Monday, September 17, 2018

Kiel – Burgermeister, Ballasts, and Botanical Gardens, Sept 17, 2018, Jodi V

Terry going up in the 'Pater Noster'

Kiel – Burgermeister, Ballasts, and Botanical Gardens

Outbound to Leuven & Kiel, Day 20 of 24, September 17, 2018
By:  Jodi V

Today we visited the Kieler Rathaus (Kiel City Hall) with a special greeting from a city official since the mayor was unavailable.   We heard some facts about Kiel and Marty presented her with a gift from California, but the most fun was riding the continuous elevator (nicknamed the ‘Pater Noster’ after the way the elevator cars move up and down like a priest’s hands) and seeing the city from the tower.
Marty presenting a gift from our FFSAC to the Kiel Mayor's representative
View from the top

We then visited Geomar where learned all about oceanic research all over the world being led from this foundation in Kiel.  Most impressive were the robotic exploration devices and in particular the failed one which displayed the power of pressure in deep water.
Undersea remote survey vessel Abyss

An armored instrument package which collapsed at 5000m water depth
Close-up of squished electronics

After a schnitzel and pommes lunch, we toured the Botanical Gardens (part of the Christian Albrechts University of Kiel).  It had many variety of plants, including many we have in California.
Lots of exotic plants
and pretty ones

They even had a number of Chile pepper plants in the medicinal garden.

And to top the day, it was perfect weather.

In Friendship and Peace

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