Holidays on the Danish Baltic Sea

Picking the Baltic Sea in Denmark for our holiday destination this summer came about in an interesting way. In my many years of downsizing our home, I had to revert to certain tricks to let things go. This actually applies more to my better half.

I told him to imagine we would move to a House in the Danish Dunes. If that were the case, would he take this item with him..? If the answer is no, then it is time to say good bye.

I spend my free time sorting and de-cluttering, and so the liberating expression, “Would you take this to Denmark?” popped up on a regular basis. Then, we could not help but actually book a holiday there this summer.

We spent a wonderful week in Sydals, near Sønderborg in southern Denmark, which was the first part of our leg (first week in July).

Driving around the countryside, we had never seen so many poppies before. If you thought bright sunshine would make a dashing contrast to the red color, try dark skies. This is much better.

Poppies in Denmark

This is the view from where I sat every morning. Our hostess explained that the sea lies hidden behind the tall canola field. I didn’t mind. Looking at the skies, feeling the morning breeze, and listening to the birds was all I needed. Well, add coffee to that.

Morning sky in Sydals, Denmark

Lucky for me, we had a Strandimbiss (beach snack bar) in walking distance. We came here almost every day – if not for a light lunch, then it could be for a small bottle of wine to go, or just to do laundry. The Danes are so relaxed and kind. No wonder Denmark rates as the country with the second highest happiness index (behind Finland).

Sonderby H in Sydals, Denmark

Here we stopped in Mommark for lunch, and enjoyed another great view of the open skies. You might have noticed by now that the skies are usually dark. We had daily average temps of 17°-20°, which is perfect for me. Without the constant wind, it felt much warmer though.

Mommark, Denmark

If we are on the seaside, then it had better be seafood for lunch. For my husband, not me.

More to follow in my next post.

Pubs Are Open in the U.K. as of 4 July 2020

The Corona lockdown started in the U.K. in March, which was one week after Germany started its own.

As of yesterday, 4 July 2020, pubs and hairdressers are open again in the U.K.. Our son, who lives in London, finally went to the hairdresser yesterday. I got to see the before and after shots – I’m glad he had the chance to go. He did not go to the pub, but took this photo while passing by this one, Blanca Road Brew Co.

Understandably, young people, after all that time of isolation, have more of a need to go out and socialize.

We ourselves had our first outing in a beer garden in Germany back in mid-May, but there was plenty of spacing and precaution.

… all’s well that ends well.

Two Weeks at the Baltic Sea

Maasholm – The weather at the Baltic Sea is as changeable as they say. But this summer, it ranged mostly in the upper 20s and low 30s. My iPad even developed some heat issue after 30 minutes in the sun. Mind you, this was at the Baltic Sea, which has a cooler climate. Usually.

The iPad needs to cool down

The iPad needs to cool down

I spent most mornings at the Maasholm Harbor for its fresh air, cool breezes, and wifi access. Our apartment did not have internet connection and I assume most other rental places did not either. Maasholm is an Erholungsort (recreational village), so the residents and landlords might like to keep the internet out as well.

This fishing village also had restricted car traffic within, but there is a big parking lot outside the village.

Maasholm port

Our summer break starts earlier than the rest of the German public schools. Therefore, we usually get to leave before peak season begins. Our two weeks ended right at the beginning of the summer break in four German states.

This is what the beach looked like before schools ends in summer. The first four states started summer break in mid-July (2014). These dates vary from year to year.

empty beach

Here we went on a short boat ride to Schleimünde. From Maasholm Port to Schleimünde, it takes about 15 minutes and we got to spend about 45 minutes there. We joined the volunteer tour guide, who took us around this peninsula stretch.The boat ride is 12 euro per person.

Evenings by the Schlei estuary were just as quiet and beautiful.

Sundown Schlei

Maasholm is very much in contrast to the famous Baltic Sea resort of Schönhagen (about 20 min by car from Maasholm). Schönhagen has many facilities to accommodate all the tourists (including a Döner stand) and comes across as very generic and overdeveloped when compared to tranquil Maasholm.

New Regulation for Drinking and Driving in France

Starting 01 July 2012, every driver in France needs to carry an alcohol testing device (breathalyzer) in the car. This applies not only to local residents, but to tourists and business travelers as well.

You can buy this one-way gadget for about € 1,50 at most pharmacies, discos, and gas stations.

Not carrying one in the car will get you a fine of € 11,–

More about this on Focus.de/auto/news in German.

Busy Time for Combines

Saturday, July 31, was the last good  day to harvest the wheat before the rain set in as of Sunday. On our drive to Zeilitzheim, we saw so many fields with combines leaving a trail of dust.

Where I grew up, in a small Franconian village called Hambach, only two or three of the biggest farmers had a combine. For the harvest, my father used to rent his from the neighbor.

We must have seen at least a dozen combines raking the land during our drive on this two-mile stretch between villages.

Mähdrescher (combine)

Rural Germany is very nice during this time a year. There are golden wheat fields, yellow sunflower fields, and  fields with green stalks of corn (the corn has not done so well this year due to lack of rain, yields are down by 1/5).

When I was a kid, I sometimes got teased about my last name being Drescher (thresher) during that time of year. ” Da kommt die Mähdrescher!” Silly things we sometimes remember.