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These days most of us are either posting fresh photos taken around the house or reaching deep into our archives. I have recently shared some fresh local photos so now for a change I am going to explore my archives again. When scanning my print photos I noticed that often those which look good in print do not scan well, while other which appear poor, end up quite good. I have some nice photos taken on my trip to Lόneburg in the pre-digital times many years ago, but the scans came out quite poorly. It may be also my new printer/scanner which is not as good as the previous one.

I lived for 2-3 years in Lόbeck, Northern Germany, working in the lab of a professor who is an expert in Coronaviruses, ha ha. It was a great base to explore many local off-the-beaten-track places, less popular among international tourists and yet truly beautiful. One of them was Lόneburg in Lower Saxony. There are not many photos from Lόneburg on TrekEarth but I am afraid the quality of my photos may not be good enough to convince you about its beauty.

Interesting point to notice is the spelling of the town name. Similarly to Lόbeck its name is spelled with two little dots above u. Many European languages, even though they use the Latin alphabet, they sneak into their alphabets some extra letters with dots or lines here and there. German ό is pronounced less like u and more like y. To somehow translate this extra letter into all-Latin letters, Germans are allowed to change the spelling ό to ue. So for Lόbeck it would be Luebeck and for Lόneburg, Lueneburg. However when these names are used in English the dots are of course skipped but the extra letter e does not appear. So the international spelling of Lόbeck should be actually Lubeck, and of Lόneburg, it should be Luneburg. Why I am sharing with you this long story? In TrekEarth there are two locations you can find under the Lower Saxony, one called Luneburg and another Lueneburg. Lueneburg obviously created by Germans, who could not use the ό here. They are formally correct but nobody from an international community would know where the extra e comes from.

Lόneburg was a part of the Medieval Hanseatic League and you can see it straight away looking at its architecture, which copies designs from its former capital town, Lόbeck.

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