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Ganseliesel - upon graduating, a kiss on the statue will bring good luck

I began writing my distant cousin back in the early 1990s.  We'd write a couple of times a year and send gifts at Christmas.  My first full day in Germany, I took the train to Goettingen to meet her and her family.   I got pretty sick, being jet lagged and riding backward on the train.  Even though Frauke was due in one week, we walked to and through the Christmas Market and around town.  The Christmas Market was similar to the one in Stuttgart.  They had a carosel for the kids to ride and little Tabea had fun on that.  The statue of the Ganseliesel (Goose Girl) has some tradition behind it.  When students receive their Ph. D, they climb the statue and kiss the girl.  She is considered to be the most kissed girl in the world! 

The Planetenweg - Planet Path - is a "to scale", so to speak, diorama of the solar system.  The train station serves as the sun, and the planets are spread out through the town based on their distance from the sun (train station).  We saw the sign for Jupiter, and Saturn.  It would be fun to locate them all, but I didn't have time. 

 We peeked in many churches to look at the nativity scenes, and one church that has tours up the bell tower was closed that day.  Later, we stopped in the Rathaus - the city hall - and saw the crests painted on the walls.  That's about it - just a quick one day trip to meet Frauke!

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Ganseliesel - upon graduating, a k…
Ganseliesel - upon graduating, a …
Prinzenstrasse - pedestrian zone
Prinzenstrasse - pedestrian zone
Jupiter - Planetenweg
Jupiter - Planetenweg
Me and Tabea by the Ganseliesel
Me and Tabea by the Ganseliesel
Tabeas Carosel ride
Tabea's Carosel ride
Christmas Market at night
Christmas Market at night
Inside the Rathaus
Inside the Rathaus
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