teenage years were spent in that city. In fact, our first military home was in Hannover, right next to a park that separated us from the zoo.

As you know, I like to include some historical facts in most of my posts, and this one will be no different, as I introduce you to the fabulous capital city of Lower Saxony.

Hannover (yes, it’s properly spelled with two “n’s” – one of my many pet hates when I see it spelled with only one “n”!) was founded in medieval times on the south bank of the river Leine. Back then it was a small village of ferrymen and fishermen that became a fairly large town in the 13th century thanks to its position at a natural crossroads. It’s position on the upper navigable reaches of the river Leine helped it to grow by increasing trade. The 14th century saw the main churches of Hannover being built, as well as the city wall complete with three city gates. The Marktkirche (Church on the Marketplace) is the main Lutheran church in Hannover, and together with the nearby old town hall is considered the southernmost example of the north german brick gothic architectural style. The church is a hall church (as seen in the collage) and above the nave and the two aisles rises a monumental saddleback roof, which together with the naves, was destroyed in an air raid in 1943 and restored in 1952. The high western tower was a symbol for the power and the wealth of the citizens of the town in the 14th century and is still one of the highest towers in Lower Saxony and a landmark of the city.

For 200 years Hannover was a royal residence, which is still very much felt all around the city with its royal palaces, castles and gardens. The House of Hannover ruled, amongst others, the Kingdom of Great Britain. It succeeded the House of Stuart as monarchs of Great Britain and Ireland in 1714 and held that office until the death of Queen Victoria in 1901.

One of my favourite places is the new town hall (pictured also in the collage). Although it looks fairly old, the new town hall was only built in 1913. The building contains a very unique elevator (apparently the only one like this in Europe) within its dome. It follows the shape of the dome up to an observation platform (almost 100 meters high) at an angle of 17 degree in the 50 meter shaft. Most of the pictures in the collage were taken from that vantage point back in 2006 on one of our visits to my parents.

The other thing I love about the city is its red line, which is literally a painted red line taking you past 36 landmarks. It’s a great way to explore the town, its history and great buildings. It is 4.2 km long, starts at the tourist information center and ends at the Ernst August Platz (Square) in front of the central train station.

Modern day Hannover is renowned for being the world’s largest exhibition center and its many trade fairs, over 60 international and national exhibitions take place every year. The city is also known for its annual Marksmen festival (Schuetzenfest), which is also the largest in the world, and is a combination of traditional marksmen parades, shooting competitions, fun fair (with the largest transportable ferris wheel in the world) and all the other things that make this event a pull for almost 2 million people each year. This particular annual event goes back all the way to 1529!

Can you tell that I love this city? Why move away then, I can hear you all shout. Well, the world is a big place and I want to see as much of it as I can, and even our current home town of Okotoks will not remain our lasting home, as we are already planning where to go next once our daughter has started (and possibly finished) university.

The world is your lobster, as a very good boss of mine once said.

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16 thoughts on “Week 50 – Home

  1. Hannover looks beautiful. (Spell check wants to spell it with one ‘N’.) Germany is a country I haven’t been to, except for Munich airport which doesn’t really count. I must go one day as it seems to be a fantastic country and the German people I have met are always very friendly. That’s a super series of shots – you could turn that into a postcard!

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    • Microsoft has a lot to answer for with their spell check lol! Ivor, you should really go and visit Germany, you won’t regret it. And thank you so much for the compliment on the photos!

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  2. The city of Hannover looks and sounds like a very interesting place to visit.

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  3. Thank you for sharing you love of your hometown in the form of such stunning photos and the fascinating commentary.

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  4. Just beautiful!

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  5. I enjoyed your post and photos of Hannover…there is something to be said for the old classic brick and stone buildings of the “Old World”. I love that style much more than most of the so-called modern architecture. My great grandparents were immigrants from Germany so it would be fun to see their birthplace (I can’t recall the town right now) Sorry to see that you are bowing out of the 2014 Challenge. I’m not going to overthink those musical themes but just go with most of them in a very literal sense from their song titles….don’t have time to do much more than that. And I usually take a photo first and then fit the theme to it. Life is too short to have to follow too many rules for something that is supposed to be FUN! Regardless, I hope you’ll still be posting photos in 2014. I haven’t been very good at commenting but I do stop by and take a peek…it’s a fun mini-vacation for me in the comfort of my armchair. Best to you in 2014.

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    • Hi KarenAnn, thanks for stopping by. I would love to know where your grandparents are from, I always love to know where people emigrated from. I loved the 2013 challenge, it was my first one and the reason I started this blog, and although I appreciate all the hard work that has gone into the 2014 challenge list, it just isn’t for me. This means I will have far more time to post on my blog about all the other things that I am passionate about and want to share.
      Happy New Year to you and yours.

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      • Hi, Simone….I looked up my great-grand’s info and my grandpa was from Munchweiler ad Alsenz and grandma was from Pfullingen. They didn’t know each other in Germany but met after emigrating when grandpa had to write letters for his roommate to grandma as he couldn’t read or write. In the process, grandpa fell in love with the roommate’s girlfriend who then became my grandma. They were married in 1883.

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      • Hi KarenAnn, neither of those places rings a bell, will have to check a map for them to see where in Germany they are in relation to my hometown. I love the story, although do feel for your grandpa’s roommate. Strange how things turn out in life. Thanks for sharing!

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