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.

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