It was Eva’s special wish to spend a few days on the north coast island of Amrum, right on the border with Denmark, where she had stayed several months in her youth recovering from a malady. After leaving our car on the mainland, we took a quiet, modern ferry to the island, a two hour ride away where we found miles of beautiful sandy beaches.

Packed like sardines while boarding the ferry

Packed like sardines while boarding the ferry

Like seafarers

Like seafarers

We keep to the tiny deep channel as we head for Amrum

We keep to the tiny deep channel as we head for Amrum

This is a real vacation land, with miles of biking and walking trails and miles of pure white sandy beaches. We were located in the best possible location, out the back door to a long dike that led to the beach, roughly a mile away. The outlying marshlands were full of noisy shorebirds, geese and small bunny rabbits. 

Our digs for a few days

Our digs for a few days

One morning we took a long walk along the dike, spotting wildlife left and right. Eventually, after I turned back, Eva walked miles alone, savoring sand, dunes and salt air. She was really in her element.

I originally expected that Eva would spend endless hours catching rays on the beach but ’twas not to be. The first evening and next day were quite overcast and cool. The last day was sunny but we spent it walking about ten miles in exploration of forest, dunes and finally Eva’s clinic. It was located in a beautiful area on the edge of high dunes. Since Eva was there in the 50s it has grown to be a huge facility, but the old building where Eva lived and went to school for four months was still there.

Long walk in the woods

Long walk in the woods

Boardwalk through swampy area

Boardwalk through swampy area

Eva's clinic in the dunes

Eva’s clinic in the dunes

Miles of dunes

Miles of dunes

In the end, we hardly walked on the beaches at all, much less flopping on the sand for sun and relaxation. We did find that one boardwalk led us to a lighthouse out in the dunes with a kilometer wide beach stretching to indefinite length.

Boardwalk from the lighthouse

Boardwalk from the lighthouse

Of course all this walking worked up an interest in taking refreshments so we stopped at a village bakery and refreshed in the garden over Caffee und Kuchen in the usual afternoon fashion.

Village bakery with garden

Village bakery with garden

Afternoon pick-me-up

Afternoon pick-me-up

Sitting in a Strandkorb

Sitting in a Strandkorb

Once home again by bus we had one of our best dinners yet, the results of a truly competent kitchen and staff, in a cozy place filled with charm, next door to our hotel.

Bike rental shop by the bus stop

Bike rental shop by the bus stop

Restaurant next door

Restaurant next door

In our little village Eva was pleased to find a well-stocked bookstore with just the authors she was hoping to find. She definitely wanted to stay longer and hopes for another chance.
A convenient ATM dispensed all the currency we would need to pay the hotel, meals out and purchases. No credit cards are taken here at all in this 100% tourist location. Amazing.

Morning came all too soon as we wrapped things up, had our last breakfast and pulled our luggage through narrow streets to the bus stop. The bus would drive us past all the places we discovered the day before on foot, to the far other end of the island, right in front of the ferry landing. 

Ferry taking us from Amrum. Our island vacation is now over.

Ferry taking us from Amrum. Our island vacation is now over.

We walked on board and the ferry left, exactly on time to the minute.

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