Another day, another walk. Tea in flask and of we go.
Besides the river Elbe Hamburg also has two lakes to make the city a bit watery. The Binnenalster and the Außenalster are artificial lakes around which the city expanded.
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Round the Binnenalster to the first stop: “Colonnaden Tea Contor”. A place already mentioned by Lahikmajoe on his blog. From the outside this place looks a bit like a standard souvenir shop. But we are deceived. Inside is a proper tea shop containing a nice selection of pretty good teas. After smelling and looking at several teas I left the place with only 5 teas, a tin and the wish for more.
After being surprised by a friend that happened to be in Hamburg instead of Afrika I went on to Planten und Blomen to visit another part of the park.
Planten und Blomen revisited
Through the Japanese landscape garden.
At this side of the park there is a Japanese garden. It was added to the park in 1991. The water runs 230 meters and falls 4 meters. According to the text this 18000 sqm garden is the largest in Europe. The most important part of the garden is of course the tea house.
“Excuse me. Should not the tea house open on 3 O’clock?” asks someone of me. I do not know, but considering it was almost time I postponed my moving on.
And indeed my wait was rewarded. The teahouse was opened and I had a nice cup of Genmaicha. Yes, indeed a nice cup of Genmaicha. If all Genmaicha was like this I might even like it and drink it regularly.
This was a place where I could have stayed a long, long time. However I had other plans. So after a few cups and a small donation I moved on.
Out of the garden
Exit the garden and going right.
Going a long way around I reached the front of my destination.
Followed by the other side of the building.
Chinese tea house
This is a replica of a tea house in Shanghai. The sister city who gave this building as gift in 2008 to Hamburg to improve relations between the cities. The tea house is located at the back of the Ethnographic Museum.
The way back
But alas the time to stay at this great place has also passed. Time to go back to the hotel. Passing the place where I ate a few times during the conference. This place was really close to the tea house. And passing my old hotel and the University building where the conference took place. Back to the centre of the city.