This is a suburb of Rostock and formerly in East Germany. A West German gentleman that we met on the trip said it took billions of Euro's to bring East Germany part way up to the standards accepted in West Germany. It was a delightful little village with many shops. A very pleasant stop.
(Rostock, Germany - suburb)
Our guide in the afternoon said under the DDR it took 5-6 years to order a car and it seems almost unbelievable to now be able to walk into the car dealer and buy a car. However the excise tax on the car is about double the initial cost of the car -- makes for a very expensive car. She also was pleased to tell us that they have shopping malls in suburban Rostock. Rostock is in the Mecklenburg area..
One little piece of trivia she mentioned, that I found interesting, was instead of crossing their fingers for good luck they squeeze thumbs.
As we drove by an apartment building that was cement and formerly looked like the Projects -- was now enhanced with shutters and porches. She said "we got rid of the landmarks from Socialism that everybody knew". She also said during the Russian occupation -- the beaches were lit up every night with searchlights and machine guns to keep people from escaping by way of the Baltic Sea.
The guide said the churches started the `Quiet Revolution" with sit-in's about a year before the Berlin wall came down. These were peaceful sit-ins in government offices and "the Russian's found they could not kill everyone."
Our visit that day was to a Hunting Lodge and an Amber Museum -- the shops sold a lot of Amber to our fellow passengers and in Russia they sold a lot of the Babushka Dolls.
We picked this trip because it took us into the country side and within 70 kilometers of the Polish border. Just across the Polish border was where my Mother's father emigrated from -- it was Germany up until the Potsdam agreement in 1945 when it became part of Poland -- so it gave us a chance to see what the country side was like. The Amber Museum was in a village called Ribnitz and it was an ancient Monastary before becoming a museum. The Hunting Lodge was probably not unlike the Estate where my Mother's grandfather worked as a Coachman.
On our ride to through Rostock we passed a large building that built Airplanes during WWII. While Rostock the city suffered a great deal of bomb damage from the Russians -- the air plane factory did not get much damage. Bombs during that time were not all that accurate.
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