Heavenly Hamburg The lovely German city will showcase the beauty of Lions’ service at the upcoming 96th International Convention by Roger St. Pierre Surprisingly green and architecturally beautiful, Hamburg is admired for its enormous port, historic, lovely down-town and village-like neighborhoods. It’s a city full of quaint cobblestone alleys, centuries-old churches and vi-brant nightlife. The city also will be full of thousands of Lions for a grand week in July as it hosts the 96th Interna-tional Convention. Hamburg will not be just a venue for Lions. The city will embrace Lions and integrate its charms with conven-tion traditions. The Parade of Nations will start at the ma-jestic Rathaus, the town hall and the city’s symbolic heart, and then snake its way around the Binnenalster, an artifi-cial lake bordered by a stunning array of buildings. At the march’s end Lions will spill into a “market of nations,” 16 LION FEBRUAR Y 2013 where 30 pavilions will serve international foods and high-light Lions’ service around the world. The parade will not just display the diversity of Lions but also celebrate the di-versity of our service. The convention runs July 5-9. Future issues of the LION will detail the speakers and attractions. Here is what you need to know about Hamburg and why it’s a wonder-ful place for Lions to gather to celebrate their service and move the association ever forward. Berlin may be the capital of Germany, but Hamburg, the nation’s second-largest city, resolutely refuses to accept a provincial label. It proudly sports all the airs and graces of a major player on the world stage, not just in commerce but also in culture, the arts, sport, the media and tourism.