The passages (Gänge) in the Old Town of Lübeck, founded in the Middle Ages to accommodate workers and hand crafters on a limited space, have been poor men's quarters until late 20th century. In the 1970s and 1980s, most of the houses were completely renewed by private persons. Today, it's told to be cool to live in a "Ganghaus". On the other hand, the houses are built tightly one to another, so the inhabitants quickly run out of space. There are usually no cellars, neither, so you have to be innovative if you want to do an orchestral rehearsal, for example. A commonly quoted legend says that the passage between the houses had to be just as broad and high to let two men with a coffin on their shoulder pass through. As far as I know, there is no verification for this legend.
Germany? Before the beginning there was Ginnungagap, an empty space of nothingness, filled with pure creative power. (Sort of like the inside of my head.)And it ends with Ragnarok, the twilight of the Gods. In between is much fighting, betrayal and romance. Just as a good Godly story should be.Heroes have their own graveyard called Valhalla. Unfortunately we cannot show you a panorama of it at this time, nor of the lovely Valkyries who are its escort service.Hail Odin, wandering God wielding wisdom and wand! Hail Freya, hail Tyr, hail Thor!Odin made the many lakes and the fish in them. In his traverses across the lands he caused there to be the Mulheim Bridge in Cologne, as did he make the Mercury fountain, Mercury being of his nature.But it is to the mighty Thor that the Hammering Man gives service.Between the time of the Nordic old ones and that of modern Frankfort there may have been a T.Rex or two on the scene. At least some mastodons for sure came through for lunch, then fell into tar pits to become fossils for us to find.And there we must leave you, O my most pure and holy children.Text by Steve Smith.