From the Darss we expected to zip right along to Binz, but we drove so close to the great Hansa port city of Stralsund that we thought it would be a shame to bypass it. So we headed for the Centrum and parked a bit on the outskirts once we saw some of the great spires. You never know when and where you might find a no charge parking spot without paying $2.00 or more per hour, and constantly worrying about an expired meter. We couldn’t have found a more picturesque spot to stop, right by one of the inland lakes that characterize the north coast.

Here we start our exploration of Stralsund.

Here we start our exploration of Stralsund.

We cross a bridge and are met by a protective wall, city gate and one of several huge brick Gothic churches from the Middle Ages. But that’s after we pass an ice-cream parlor and share a tasty milkshake.

Brick church neat the city wall

Brick church near the city wall

The city is a real jewel and is approaching full restoration, great for tourists and locals alike.

The city is sprucing up so very well.

The city is sprucing up so very well.

Hansa Gothic

Hansa Gothic

Great brick buildings everywhere

Great brick buildings everywhere

The City Hall is on one side of the main plaza in all its Gothic glory of characteristic brick.

City Hall, the Rathaus

City Hall, the Rathaus

Inside corridor in the city hall

Inside corridor in the city hall

Connecting corridor to the city hall annex

Connecting corridor to the cathedral. Church and state weren’t so separated at that time.

A civil wedding ceremony was taking place in city hall. Some guests were waiting outside to cast their approval. The getaway car was waiting. The comical thing was that the car was an old East German Trabant, the prize under Communism of being on a wait list for decades.

Trabant get away carfare the newlyweds

Trabant get away car for the newlyweds

The austere Trabant interior

The austere Trabant interior

The square was in full sun and many people were enjoying lunch or a drink, usually beer and a cigarette.

Time to relax in the sun

Time to relax in the sun

We joined them under a large umbrella and had a delicious meal.

Whatever it was it sure was good.

I ordered pickled herring, or Matjes. Whatever it was it sure was good.

Eva sprang for smoked fish.

Eva sprang for smoked fish.

After lunch we wandered around the cobbled streets seeing the sights. We came across another great church, now repurposed as a maritime museum. We could visit the large lobby without paying admission. Since most Polish museum exhibits are described only in the Polish language, we haven’t been paying only to be confused and uninformed.

The church/museum entry with an old wooden boat in the courtyard.

The church/museum entry with an old wooden boat in the courtyard.

Inside were photos of the massive damage to the church during the second world war.

Photo display of war's destruction, and rebuilding

Photo display of war’s destruction, and rebuilding

, and the church’s reconstruction.

Most interesting was a globe showing the effect of ocean currents. Some decades ago a cargo ship heading from China to the US sank in the Pacific Ocean. The ship was carrying a load of rubber ducky bathtub toys. Over the years these duckies have been found all over the world, and are physical witness to the ocean currents and mixing of waters above and below the equator. Currents even flow in the northwest passage, now opened due to global warming and melting sea ice.

Rubber ducky discovery points

Rubber ducky discovery points

Flow routes

Flow routes

A little eye candy

A little eye candy

A good marker for finding your bike in a sea of bikes

A good marker for finding your bike in a sea of bikes

He's a cute one!

He’s a cute one!

Unobservant

Unobservant

A fine entryway

A fine entryway

Interesting bannister

Interesting bannister

Another bannister

Another bannister

Doorstep

Doorstep

Eva takes a rest at a very narrow house

Eva takes a rest in front of a very narrow door

We head down to the wharf.

A different style building

A different style building

A real mermaid, kinda

A real mermaid, kinda

Up close in all her seductiveness

Up close in all her seductiveness

We get to the wharf at last, where we can see the car bridge that will take us over to the island of Rügen.

Old sailboat, now a good place for a wedding ceremony, which was taking place.

Old sailboat, now a good place for a wedding ceremony, which was taking place.

Now it’s time to be on our way as we must check in to our apartment in the town of Binz, an old seaside resort. We’ll be staying in one of the traditional white buildings with a balcony overlooking the water. For us, we overlook an inland lake, but that’s ok.

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