More architecture today. I was watching a programme on tv a while back which was about Hansa cities and the wonderful building styles they generated and became fascinated with how they look.
The Hanseatic League was formed in the middle ages as a mercantile association based initially along the Salt Route and it grew to encompass most of Northern Europe, and I'd never heard of it before. Once again I am reminded of the huge chasms in my knowledge of things which are practically on my doorstep! If you'd like to know more about the Hansa, there's a good overview here.