After the exhausting Fischmarkt in Hamburg on Sunday we took a harbor tour boat ride. Same thing today in Bremerhaven after visiting the superb museum of German emigration, the Deutches Auswanderer Haus. I had no idea that there was ocean shipping on such a massive scale in these northern German cities. Hamburg is some distance from the North Sea but the Elbe is navagable a long way inland.
The first two pictures are from Hamburg. They may have stolen the second boat from under the Arch. The third, fourth and fifth ships are in Bremerhaven. All of Mrs. C's great grandparents left for America from there. We think the last of the ships has something to do with North Sea oil drilling. Note the helicopter pad.
The last shot has to do with an observation. More ordinary middle-class people in Germany seem to smoke than in the US. That's a surprise, what with national healthcare and all that. People smoke at will in outdoor restaurants and there are cigarette vending machines back by the toilets. Unheard of in the U.S. They do have warnings on advertising. The text in the bottom pic translates literally as "smoking can make you dead."