Day 892: Lübeck

Founded in 1143 in Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) on the Baltic Sea, Lübeck was an important city of the Hanseatic League, medieval trade organization.  Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring over 1,000 historic structures, it is a great place to visit.  Laetitia took a group there to enjoy the history, culture, and food, including some exceptionally fine marzipan.

Once a part of the League Hanseatic
Lübeck’s scenery is quite dramatic
And if great marzipan
Is part of your plan
You’ll have reason to be ecstatic.

Day 891: Strabane

Laetitia led a tour to Strabane in County Tyrone, Northern Island, on the River Foyle.  One of the highlights of the visit was a sculpture, just outside of town, called “Let the Dance Begin” or “The Tinnies.”  It became the subject of the day’s limerick.

Near Strabane, flute and fiddle play gaily
As metallic forms dance at a ceili
Dawn to dusk; dusk to dawn
While the Foyle just rolls on
Through the land of the hawthorn shillelagh

Day 890: Brian Friel

Laetitia and Granny were saddened to learn of the death of playwright, Brian Friel, a leading light in Irish theatre.  Dancing at Lughnasa, Philadelphia, Here I Come, and Faith Healer were special favorites.  In his honor, Laetitia wrote a limerick toast.

To a man who sought life’s truths with zeal
And on the stage made them come real
Let’s all raise a glass
To this playwright first class
And say Dia Leat to bard, Brian Friel.

Day 889: Cult Car

At family parties, Laetitia’s Uncle Ralph sometimes waxes nostalgically about the automobiles in the mid 1950s, especially the Chevys.  His harangue usually lasts until Aunt Margaret shuts him up by saying it was a fools’ paradise.  Most of the teenagers cruising Main Street in cars that got 6 miles to the gallon of leaded gasoline had no idea of the practice’s negative impact on the environment.  Nonetheless, there is a cult surrounding those cars, fueled no doubt in some cases by older folks who would like to regain their lost youth.  These days, the best place to see such cars is in Havana, Cuba.

In a Fifties teenager’s view, Heaven
Was a Chevy Bel Air ‘57
V-8 Power-Pack
With dual mufflers, glass-pack
Cruising Main Street well after eleven.